How to make cheap loads for your model railway

“Hi Al, this is a 9’2”x11’ stand alone room we were using for storage now turned into a train room.

I inherited four large boxes of HO scale trains consisting of twenty engines and numerous chars of all kinds. This has been a winter project that I will pick up again this coming winter.

We get lots of snow then so nothing else to do. I’m seventy years old now so it’s down to doing this.

The lift out section is 48 inches by 16 inches and locks in place with dowels on each side as shown. I’m almost done with preliminary track layout. Will send picks of that later. Thank you for a wonderful web site for all of us to view and get ideas.

Gerald in Northern California.”

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benchwork

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benchwork

“Hi Al…

Just loaded this video showing how I made some cheap loads for my Bolster Bogie Trucks, did it about 5 years ago, so thought it was worth showing again how to make cheap loads for the railway.

Also I show how I mount and use the Mobius mini Cam, as a few did ask after the last video how I mounted it to video going around the layout…

Regards

Dave”



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That’s all for today, folks.

A big thanks to Gerald and Dave.

And if you want to make a start on your layout – just like Gerald has – the Beginner’s Guide is here.

Best

Al

8 Responses to How to make cheap loads for your model railway

  1. Eric Rayner says:

    Nice tip Dave. Another way would be to use balsa rods available in sizes to suit most gauges and paint them.

  2. Bill Holt says:

    Nice Layout !!

  3. Bill Holt says:

    I did about the same method on my grandsons train layout. I actually cut some small tree branches , left the bark on and all similar in length. Loaded them on my flat cars and secured with small chains I picked up from Home Depot. I ” aged ” the chains by letting them sit outside a few nights. Got that well worn look !! Very realistic look.

  4. To Gerald’s train room: I noticed the hinges on the door to the room being on the inside, meaning that the door opens into the room.Now with the lift out right behind that door I hope you are not locking yourself in. That could be dangerous if you ever need help. I am myself 71 years old and, although being in reasonable shape, I don’t like to get into situations without anybody knowing about.

  5. Lin says:

    Nice idea from Dave. I really like his layout, because it is full of scenery and buildings, yet gives the impression of traveling significant distance by rail. Good job.

  6. All very nice

  7. Dennis Finegan says:

    I always watch Dave’s videos. Puts me to shame. The framing on Gerald’s also looks great.

  8. Ian McDonald says:

    great start to the new layout . you need a sturdy bench. The door could be something to think about maybe a sliding door. Nice how to and video Dave. thanks for sharing.

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