HO scale trestle

John’s been back in touch again with his HO scale trestle (his last post is here).


The bridge module is ready for scenery, trees, dirt and water. Bridges came out pretty good so far, I’ll be going back for “super-detailing” like power lines, safety platforms, tunnel liners, and signals for the tunnels.

Probably not going to be able to get back to this for a while, as I’m traveling again starting tomorrow, and am teaching some Transit people how to troubleshoot a new train-control system.


HO scale trestle

HO scale trestle

HO scale trestle

HO scale trestle

HO scale trestle

Whenever I see a HO scale trestle bridge, I’m always reminded of Dan’s post:

HO scale trestle template.

Now on to Jack (his last post is here).

“Hi Al,

In my last post I was working on my backdrop. I finally finished it.

Since the one side is 8’ long I had a lot of space to fill. I made hills to cover the roads as they curved off into the distance. I toyed with adding a golf course and cut tee boxes, fairways and greens from green paper, but didn’t like it. I then decided on fields.

I had already applied green turf, so I masked off the fields and covered with earth turf. Using a straightedge and small screwdriver I etched lines to represent rows, which exposed some of the green beneath. I sprayed the area with scenic cement to set it.

I added a building and trees, larger in the foreground and getting smaller towards the background. Attached are photos of the work in progress and a video of the finished product.

I also added a switch at the right front and one in the tunnel for future expansion.


4x8 Ho scale

4x8 HO scale

A big thanks to Jack and to John for sharing his HO scale trestle.

It just goes to show, a layout is never finished – there’s always something to do, or some little tweak that slow gnaws away at you until you decide it’s time.

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.

13 Responses to HO scale trestle

  1. NJ Mark says:

    Nice detail all around. I especially like the folks relaxing on their patios. Cheers! NJ Mark

  2. Bob says:

    Love the carnival rides!

  3. Warren Ferguson says:

    I love the layout, Jack. I especially like the carnival rides. You’re doing a beautiful job. Warren, Alabama

  4. Roy Forbes says:

    Looking good. Well done.

  5. Rod Mackay says:

    Made the mistake of fixing my backscenes to the layout permanently, can’t get them off now to remedy fading prints, oops.

  6. JOHN FELTY says:

    Love the carnival….now I have to build one in n-scale. Just what I needed, Jack….ANOTHER project.
    Keep up the good work!

  7. Pete Evangel says:

    Golf course??!!! I never thought about adding one. What a great idea (If am going to “borrow” this for later use!!! Love all the detail you have. Great looking layout.

    Partly Sunny Silicon Valley.

  8. David Howarth says:

    Nice little layout you have there jack …Dangerous Dave

  9. Bill Holt says:

    Nice bridge work. VERY GOOD INDEED !

  10. Robert Brady says:

    John Love the bridge work but those tight turns concern me.
    What is the company that makes those bridges ?
    The Critic

  11. JIMMY ROBINSON says:

    John, I like the bridge work, and look forward to photos of the detail. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen any photos of John Allen’s Gorre and Daphetid pike, but your multi-layer bridges remind me of that layout.

  12. Will in NM says:

    The bridges look fabulous! You must be good at thinking in three dimensions to come up with such great relief on your layout. It does remind me too of John Allen’s famous Gorre & Daphetid model railroad (which I was lucky enough to visit in person in 1962 when I was 14 years old — even got to run a train for a few minutes before my folks came to pick me up. I think my mom thought he was some kind of perv because he wasn’t married and spent so much time on model trains. 🙂

    I’m not sure I understood any of what you wrote about golf courses and backdrops, But I did get the idea tht you’re making your backdrop more 3-dimensional with the hill and trees in front of it. The final result looks good.

  13. Erick says:

    Wow pretty kool .I hope mine turn out that good.

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