Joe’s HO layout

“Hi, several years ago i sent pix of my old layout, I have since moved and building a new HO layout here in Florida. I have less than two months into it so here’s some early pix.

All the buildings you see except for the one with the shops below and apts on top I built myself using balsa wood and pix taken from the internet via google images.

The roadway is convex using wall compound spread with a 3 inch blade. I still have to add an oil streak down the lanes.

The background views were taken from the internet and expanded using print shop as a banner.

The train station I built is in the middle of two 3ft passenger platforms.

I would estimate that after just 2 months work i’m about 20% along. Hundreds of trees to be added and more people. Street lights and telephone poles will be added soon.

System runs on dcc with Bachmann locos.

I will send more as it progresses!


HO benchwork

HO house

HO gas station

HO building

HO fire engine

HO sidings

A huge thanks to Joe. He’s flying along – two months and all this done already. Can’t wait to see more pics.

That’s all for today, folks. Please do keep ’em coming.

And if you’re still pondering over whether to start your layout or not, the Beginner’s Guide has all the answers.



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19 Responses to Joe’s HO layout

  1. Robert Brady says:

    Hello Joe where did you get the WaWa gas station we have one in our town in Pompano Beach? beginning of a great layout GO GO HO!
    PS PM me on facebook,Robert Brady ( the older one )

  2. Larry says:

    Very nice! The modernity of this railroad layout is great!

  3. Question, how did you secure it? did you attach something to the wall???

  4. Greg says:

    Impressive layout beginning. Keep up the great work.

  5. Richard Wood says:

    Great layout with fantastic detail. I love the WAWA and Wells Fargo. Keep up the good work. Two months? Sweet!

    Rick in Maryland

  6. Roy Forbes says:

    Although I’m not into American style Railroads I do really appreciate the work and imagination that has gone into this layout. Well done. Keep it up.

  7. Vincent says:

    Great lay out, awsome work.

  8. Craig Tennant says:

    I have always wondered why the manufacturers of the people that we install in our layouts, all come in shiny paint colors. I am not aware of us humans wearing “shiny” clothes, having shiny hair and shiny skin. Why can’t they use flat, dull paint colors that would certainly enhance the reality of the layouts?

  9. Chuc’ Bartunek says:

    Great looking ,please keep submitting photos,how about a track plan?

  10. Don Jennings says:

    I like that layout and for only two month.
    I would have blocked the window with a sheet of plywood. That window will make the room much hotter in warm months. I hope this gets to you to fix that,
    Don Cary NC

  11. Rob McCrain says:

    Great layout, love the detail. It is a completely modern contemporary feel. I think that is what you were going for. Wells Fargo bank 🙂 I like it. Keep up the great modeling, Rob McCrain – Farland Howe.

  12. Allan J Jelinek says:

    Very nice Joe! I love the grass. Is that carpet?

  13. What is the floor space size of your layout?

  14. Warren Ferguson says:

    Terrific work for only a two months effort. I liked the handicapped parking logo on your “concrete”. Nice touch. Once you get the oil streaks on, it’s going to be so fine. Did you buy the Wells Fargo as is, or is it kit bashed with signs you added? Thank you for sending pics. Keep up the great work! Warren, AL, USA

  15. Hemi says:

    Joe, with 2 months in, your definitely lookin’ GOOD!!!!! What Bachmann loco’s you running????

    I wished I had just the bench work of my own layout up and ready to go. meaning the “area” its to go would be cleaned out, and not waiting for me! LOL

    Impressive amount of work, in such a short time! ~Hemi

  16. James Sulkosky says:

    Nice layout Joe keep up the great work.

  17. Antony says:

    Fantastic amount of work in 2 months with massive attention to detail. Loving it.

  18. Stephen D Gispanski says:

    Very nice set up. Every time I read and see how everyone has there set up gives me good ideas. Very soon I will be working on mine. Just an up date to everyone I do suffer from a very bad back. Three surgery’s down and I hope and pray that this will be my last surgery. I will be sending pictures and track plan once I get started. Just a low down of what I have, two zw’s, about 19 070 switches. I am getting track on and off when I can. I also have four o gauge Loco’s and an old F7 with dummy center & F7, water tower, and a lot of cars, building’s. I am still finding trucks & cars. The room I will be running everything in ( Mancave ) is a 10 X 10 room. You will be able to walk in the middle. I estimate the the tables will be sectional 2 X 3 tables, ten of them. That leaves me with two corner that will be open for a double main line, in both corner Bridges. People like Joe help keep me going. Thank you Joe. I can’t wait until I get started. Wish me luck folks and Thanks to all of y’all. One more C T and it off to surgery. Thank you for keeping me going guys, I couldn’t have done it without you. Thanks SDG

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