Building a HO layout

Joe has been in touch, he been busy building a HO layout.

“Hi, several years ago i sent pix of my old layout, I have since moved and building a HO layout. 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!


building a HO layout

building a HO layout

building a HO layout

HO building

HO fire engine

HO sidings

Jeff’s a man of few words but look what he’s put together in such a small space:

“Here are some pictures of my layout.

As you can see I don’t have a lot of space to work with, but I made the best out of what I have.


“Hi Al ,

just bought a new mini cam its the Mobius, and just a bit better in clarity than the old one, but after having that for 6/7 years now its given up the ghost (as they say ).

So splashed out and bought a new one, same camera but as viewers will se maybe that bit better than the old one.

No doubt will be spending more time in the loft with my Railway and making use of this little Gem…



A big thanks to Joe for building a HO layout and sharaing, and to Jeff and Dave too.

Please do keep ’em coming.

If you’d like to share something, just hit reply to any of my mails to get in touch. I’d love to hear from you.

That’s all for today folks.

Don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide is here if you want to get going on your own layout.



PS Have you had a look at the new ebay cheat sheet yet?

13 Responses to Building a HO layout

  1. Robert Brady says:

    Would you build a house next to a railroad track ? Apparently Joe Would.
    Your layout is open , roomy and nicely constructed. There’s room for more stuff Joe
    The Critic

  2. Orville S says:

    Great Job Dave, Al, I am not great with a computer. I have a N Scale layout but I don’t know how to send you pics of it. Can I get a little help, please? I look at you emails every day just to see what new stuff is put on here. Love every thing about it.

  3. Erick says:

    Great work; I hope mine comes out as good as yours.

  4. Marklin ed says:

    Hi Dave, can you show us you train control panels. Like the camera. Joe great layout loved the WaWa station, Jeff wonderful use of the space up and downs make the layout look bigger.

  5. don kadunc says:

    Dave, there seems to be a lot of changes to you RR. Ex: only one suspension bridge, etc. A video summarizing the new configuration would be nice. The camera looks good.

    Joe and Jeff, You did not make the mistake that I did. My layout blocked the window and I lost most of the light. I have taken apart my layout and am correcting that and many other mistakes. I am making some progress with the new layout and will send picks in the coming weeks.

  6. Don says:

    Jeff, your space looks similar to what I have to work with. I assume your layout is HO, but what size is your base platform?

  7. Susumu Inoue says:

    To Dave and Al
    I always admire Dave’s work. This time with the new camera, it is so realistic!! My wife thought that this was a real thing, real trains, and a real landscape. It is really amazing. The only thing is that sometimes I cannot understand what Dave was saying. I am not accustomed to English English.

  8. John says:

    Susumu, I couldn’t understand Dave much at the beginning but stay tuned; He grows on you and shortly you will not only understand him but be able to imitate his brogue as I do with my great-grands much to their delight! He’s just plain marvelous!

  9. Thank you all re my layout with the new camera , I shall try to show more next video that i make …Dangerous Dave

  10. Kent ERNSTING says:

    Great layout, where did you get the plastic/ foam risers, i cant seem to find them, iam disabled and go to a hobby shop and not found them online, thanks , Ernie.

  11. Tom Duffy says:

    Hey Ernie,
    Woodland Scenes makes the roadbed risers in abundance .


  12. Jim AZ says:

    Nice use of space, Joe. I’m envious of all that space you have to work with.
    And it looks like Jeff has a lot of landscaping to do with all those elevations to fill in but it’s looking good.
    Dave. Well, you always put on a great show. The camera produces an excellent video but I’d prefer sitting in the front. Just kidding.
    Thanks to all for sharing.

    Jim AZ

  13. Rocco Maley says:

    Hey Joe, Rocco from Haskell, N.J. here. I love your layout. It looks like it is pretty compact. I would like to know if you can put in your next post the size of the layout and what size radius you have. Thank you.

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