Jim’s been in touch again with his 12×14 HO scale – his last post is here.
Jim from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada back at ya.
Thought I would send Part 2 of my train layout video.
I started the layout in the winter of 2003 & only worked on it each winter since.
It has basically been finished since about 3 years ago except for purchasing new engines, rolling stock, people, animals & scenery.
Watching Dangerous Dave’s tear down & rebuild is starting to get to me, but then again, so is my arthritic knee & that keeps a tear down & rebuild in the far background for me.
I very much enjoy receiving your e-mails every day & there always seems to be a good tip in each & every one.
So keep ‘em coming & kudos to you & all the model railroaders out there who are submitting their efforts to the cause.
You can see a track plan in the previous posts.
The curved wooden trestle was not a purchase. I cut 12″ long by ¾” thick pine boards with a bandsaw into strips of ¼” x ¼”.
Those pieces were then hand cut into various lengths for the cross members & struts.
Over 500 individual pieces were used in the making of this trestle. With cutting, gluing, clamping & drying it took me approx.3 weeks of afternoons & evenings to complete.
Interestingly, I assembled it upside down on a work table & when finished, fitted it into the space reserved in the layout & then plastered in the quarry & gorge to the trestle footings.
The mountain & waterfalls were already finished & in place before placement of the trestle.
The trestle is 28″ long by 9″ high and 4 ½” wide at the bottom and tapers to 1¾” at the top.
HO scale dimensions are: 203′ long, 65′ high.
I fitted the coal cars with a false bottom & then glued down about ¾” of real crushed Cape Breton coal found between the old railway tracks about a mile from my house.
Will send Part 3 of my layout at a later date.
Many thanks to the viewers for their interest & very kind comments.
A huge thanks to Jim for sharing his 12×14 HO scale – just goes to show it doesn’t matter at what pace you build your layout, they are all fun.
Slow and steady really does the trick. Jim’s fabulous trestle bridge demonstrates that in spades.
Please do leave a comment below, I’d love to hear your thoughts on how ‘long’ a layout should take.
That’s all for today folks.
Please do keep ’em coming.
And if today is the day you join in the fun, the Beginner’s Guide is here.