Joe’s been back in touch with his HO sawmill layout – you’ll remember his last post from this.
“Hi Al; These are all since January:
As in the past, I spent time during the winter putting lighting in building and around the “town”. This is the power plant for the saw mill and planning mill.
East end of saw mill.
Downtown San Juan Creek, NM
Interior od San Juan Creek station
Planning Mill. (As mentioned before, I create most of my own decals, this is one example
United Cold storage, Och’s Oil Distributers
West end of the staging yard, Terry Lumber Wholesale and one of my ‘scratch built’ billboards with my own decal.
Looking east. Obviously, the streets ‘buckled’ during the winter. They have been repaired!
New forklift at Grants, NM
Al’s General Store
Newly repaired and detailed streets through town.
That’s it for now, Al.
Keep them coming!
A huge thanks to Joe for his HO sawmill layout update!
Can’t wait to see the trains running on his layout. Superb stuff.
That’s all for today folks – please do keep ’em coming.
And don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide is here if you want to get going on your own layout.
PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.
reminds me of the past days where i flew a lot in business……………most of the travels were after dark…………your layout reminds me so much of the small lighted towns that were 22 thousand feet below my window…….so cool………
Wow, making ‘light work’ of lighting – looks great
Street scenes look really good. The lighting is particularly effect in your dusk photo. I appreciate that in total dark the lights would pool as in your layout but fir me they are just too bright. Perhaps you could set up where dusk is full power and dark is a reduced voltage just to soften the light. You’ve done really well with the back drops. A very clever use of the actual scenes on them. Basically a distant sky. Works well in your setting. The buildings are well made, decorated and grouped .
Excellent work and great pics!
I like this layout, shows that less is more scenery-wise. Plenty of detail, things are to scale without stray boulders in roadways or other (sloppy landscaping). A few other recent ones featured….they’re what nightmares are made of.
One of the nicest looking layouts I’ve seen.
The street repair reminds why this is such a great hobby. There’s always something to do or do better. The hobby touches so many skills sets and disciplines.
I really like your street lights and traffic signals. I have looked at a bunch and have not found anything I wanted to buy. Can you post as to the brand and where you found these?
I love the fact that your streets buckled in the winter just like real streets do!
Looks great keep up the good work.
Very nice layout and great details.
Joe……impressive……great detail and lighting. I like the fact that it is a western US setting without a lot of green foliage and trees. Nice job.
Now I know the next skill that I need to learn, LIGHTING!
Really amazing with the “night pictures”.
Reply to Colin Edinburgh: All the lighting is on “bus” terminal strips. The outside lighting is connected to the same bus as interior lighting (3 V.).It would take a lot of work considering the amount of re-wiring I would have to do but i have considered separating the outside lighting and putting a resistor in line.
Then, there are the “sign lights” that are integral with the building lights. I would need to install resistors in the wiring inside the buildings.
— Maybe next winter!
Thanks for the comment
Reply to Rob’t Brown: All of the lighting is 3 v. I use 2 “AA” batteries in a holder wired to a SPST switch.
All of this lighting is through eBay. The company is “We Honest”. I had my doubts at first so ordered a small pack of lights. So far, nearly 100 lights later, only 2 “duds”!
During the Pandemic, I had to wait 6 months for the shipment. Glad I ordered in Sept.!
I really like your layout and particularly because of the sparseness of the tracks, and that is feels like it could be real.
Too many layouts, in my opinion are just so full of trains and track that circle the “town” I can’t help but thinking, Who would want to live there?
Paint your track.
Shiny track screams “toy”.
After the test of the effort, finish the job
WONDERFUL!!! Don’t we enjoy a terrific hobby?? This is another source of inspiration! Thank you
Excellent work.. I’d best get cracking on cleaning my basement and see if I can put some of this inspiration you’ve generated into action. I’d love to create a layout as fine as yours.
Your layout really gives the impression of wide open spaces. It’s full of tracks and buildings and trees and other things, but it looks like a large layout which is very cool.
Frank in Orlando
Really nicely detailed layout! Like your s energy and lighting effects
Love the lighting. For those like myself who are new to this construction, schematic and instructions (if possible) would be greatly appreciated. I am sure such things are out there somewhere but this is impressive.
now that guy can do lighting , hats off to you .
Joe your layout is a inspiration to try to build some scenery on my N gauge that I I have moved so many times I lost count. Italy. Germany and a few places in the states before settling down in Texas! 20 years in the Army. Had my layout taken apart to move it and the house burned down but Installation fell on the boxes and saved most of the rolling stock I had collected for 50 years. Cleaned it up and still got it going now. Building a 3 1/2 x12 and have been running trains for my grandson
A general Q: Why are all these manufacturing facilities always so clean?
Nicely done. Really appreciate those street scenes and the lighting effects. I’ve incorporated several of those buildings on my layout too. They really enhance the layout. Again, a nice bit of modeling. Thanks for sharing.
This is a beautiful layout. I like the sparseness as it is in many old New Mexican towns. Your little church though looks more like a Vegas wedding chapel than a viable parish. Being a New Mexican town named for Saint John, I would have made the church a Spanish-type mission. In most instances the church was there before the town sprung up. This could be “La Mision de San Juan en el Rio” (Not to be confused with San Juan Capistrano!) I like the frost raised street. So much like here in the Wisconsin reality.