HO scale trolley

Bob’s been in touch with his scratch built HO scale trolley line:

“Hi Al,

Love all the posts,ideas,and videos from your subscribers.

Every bit of it makes me think of different ways to accomplish various parts of my layout.

Attached are some pics and a video of the Trolley Line that I put on my Basement wall.

It has all hand made houses, trees and the sky background which I also painted.

Lots of people and the businesses are named after various family members. Cathy’s (my wife) Chocolate Chip Cookies, Bob’s Train World etc…)

It is HO scale, runs on DC, ( I also have a 5’ x 10’ HO Train layout that is all DCC)

The Trolley is controlled by a Circuitron AR2 Auto Reverse module coupled to a Circuitron DT-4 module which allows it to stop at intervals designated buy the Opto-Sensors located in the track.

I live in Springfield Pennsylvania, just southeast of Philadelphia, in the good old USA !

I hope you and your readers enjoy my little world!

Thanks for all your hard work!


HO scale trolley

HO scale trolley

HO scale trolley

HO scale trolley

Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

Loved what Bob has done.

It just goes to show (again!) don’t let lack of space stop you having fun.

And best of all, starting small lets you get your feet wet, and in no time at all, you’ll be hatching plans for the next one.

It’s a great way to go from the armchair, to actually laying track and enjoying yourself.

And now on to Tony:

“Hi Alastair,

The task was how to integrate my love of model railways and the grand kids desire to race their model cars around a race track.

Main board is 8’x4’ then extended across window into goods yard and made a loop back to main side.

Please see finished project which has us all happy now!

Love your posts and ideas from members!

Kind regards

Tony from Stockport”

HO model train layout

HO model railway layout

HO model railway layout

HO layout with race track

HO model railroad with race track

HO model  bridge

HO model railroad race track

HO model train tunnel

HO model railway with race track

HO model train race track

HO model train coal hopper

HO model train helicopter

HO model train house

HO scale model train freight

HO model train with race track

HO model railroad with race track

HO model train with racing cars

That’s all for today folks. A huge thanks to Bob for sharing his HO scale trolley, and to Tony too.

In fact, it’s given me an idea, I think I might do a post linking to all the layouts that don’t take up a lot of space.

That’s all for today folks.

Please do keep ’em coming.

And if today is the day you get started on your layout, 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.

24 Responses to HO scale trolley

  1. Brad says:

    Looks great!!! I am waiting to move to build my layout.I will have something similar to this in the middle of it,going through “town” as the larger trains run around the outside of that. I also plan to have a monorail going around the room at about eye level(wall mounted like you have done).Keep up the excellent work and most importantly-ENJOY

  2. David Hannan says:

    Superb Trolley Line! Wow!

  3. NJ Mark says:

    That trolley line is inspirational. Cheers! NJ Mark

  4. Rob McCrain says:

    The trolley line is great fun. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  5. Lynn T. says:

    WOW! DO any store lights or buildings have lights for night operations?

  6. Bob Bouskill says:

    Fantastic ! ! !

  7. Dan Hulitt says:

    Love the painted buildings and the circuitry to make it work. Very nice job from a guy who grew up in the Delaware Valley.

    MN Dan

  8. James Beal says:

    Great layout and show for the Trolly. Great use of space as well.

    I have an “O” Guage Trolly I am going to put in my city scene. I assume the electrical I saw you make your self. Would you share how you got it to stop and go?

    I would love to have it stop and go. Currently it hits the bumper at each end and reverses direction.

    Great job!


    Jim Beal

  9. Rand Martin says:

    Dude, that is slicker’n snot on a doorknob. What a great idea.

  10. Don Mills says:

    Looking good!!

  11. Harold McGhee says:

    Excellent use of material – gives many ideas what can be done with limited space.
    Thanks for sharing

  12. Rod Mackay says:

    You can run trolley cars of the overhead wire quite effectively, including trolley reversers at the ends of the line, guaranteed to make people fascinated. If your layout has to be in portable sections, it’s harder to keep a constant tension in the overhead, but still perfectly do-able using pantograph pick up and all-wheels current return. Very satisfying too, watching the pan flexing gently up and down as it runs.

  13. Bill Wilson says:

    Glad to see a trolley line. Sold my O scale collection of cars, kits & trackage to finance the manufacture & sales of high quality headphone amplifier. Now have a few pieces of HO traction items.

  14. TOM SAWYER says:


  15. Bob says:

    Thanks for all the nice comments and compliments.

    No, there wasn’t a lot of room behind the houses to install lights, I did think about it but decided not to undertake that idea.

    The Trolley Line is 12Volt DC train controller which controls the speed and a 12volt wall wart that controls the Circuitron AR-2 module coupled to a Circuitron DT-4 which I bought at a local train store.
    The AR-2 allows it to stop and reverse direction when the Trolley covers a light sensor in-bedded between the rails.
    The DT-4 also has up to 4 inputs for light sensors to stop the Trolley wherever you place the sensors.
    They both have controls for the length of time that they stop and reverse the Trolley .
    Future plans include extending the line around the room passing thru a park/wooded area.

  16. Chris Sylvester says:

    Very cool idea I like it

  17. colin Scotland says:

    This is so unusual cant wait for the next instalment.

  18. Greg Schaefer says:

    Bob, nice work. Since you don’t have room to light the buildings, look at the artist Thomas Kincade. He uses some kind of luminescent paint that looks ordinary in normal room light. But when there is ambient light from a bulb or spotlight nearby, the windows in his paintings seem to light up. For someone like you, that might be a way to light the buildings easily.

  19. Lloyd says:

    Love the layout 👏

  20. Harold South Florida says:

    Your video arrived at exactly the right time for me. I just purchased a G scale Peter Witt with the proper Toronto paint job. Using photos from the TTC website I went to a professional printer and had the decals made, which I am now carefully affixing to the correct places. Between 1963 and 1965 the Peter Witts were phased out and replaced with the the-new PCC cars. As I lived in that city until 1963 and visited many times later, I got to ride on both types of cars.
    I’ll be looking for more of your videos as your tinker with and expand your line.

  21. Brian Rockey says:

    Love the trolley line Bob – nice work.
    Bob 2 – Great to see how you’ve incorporated the Scalextric with the railway – super modelling. Just hope the crash barriers prevent the cars flying off into the railway – if they’re anything like mike Grandchildren ……………
    Best to all
    Brian, Wokingham, UK

  22. Larry Bowman says:

    Nice job on the integration of the slot car raceway. I am doing the same thing and for the same reasons (grandchildren). These are VERY few examples online for us to go by. And the most often cited reason for that is cars DO go flying off the track, and you need to take special cautions to prevent your 400+ mph (scale speed) cars from crashing into (and destroying) your custom ($$$) buildings and scenery.

  23. Rob Schweitzer says:

    I raced slot cars as a kid, what a great way to combine the two hobbies.
    The trolley line is super idea. I’d like to try that our. Does anyone know of a company that makes European style trolley cars in HO scale?
    Rob Schweitzer
    St. Goar and Murren Scenic Railway, Ann Arbor, MI, USA

  24. Bob Horn says:

    Looks terriffic. Great job. Maybe add some people waiting for the trolley.

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