Incline curve – Walt’s

Bob’s been in touch – he’s slowly building up an incline curve on his HO scale.

“Hi Alastair;

It’s been awhile, but I am spending more time working on my layout.

Incorporating the wife’s Dept 56 North Pole Series Collection of 46 buildings with my simple HO railroad oval with some turnouts and a round house!

Here are some photo updates:

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And the last photo shows how I am going to get will get wired below the board for lighting off the buildings!



Looks like Walt is doing a thorough job of building up his incline curve.

It reminds me of Bruce’s post on inclines.

It’s a thorny issue – get it wrong and your inclines be a constant source of irritation.

Now on to Wayne.

If you missed his post yesterday it’s here.

He sent this in since:

“Dear Mr. Alastair Lee I have read some of your input, and that of other model train nuts. I am one also and have been for over 65 years.

I have always wanted to have a larger layout than a 4’X8’. I waited for a long time to make my dream become a reality.

My wife passed away about a year and half ago. Her canning room was next to our bedroom. I decided to turn that room into my train layout room.

The room size is 8’ x 14’ which is large enough for what I wanted. At 77 years old I thought I better do something while I still can.

I started this about 10 mo. ago. I don’t sleep much at night, which has helped me get as far along as I have. I have photographed almost every night’s progress.

I spent a lot of nights with paper and ruler trying to layout something that would work.

I finely purchased the HO scale computer software called Any Rail. It is great if you read the instructions’ first. I didn’t, it would have been quicker if I had, it works great once you know what to do.

If you could take a look at my layout and tell me what you think.

Most of the main lines have a 30-inch radius. This was so when I get one of my dreams (big boy) it can handle the curves with no problems.

I am calling my layout Canyon Springs RR. It’s a transition from late 1940 to mid-1960. Even though I read model railroad magazine, you tube videos, and articles like yours, this has been a learning curve, and still is.

I was looking for the tracks to cross over each other at the height needed for clearance. To get close to the grade to achieve the 4 cross overs. This left me with a lot less track footage but left me areas large enough for decent size industries, and a fare size yard.

I will try and keep you supplied with photos. If any you want to post, great. The rest can be put in the circular file.

I am going to drop off a couple more from last night. In some of my photos you can see Rix Products HO 628-0103 Early 150′ Highway Overpass Kit.

I like things to have a start and a stop to them. To cut the cost a little and fit in my area I cut the bridge in half length ways. I think I used 4 kits so I would have enough side railing for both sides.

To get the curve down, and also bend around I used a heat gun. If you don’t get in a hurry you can form the plastic about any way you want. It’s a one lane bridge for ho, and two lane for n gauge.

I will tell you some of the other things that have been kit bashed, or made to fit what was needed. Enough for now need to get back on the layout.

If you could let me know about the photos from yesterday I would appreciate it. Thank you.


I have really enjoyed following Wayne’s layout journey.

And his missive above is just another good example of this. It’s great to see what you all get up to.

Please do leave a comment below if you can help Wayne.

That’s all for today – except one thing: what’s happened to all you N scale? And other scalers? We’ve had quite a run of HO scale at the mo.

Oh, and don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide, if today is the day you start your railroad journey.



PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

5 Responses to Incline curve – Walt’s

  1. Greg Marples says:

    Wayne, N scale-“er” responding…I posted a while back on my “Union Pacific Central Division Hub at Marysville, KS” layout. Lately I have been kind of bogged down scratch building a 390 scale foot icing dock (shrunk from the actual PFE dock that stood here that was over 1,000 feet long). I got kind of tired of glueing five tiny “insulators” on top of each post frame to string electric wires and led lights through. I use electric motor armature winding wire for fence wire and overhead electric lines, it can be pulled straight beforehand and is thinner and stronger than thread. Anyway, I need to make myself get out the tweezers, steady my shakey hands and glue the rest of those on so I can get it painted and move on to something else!
    I hope you get your Big Boy! I have one, and designed my layout with wide, easy curves and gentle, hand laid turnouts so those engines and even long, non-articulated ones will run through smoothly. Thanks for the boost!

  2. Erick says:

    Look pretty kool.!!!!! Would like to see more. I sure hope mine turns out that good.

  3. Frank Juhasz says:

    I notice that many layouts are on foam board’s.I have several questions regarding this method. I am now using plywood with “Track-Bed” and nailing down my N Scale track and breaking many ties in the process. So here are my questions:
    1. Why do you use it and how is it cut.
    2. When I go to Home Depot, what do I ask for.
    3. Do I still use “Track Bed” or cork on top of the foam. ( it has to be movable )
    4. How do I nail down the track
    5. I have DCC. Will it affect the engine sounds.
    Thanks for the answers and any othersuggestions you guys have.
    Frank (73) in Arizona

  4. Robert says:

    Hello Wayne. I liked the name for yer railroad. I also am building my first layout,Sir. I am setting my railroad in Mayberry,Missouri. About the late forties,into the middle fifties are; when steam still ruled the short lines. My BIG thing has been wiring so far. I am a novice at it. I read someone`s site where they used 14 gauge wiring, and that is what I started out with. I have had to RE change it to 22 gauge. RE wiring today. Frustrated, but still moving along and learning. I have lain my bouard, styrofoam, and roadbed plus the track is all hooked up. Second time I am wiring tho. Like you, I have a big switch yard, a town, and a few industries. I wanted the railroad to be supportive ,what with the town and industries. I took a coaling tower and converted it to a Feedmill. Right how, small scale boxes serve as buildings for now. I have learned a lot watching tghe many model train video`s. I wish you luck Sir with yer layout. I hope to be posting pictures and something worth reading REAL soon.

  5. John says:

    Pls answer these questions. Alot of beginning modeler want to know!

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