Joe’s HO scale layout update

Joe’s been back in touch – you’ll remember his last post from this.

“Hi Al; These are all since January:

engine works shed

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.

loading platform

East end of saw mill.

model railroad town at dusk

Downtown San Juan Creek, NM

model railroad waiting room

Interior od San Juan Creek station

model railroad factory

Planning Mill. (As mentioned before, I create most of my own decals, this is one example

industrial model train

United Cold storage, Och’s Oil Distributers

model train backdrop

West end of the staging yard, Terry Lumber Wholesale and one of my ‘scratch built’ billboards with my own decal.

model railroad town scene

Looking east. Obviously, the streets ‘buckled’ during the winter. They have been repaired!







Dusk.

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!

Joe”

A huge thanks to Joe for the 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.

Best

Al

PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

PPS Got a question you need answered? Have a look at the forum.

25 Responses to Joe’s HO scale layout update

  1. james hunter says:

    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………

  2. James Malins says:

    Superb layout.

  3. Peter Bayley-Bligh says:

    Wow, making ‘light work’ of lighting – looks great

  4. Colin edinburgh says:

    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 .

  5. James Marek says:

    Excellent work and great pics!

  6. Rich B. says:

    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.

    Regards, Rich

  7. Robert F Brown says:

    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?

  8. Red says:

    I love the fact that your streets buckled in the winter just like real streets do!

  9. Erick says:

    Looks great keep up the good work.

  10. Al Allison says:

    Very nice layout and great details.

  11. jon slawik says:

    Well done.

  12. John Bullock says:

    Great detailing!

  13. Gary M from Long Island says:

    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.

  14. Incredible work…
    Now I know the next skill that I need to learn, LIGHTING!
    Really amazing with the “night pictures”.

  15. Joe Graffi says:

    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

  16. Joe Graffi says:

    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.!

  17. KenG says:

    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?

    Nice jib!

  18. bobP - says:

    Paint your track.
    Shiny track screams “toy”.
    After the test of the effort, finish the job

  19. Nancy from Lilliwaup says:

    WONDERFUL!!! Don’t we enjoy a terrific hobby?? This is another source of inspiration! Thank you

  20. James Johnson says:

    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.

  21. Frank says:

    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

  22. Bill in Virginia says:

    Really nicely detailed layout! Like your s energy and lighting effects

  23. Jim Kennedy says:

    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.

  24. ken zufan says:

    now that guy can do lighting , hats off to you .

  25. Roy from Texas says:

    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

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