I was at the Scottish Model Rail exhibition in Glasgow last week and I took these photographs of an amazing exhibit.
They are of a model of the Forth Rail Bridge in ‘T’ scale, I have never seen so much accurate detail on a model before. The guy must have lots of skill and patience.
The thing is, I can see the bridge from my house, it’s about 5 miles away as the crow flies. He even got the detail of the hotel my wife and I had our wedding reception in many years ago…
I only hope you can share this on the site, if only for the sheer skill and detail.
I’ve been dreaming of a layout since my dad bought me 2 n scale sets 49 years ago. Here’s my first n scale modded layout I’m working on. I wanted a small layout So I went looking on the web and found a printout for a door top that had a turn table, round house, a bit of yard, and was.
I had a Arnold turnable and 6 stall round house for years and was looking for a nice layout to base around them. Now it was time to re educate myself on the world of model railroading. What type of track. DCC or DC. types of turnouts and controls. Etc. So I decided to go old school with DC control. I did a mockup and was not pleased with traffic logic nor the amount of spurs.
I also was thinking modular. So I created a two way main line for expansion when I turn 102, and use them as spurs until then. My idea is to build it as a portable unit with a lid for storage and transport. Sort of an over sized suitcase. One thing I thought about is scenery.
I kept the KISS acronym in mind and decided on a engine maintenance theme. So no hills rivers and tunnels. I have not forgotten DCC. The track electrical will be wired for DC and have wiring for DCC for future upgrading. I’m looking at Turtle and NEC switch controls as they can be used both systems. I’ll be building a switch/ traffic control board and hope to make it detachable. I’m sure I can find a place on the lid to have a storage pocket for it.
Attached is the original plan and a pic of the current mockup. I’m sure things will change as I learn more and problems crop up.
Any input will be considered.
“Hi Al ,
I started model trains when I was a teen and over the years I made several attempts to build a layout, however there was always something that came along to prevent it from happening. Now that I am
75 and fully retired ,I have finally got something going.
Your e-mails are awesome. So much information and a huge help and big money saving ideas. I love your e-mails and everyday I look forward to receiving them.
I have attached a few pictures . My layout is called Cedar Junction, The theme is western mining and lumber operations in Colorado and California in the late 1800 s to early 1900s. Take a look . I have been working on it for about 4 months now. My mainline and all sidings are operational.
Your web site has helped me so much. I did not realize what it takes to build a model train layout.
A huge thanks to JD, Eric and Eddie for today’s missive.
I did enjoy reading JD’s words: it’s really nice to read the site is helping folk turn their daydreams and thoughts in to a real layout. Sounds corny, I know, but it makes it all worthwhile.
That’s all this time folks – and please don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide if you want to make your layout happen.
Keep ’em coming.