HO scale elevated trains – Joe’s update

Joe and his HO scale elevated trains have been back in touch.

(his last post is here).

“Hi Al; Thanks for putting up the pics.

Here are some more “construction” pics.

The layout is a ‘free lanced’ 1940 – 1950 steam era set roughly in the “town” of San Juan Creek in N.W. New Mexico.

The main industries are coal mining and lumber.

I can’t tell if I already sent these. IF they are duplicate, please discard.

Laying roadbed. Elevation for inner main line completed. 2.75% grade.

Have attached HO scale elevated trains track plan.

HO scale elevated trains

HO scale elevated trains

HO scale elevated trains

HO scale elevated trains


One of things I enjoy most about the blog is an update – seeing an empty table or bench come to life over the months or years is absolute joy.

And now more from Dave – another fab video:

” HI Al, just downloaded ? Or is it uploaded ? …my latest video, showing the easy way to paint your ballast with track grime, then adding the rust effect to the rails.

Think I can say this is the layout completed again for a while? But you know me by now, always have to change something… anyway I have also shown a good few of my Loco`s and rolling stock having a good run, with also a extra long haul (rake we call it in UK) shows the power these little Diesels have…



The very latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

A big thanks to Dave and to Joe for sharing his HO scale elevated trains – all these years on and I still love seeing these updates pop up in my inbox.

That’s all for today folks.

Please do keep ’em coming.

And if today is the day when you shun the armchair and join in the fun, the Beginner’s Guide is here.



PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

PPS More HO scale train layouts here if that’s your thing.

19 Responses to HO scale elevated trains – Joe’s update

  1. Allen Montville says:

    Still amazing, Every time I see it!!!!! Farmer AL

  2. Robert Brady says:

    The best thing about your videos there’s no commericals. Sugestion: why don’t you put some woodland scenics real water in your mote/river? Just a thought.

  3. Pablo Meza says:


  4. Bill Quinlan says:

    Amazing Layout!!!

  5. Tom says:


  6. Mike Pettruzzelli says:

    Very nice..

  7. Tom says:

    The hours of the most enjoyable hard work and hours upon hours of the most enjoyable pleasure. I love getting down to eye level and living the time period and not worrying about the hate in the world harming you. ( It’s spot on )

  8. Michael Herbertson says:

    It gets better every time you touch it. Thanks for sharing!

    Mike. ( Across the pond)

  9. Bob Walker says:

    Fantastic as always, Dave… glad to see you have some of the old Scammell 3-wheeled “mechanical horses” represented on your layout… to the best of my knowledge, we never had those vehicles here in the states… thanx for sharing… -Bob W, NH, USA

  10. Rod Mackay says:

    Wonderful low level shots Dave, that’s some camera. Just a thought – the railway is rarely all one colour, over the time I worked Barry for instance, there was hardly a yard of track, except maybe the odd siding, that didn’t get rerailed, resleepered, had its ballast cleaned or got completely relaid. The rust on the rail sides would be ever present (darkening with age) but there was always a length or several that looked new and neat. Oh, and we didn’t have railings like that round signalbox walkways, a single handrail if you were lucky, sometimes nothing. It was a cause of moaning in later years when health and safety rules stopped us going out to clean the windows, I remember Barry’s getting new timbers, a kickboard, an extra middle rail, and the brackets strengthened, then they said we still couldn’t use it because they couldn’t pay for painting the boards with non-slip! Ho hum sigh. Your 45 ton tankers are very nostalgic, used to love seeing them hurtle through Aberthaw on the Llandarcy train on diversion nights, rolling gently, very soft riders.

  11. Thomas Murphy says:

    Great work Joseph. Appreciate your sharing.
    As always Dave ~ cheers!

  12. Ken says:

    Thanks for sharing Dave ,your videos are very inspiring .
    Ken from downunder

  13. Ian McDonald says:

    layout is looking good. enjoyed watching all the trains. I like watching simple how toos you make it look easy. thanks for sharing.

  14. dangerous dave says:

    Thank you all again for your comments , I did have that woodland scenics real water in the canal originally , but seems to have evaporated , think its time I did do something with it again , trouble is that need over a bottle full , and at £20 a time ?? …may try using varnish this time , maybe 4 coats should give a good effect …Thank you all again Dangerous Dave

  15. David Levell says:

    I used 4 coats of varnish on my stream and it worked very well

  16. Rod Mackay says:

    Someone told me you could put ripples into a fairly thick layer of varnish by blowing it with a hairdryer as it dried, blowed if I could get that to work, I think if you want texture you need to put it on first, before painting and varnishing.

  17. Always a treat watching Dave’s video antics, three wheeler and the ginger bread man who pops up at the caboose on the long one……Hard work pays off.

  18. dangerous dave says:

    Thanks re the Canal , I have now added a coat of Vanish , and she be adding at least 2 more coats , looks a lot better already ..Dave

  19. 3:33… – great sequences…

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