HO town scene – Donald’s first layout

Donald’s been in touch with a wonderful HO town scene – his first layout too!

“Hi Al,

I’m Donald, I’m new at this but, I’ve been a train lover for 60 years. This is my first HO scale layout.

Most people I’ve sent pictures too said they love it.

I hope you and the master layout builders find it interesting also.



HO scale locomotive

HO freight and brake car

HO scale finished model railroad

HO loading platform

HO scale road crossing

HO scale shops store

A big thanks to Donald for sharing his HO town – and now on to Eric who is pretty much doing the same:

Now on to Eric:

“I mentioned in past post about ladies of the night waving down cars well that is here.

The fire in the old warehouse is getting out of control. The fire department is unable to respond due to police activity on the Westside of the building.

Then there is a little twist ….

One of the bloger followers wanted crime in the town well here it is , there was a clue in a past post photo with police cars blocking the street and officers out and with a police dog 🐕.

The talk around Town Maxville is the guy with the knife stabbed the guy on the ground and the other guy with a gun on a lady. Both may have started the fire in the vacant warehouse for profit.

I threw some extra pics of Town Maxville.

I will send YouTube videos in part 7 which will complete Town Maxville, well we will never know what else could happen.

Thank you Al and everyone that has been following Town Maxville

Eric the Firefighter St. Louis, MO area.”

HO scale car

HO scale police car

HO town backdrop

HO town buildings

HO town buildings

HO scale steam engine passing diesel locomotive

HO town police on the scene

overhead view of HO town

A big thanks to Donald and Eric.

Hope it’s inspired one to two of you to jump off that cosy chair and start on your own layout.

Don’t forget, this is how Eric started his HO scale:

It’s all about making that start!

That’s all for today folks.

Please do keep ’em coming.

And if today is the day you actually hit that button instead of just thinking about it, the Beginner’s Guide is here.



PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

PPS More HO scale train layouts here if that’s your thing.

19 Responses to HO town scene – Donald’s first layout

  1. Both got plenty of detail Eric and Donald ..very nice

  2. Rod Challis says:

    Two super detailed layouts, well done both and
    Eric’s is everything I would expect to find in the US!

  3. Tony, Kitty Hawk NC says:

    Donald – Great job! Eric- love the tarring the roof scene-very unique! Thank you both for sharing (and, of course, thank you Alastair for organizing it all!).

  4. George Zaky says:

    Super layout. Like to know more techy stuff and how things are running. A video would be nice.
    I got such a kick about your schemes and plots. A viewpoint from a first responder incorporated in our hobby. Great job.

    “Of course I crash them! Why else would a grown man play with Trains!”.. Gomez Addams. LOL

  5. Eric Kiehl says:

    Don great job, looks very real and love the power lines.
    Keep it up ideas always will pop and next thing you know you are doing it. Wonderful job.

    And to you Al, I read father down in blog and you mention a guy had added a crime scene and I said wow can’t wait to see it and it was photos of mine.
    Thank you for reposting and always thank you for your time you put into the blog.

    Eric Kiehl The Firefighter in the St. Louis Missouri Area.

    I will be retiring 2023 April 3 after 41 yrs 7 months on the job. Wonder what I will do in my spare time.

  6. Mike Balog says:

    Liked the details that tell a story in the Town of Maxville. Always wondered, if it is overlooked by many modelers. That the Little Figures, People, Anaminals, and vehicles always appear too Shiny… Think Walthers used to see a Dulcoat type solution you could paint over the figures, animals and vehicles. Even exterior of the plastic model kit buildings as they are too shiny. Dulling them up would make the scenes more realistic and come to life for the viewer. ~ Mike in N.H.

  7. Erick says:

    Pretty Kool.!!!! I hope mine turns out that good.

  8. Dave S says:

    Donald, very nice layout, especially for a first attempt. I’m most impressed that you added parking lots. Most modelers add shopping areas and worksites but don’t provide real estate for parking spaces. Also like the power lines as an added detail.

  9. Jim AZ says:

    Nicely done by all. Street scenes and structures look great and with unique features and details. Thanks for sharing.

    Jim AZ

  10. Allen Born says:

    Love to see the READING stock.

  11. Excellent work. I’ve been working on mine for a number of years and not nearly as complete as either.

  12. TJK says:

    Donald, the telephone poles and wires are great.
    Always looking for a new idea to add to our layout…..telephone poles and wires….
    Thanks Donald.
    Eric, got a kick out of your action figures….. certainly a different twist from passengers standing on a platform. Great imagination!

  13. Don says:

    great job, the whole set up is well done.

  14. Steve Ruple says:

    Great looking layout Donald, lots of detail including the wiring on the poles, well done.
    Eric looks like a dangers place to live, I think I’ll stay out of that town (LOL), well done I like it !!!!

  15. DaveAnders says:

    Great job for first layout. Hope you had fun.

  16. robert dale tiemann says:

    really cool set ups.

  17. Chris says:

    Very nice first layout

  18. Tom Sallee says:

    No way this was done by a first timer! It looks great.

  19. Jon Webb says:

    Both layouts very well done , with ideas I can follow.

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