“Some 7 years after purchasing a Hornby OO gauge digital train set, ancilliary track and a range of buildings, modelling materials etc, I eventually got around to planning how I could constuct the type of layout I wanted to create.
Having studied a number of existing layouts I started by using my dining table to see what could be achieved by working to a limited size. Using 1st, 2nd and 3rd radius curved track I eventually constructed the layout shown on my dining room table. The concept of having an upper and lower track layout provides the ability to run trains from the upper tracks to the lower tracks. The eventual layout was modified to allow trains to travel to and from the upper and lower tracks in a forward direction and additional sidings were also added.
I then set about finding someone who had the expertese to build my layout in consultation with me, working as far as possible to the design and style I sought to achieve.
The person I eventually found was Steve Pilling who is based at Long Eaton in Derbyshire. Steve has worked mainly with N and Z gauge layout construction in the past but he willingly took on my challenge to fit in a lot of track in the confinment of a 6’ 6” x 3’ 6” board. The other requirement I gave Steve was the need to make the layout fully transportable! This in fact is Steve’s speciality as he constructs the smaller scale sets within a case which can easily be shipped around the world to his various customers!
My Lammermuir layout is based loosely on the concept that the original idea of constructing the London to Edinburgh main east coast line passed through Haddington, as was originally proposed. This would have taken the mainline close to the Lammermuir Hills to the south of Edinburgh. In reality, the east coast line did not pass through Haddington but took a route via Drem to the north.
The distant views are of the Lammermuir Hills and the theme of the layout combines a rural station and livestock loading docks to transport cattle and sheep.
Track Circuit Plan
(The grey and black tracks are tunnel and lower track)
There are 10 electrically operated points, 2 electric uncoupler units and 2 electric signals
“Hello Al, This the first time posting something, so I hope that it goes well.
I am building an HO table in my apartment, after being away from the hobby for 30 years. I am a disabled vet and don’t have much money so I look for any way to make things cheaper. I have gone to wal-mart here and got small square and round wood stock and coffee stir sticks as well as wood matches (cut the heads off)I have made several bridges from them. I think I have about 10 dollars in all.
Please remember they are my first attempt in 30 years.
I think Alva’s bridges are very impressive – and I can’t wait to see the next installment from John too.
That’s all this time. Please do keep ’em coming folks.
PS You can grab the beginners guide here.