Jacob’s been in touch with his 8×12 O gauge. It’s unusual because he’s combined it with an HO on the upper deck:
I read your column almost daily, and learn quite a bit each time. I grew up in steel mill country in Western Pa, and heard trains running 24/7/365 in and out of the steel mills.
It was always busy at the mills, Homestead Steel Mill and J&L Works. Watched them as a kid from a hillside about 400 ft. above the mills along the Monongahala River. So trains and mills are in my blood. To a child, it all looked like a magical miniature train layout.
Had Lionel’s growing up and still have original Lionel Berkshire engine & freight train I received from my parents at Christmas, 1949. Still runs great.
Now retired and returned to the hobby. I built a combined 8×12 O Gauge/HO layout, with O Gauge on upper deck, HO below. Decided to build a separate HO layout (6 x 8 ft) in the same large room, featuring a double deck, model steel mill, rolling mill & coal mine scenes. Kits for all of these are under construction.
Been working on it for about six weeks. Here’s progress so far.
Trains will go up to upper deck (coal mine area) come back down the other side, loop into steel mill area, disappear under far deck, then reappear and go back to upper deck.
There will be a PRR passenger train around the outside of the bottom and steel mill hot metal & slag cars, and a coal train on other tracks.
Like many others, the surroundings of my youth will be recreated in my layout. There’s an opening for access to tracks against the back wall with a hatch. I’ll keep you posted on the progress.
Having a lot of fun building two layouts, O Gauge & HO. I enjoy both gauges.
My 21 month old grandson loves the trains too.
Enjoying retirement in Florida,
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That’s all for today, folks.
A big thanks to Jacob – looking forward to his updates on that 8×12 O gauge!
Just goes to show making a start is the most important part of this hobby.
And if you want to make your start, the Beginner’s Guide is here.
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