Hugh has been in touch with some proper nostalgia – his Pre war lionel O gauge train engines
Have a look at Hugh’s O gauge – and his fantastic poster too:
“Hi Alastair, Enjoy looking at your site.
I like pre war lionel o gauge train engines, tin plate mainly. So I built this layout for my Great Northern Railway trains. It is based on the 1956 Marx Rocky Mountain Express set and modified to represent the Glacier National Park area.
Most everything is from 1939 into the WWII era when tin toys stopped being produced. All the buildings are card board or wood.
The trains are custom painted Marx plus a set of wooden kit passenger cars that look like the trains GNR operated circa 1939. It is on a 71” x 40” coffee table.
We live in a Victorian house built in 1890 near Glacier Park. So I built a small table top layout that is like the ones Lionel sold in the 1920s and 30s. It is part of the living room furniture.
I some times run Ives, Hornby and Bing tin plate on it. The blue train is a Dorfan 53 with a Lionel motor, an AF mail car and 2 607 type Lionel coaches.
Some of the buildings are tin copies of German ones. I made them smaller to better fit the overall 0-27 scale.
This is one small loop and works good for clock work trains, too. It started out fairly simple and grew.
Loved seeing the poster and the actual layout!
Now on to Fred:
“My son has helped me make a backdrop image on my computer. It is 12″ by 144 inches. Where can I get it printed as one long sheet???
Next, on to Bill. Track cleaning is a subject that always pops up on the blog.
And Bill has thought of something I haven’t seen before:
Came up with an interesting method of cleaning debris and especially bits of foam.
Plugged my keyboard vacuum which runs on the USB into my cell phone aux batter (morphie). Now I have a portable vacuum to clean my layout. It is still incomplete but coming along!
Who can help Fred? Please leave a comment below, I’d love to know too – backdrops are another subject that always pop up. There have been some cracking ‘how-to’s on them over the years.
Lastly, if you’d like to share anything, now’s the time to get in touch. It’s all getting a bit thin on the ground this end. And you HO chaps have definitely all gone to sleep.
That’s all for today folks.
A big thanks to Bill, and to Hugh for sharing his .re war lionel O gauge train engines.
Please don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide if it’s time for you to stop dreaming and start doing. It’s a sensible first step, whether you haven’t picked up some track in years, or you’ve never stopped dabbling.
PPS More HO scale train layouts here if that’s your thing.