Ken’s been in touch – and he shows what a difference some model train building kits can make to a layout.
The pictures speak for themselves – best of all, the whole family rolled their sleeves up and got involved:
“I worked for the Milwaukee Road and CP Rail for 42 years as a locomotive engineer.
I retired in 2009 and began building this layout in 2011. The layout is 16 feet at its longest point and 12 feet wide in places.
I worked in the Chicago area and modeled this layout according to some of the yards I switched out, such as Bensenville yard where I would start out to Chicago’s Goose Island. My sons have been a big part of this layout also. My older son , Joe constructed the foundation and my younger son Mark, the scenery.
A lot of the buildings were kits that I put together and painted. My family and I have truly enjoyed watching this layout grow and come to life making it what it is today. We enjoy having other families visit and enjoy it as much as we do.
I appreciate all you do for model railroading. Thanks!
Model train building kits:
A huge thank you to Ken for sharing his model train building kits layout. It’s easy to look at a layout like his and think, “Wow! Probably best if I just stay on the sideline and watch.”
But where’s the fun in that?
Starting is the key. Take Keith for example – he’s made that all important start:
Here are a couple pictures of a bridge I am building for the track to make it to an actual folding bridge – access entrance.
I am using this craft-type balsa you can find at a big-box hardware.
This balsa represents 8×8’s about 16 feet high. Then there will be side rails that will be the foundation for beams about the same width. These will support the track.
This will be an area as a dry river bed. And, formed with a drywall patch compound that sets up quickly.
The white foam area will be an oil platform and scenery. It will have a track and a siding for service.
So, here is the beginning construction. Perhaps you could consider sharing this.
Never forget, every layout you see, however good, was once a rat’s nest of wires, wood, glue and paint.
So make that start! And that’s what the Beginner’s Guide is for.
There was a time when Ken had never made a layout before… It’s all about having a go.
And if you read the comments below, you’ll see for yourself.
That’s all this time folks.
Please do keep ’em coming. Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.