HO scale coal mines

John’s been back in touch, he’s added to the collection of HO scale coal mines on the blog.

I know we are in for a treat when I see his name pop up in my inbox.

And today’s no different.

If you want to get up to speed, here’s John’s wiring update.

Here’s the update before the wiring.

And don’t miss this one.

Now let’s see where he’s up to:

“Hi Alastair,

John From Baltimore here.

I’ve been working on lighting, wiring and overall updates to my layout. The changes are kind of subtle but in there.

I’m still working on some spotlighting of the various places where shadows hit the scenery. The bridges and lighting them has been a real challenge.

My next layout project is replacement of the turn-table at the engine roundhouse with a more prototype in ground one. Of course there’s a wood beam directly where I need to cut into the layout base!

More when I get into that in a few weeks, I’ll try to document the whole thing, wood chips flying and all.

Thanks for all you do for the model railroad community.

John From Baltimore”

ho scale coal mines

(All images are clickable by the way.)

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ho scale coal mines

ho scale coal mines

ho scale coal mines

ho scale coal mines

A huge thanks to John – as far as I’m concerned, the blog can’t have enough HO scale coal mines.

John’s post reminded me of Wayne’s coal mine too:

HO scale coal mine buildings

It’s so wonderful to see any layout spring to life. And when the fine detailing comes too – well, that’s when the real fun starts.

Can’t wait to see John’s roundhouse.

That’s all for today folks.

Please do keep ’em coming.

Don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide is here if you want to get off that armchair and have some fun.



PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

18 Responses to HO scale coal mines

  1. Bill in Virginia says:

    Stunning layout John! Beautiful scenery and love the complex network of bridges 😀

  2. Mike says:

    Outstanding detail! Love the bridges.

  3. Ruben Simon says:

    Incredible detail! I just realized something – we’ve been reminded several times recently that our railroads are never completed. We’re our models’ gods. And yet our world and the entire creation was made in just six days by God. WOW!

  4. That is awesome!!

  5. matt says:

    ALL I HAVE TO SAY WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Robert Belk says:


    Outstanding work.

    I live in Bethesda and would like to make contact with you.


  7. Bob Richards says:

    This is great John. Fabulous scenery.

  8. Gary Manganiello says:

    Your detail is fantastic…….love your layout.

    Gary M

  9. Don Warner says:

    Superb layout and detail!!

  10. Dave Bannister says:

    Great layout John, well done!

  11. This is not a layout.

    This is a masterpiece.

    Many, many congratulations.

  12. daveinwyo says:

    Most excellent!
    Just starting on my second layout after a 30 year break and need all the inspiration I can get.
    Also thanks to Al for this site.

  13. Dan Hulitt says:

    To John from Balmore;

    Always like your stuff. Cut and pasted some info into One Note under my D & H tab. So is your mine soft coal or the anthracite coal from NE PA. The plentiful and unused tailings of that were the inspiration for the Wooten firebox and those Mother Hubbard (sometimes called camelback) steamers.

    MN Dan, formerly Randallstown Dan

  14. Joe Gennari says:

    Just INCREDIBLE!!! Wow

  15. dennis stoner says:

    Extraordinary detail……I am SO impressed!……….Dennis Stoner (tinplater)

  16. Started to compliment you on your layout but could not decide which part. By this I mean it is all outstanding. The rocks, bridges, buildings, scenery – it is all exceptional. Someday I might behalf as good. Be proud of yourself John, we are and thanks for making each of us to try a little harder on our own.

  17. Eric Rayner says:


  18. Carl Eilbeck says:

    Fantastic work. I would love to see a plan of your layout to see what portions I can incorporate into my layout, which is on the drawing board.

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