HO scale scale coal mining vehicles

John’s been back in touch with his HO scale scale coal mining vehicles:

“Hi Alistair,

The next module for my coal mining and transport railroad is just about ready to install in the layout. I took some shots as the module grew.

I really didn’t have much of an idea what the result would be, but I wanted something that would give space for the mine employees to park and where the mine dump trucks, as well as other mine equipment could be fueled up and maintained.

I started with a couple old kits laying around, the main shop shed is (I think) a Life-Like sports stadium that was in the bottom of a box of stuff I got at an auction, I added sides and bracing across the front and back, and behind that to add depth is a lumberyard building from some 40 years ago.

I cleaned out all the supports and made some stuff for the inside. The structures on the sides are – right side 2 combined Walthers sand towers that I’m using for the gasoline fuel tanks. I added some ladders and a radio antenna, Left side is an overhead crane which I had to scratch-build.

The diesel tank is on the cliff-side and piping comes into the manifold area of the fuel towers. I also scratch built the big forklift.

The scene is sometime mid-day with a few trucks in for maintenance, one with the dump body in the up position and the safety bar in place while workers are underneath. The surplus army water truck is idle and the junk side of the shed is being examined by the foreman trying to determine what stays, and what goes. A mine truck has had a rear wheel bearing replaced and the crew has the old big forklift assisting in putting the wheel back on.

I’ll be adding more worker cars and more junk when the module is set into the layout.

Regards and thanks for all you do,

John From Baltimore”

HO scale scale coal mining vehicles

HO scale scale coal mining vehicles

HO scale scale coal mining vehicles

model railroad plaster scenery

model railroad plaster scenery

model railroad plaster scenery

HO scale scale coal mining vehicles

HO scale scale coal mining vehicles

A huge thanks to John (again!). Just love what he’s doing – and I’m thankful of the running narrative. Hope you are enjoying it as much as me.

If you missed his last post, and what to get the story so far, it’s here.

Now on to Peter. Who asked a question that got me thinking. Who can help?

“Al, hope all is well, just want to run something by you and hopefully you can get it out to all your hobbyist for some feedback .

I have been noticing for sometime now that remote control vehicles are taking on more and more of a roll in train layouts and with hobbyist. Much to my surprise there has been very little said or talked about in layouts.

I have been browsing the web and much has been put on youtube and the applications are endless.

1/87 scale in remote control is outstanding, but info where to purchase them, get parts or even how to instructions on how to build is hard to come by.

I’ve done some contacting on my of manufactures but most put up info on large scale remote control items. You will also notice the same could be said for LED lighting in 1/87 scale models as well.

Very little being out out there for the hobbyist especially for some of us old timers who would rather see these products a little more accessible. Not only that think of how much it opens
the layouts to other activities that the hobbyist can enjoy whlie his or her trains are running around in a circle .

Please i hope this draws some interest and great feedback, I very much want to get some of these items for my layout , most hobbyists have construction sites where these vehicles would fit in nicely , oh let me say that my sites have many of these types of vehicles already in 1/87 scale but WOW what a feature to have a back hoe work , load a dump truck , bulldozer doze
and so on, if you haven’t seen them…

Regards, hope to here from you soon


That’s all for today folks.

A big thanks to John for sharing his HO scale scale coal mining vehicles.

If anyone can help Peter, please leave a comment below – and the goes if you want to comment on Peter’s latest update.

Please do keep ’em coming.

And don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide if you want to get going on your very own layout.



PS Seen the latest ebay cheat sheet yet?

11 Responses to HO scale scale coal mining vehicles

  1. Gary O'Connor says:

    John, your weathering is sensational. I absolutely love the buildings, especially the upper floor, where the weathering is so lifelike. You are a master at that.

    Gary from Parkes, NSW, Australia.

  2. Great detail and great use of the parts bin! excellent!

  3. Jacques Zanin says:

    peter I say keep looking and you may find what you need I used a slot car track set called usa1 trucking the loads dump trucks and empties them in areas. not true ho scale but close.
    for true rc cars I have nakamchi full function race cars that are rechargeable and has working lights.
    i also have a set called ztanks rc that is 2″Lx1 3/8″Wx 1 1/4″H it is full rc has infrared gun for battles with other tanks keeps track of hits and disables tanks after 3 hits.so I am sure that there is some thing out there just keep looking.

  4. Michael Palumbo says:

    Agree with Gary from Australia, great weathering. Love the old & beat dump trucks, complete with more than 1 people !

  5. matt says:

    you are amazing.

  6. NJ Mark says:

    John, you are a true artist with exceptional talent. The detail is way off the charts. Your work (I’m sure it was fun) is fantastic. Cheers! NJ Mark

  7. george zaky says:

    There are no words to describe your talent! I so admire what you do.

    Look up the FALLER – a German group that has amazing cars and trucks. They only deal in HO and N scale but if you win the lottery you can have an amazing layout with trains and traffic moving and reacting together. Further, there are videos of RC dump trucks, excavators and such but they dont say where to buy them. I truly think that these RC and Falller vehicles will be the way of the future with model trains.
    George from NY

  8. Ed Schmidt says:

    Check DHS Diecast toys. They have a large variety of construction toys. There is a small but nice selection of 1:87 scale toys. Not too pricy but they are all metal die cast. Many have metal tracks instead of the cheap rubberized ones.

    Have bought from them for years in all scales but now only in 1:87 scale.

  9. Gary Manganiello says:

    Great detail….. nice job……. figures make the difference……….

  10. Tom says:

    Faller makes an analog and digital car system. The systems are expensive but deliver amazing results. The digital cars stop and go at operating traffic signals for example. The equipment is German prototype but the motors can be mounted in other car bodies. There is an English catalog on the faller site. YouTube is a good source for how to information.

  11. Charles says:

    Do a Google search for gilesengineer no spaces.

    A bunch of videos of operating and making RC vehicles in a model railroad setting.

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