“Welcome everyone. After following Alastair Lee for about two years now I am at the point where I thought that I wanted to add some pictures of my own as I can always benefit from comments and feedback. Having always had an interest in the American west I wanted to convey a time when steam was starting to replace the old wagons heading west. I entitle the layout Westward Ho! simply because I have not really thought of a more creative name.
Although much of the history comes before, our story begins in the town of hole in the wall noted in the rough cut tunnels that blasted through the rocks in order to allow for the train to come into the town founded around a watering hole that protrudes from a rock. It was at this very hole where the Native Apache Indians used to stop and drink. It is near this watering hole where our settlers first came out of the parched desert to the rock from whence the water flows, or the watering rock as the Indians and the early pioneers referred to the land until the coming of the steam engine.
Just as the Native Americans were pushed west, so too do we find the early pioneers wanting to escape the industrialization era. And so we see them loading up their wagons and moving to . . . where we do not know just where they are moving to but is is anyplace better than hole in the wall where cattle barrens and outlaws have come brought there by the water and the greed of gold believed to be found in the nearby hills and barren wasteland.
I thought Ken’s layout had bags of character – and a nice narrative too.
Please do keep ’em coming. And if you haven’t had a look at the ebay cheat sheet for a while, now’s the time to too. Have a look at what’s there.
And if today is the day you get started on your layout, the Beginner’s Guide is here.
PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.
Most unusal and very nicely done.
Great, Ken. Thanks for sharing. John Allen (Gore and Daphited RR)
was a model rr pioneer, who died in the late 70’s. His fabulous layout
was frequently photographed (he was, himself, an accomplished photographer)
and had many “how to” publications, which are probably still available. His
layout was “Western” themed, though not as early as your own. Keep up the
Love the idea…very nice set up. Thanks for sharing.
Nice story Ken and portrayed through your layout …well done
Nice. Very nice. I am also working on a western setting. I have been working on it for over 2 years and am not near this far. I am still in the trial and error phase. Lots of trials and many errors. I am working in “N” gauge on a 4 X 8 foot table. I really appreciate this site. Lots of ideas. Thank you very much.
Great concept! I live just outside St. Louis, Missouri and St. Louis was a major jumping off point for the westward migration.
Your town must be very progressive and by the number of stars on the flag flying high, anticipated the growth of the United States.
Just kidding. 🙂 🙂
I thank you all for the comments. Yes the flag is a little ahead of its time but reminds me of the progression. I hope to post more pictures and further narrative in the future but am also looking for ideas. Like some of you I have had to learn through trial and error. My original design was totally scratched after making a bit of effort. My ideas are expansive but the space and cost of building the dream are limiting. I actually am starting on part two of the project.
I am wondering how to connect the upper line with the lower line without creating polarity issues which is what happened in the initial design. I want to be able to run both lines simultaneously and be able to interconnect if possible.
what a nice layout
the detail is superlative and the narrative too
I think your layout is quite nice. You might want to re-think the flag you have flying. It is a 50 star flag and I don’t think at the time you are portraying there were 50 states in the union.
i like the old time layout too.
A great way to use some models that would otherwise not fit in. My Wild west models come out for special excursions and “movie making”. Maybe I need a permanent western “set” on corner of the layout. Thanks for some great ideas.
great theme, like the township.the building fit right in.
Great job ken,enjoyed looking at your lay out. I think that it’s a great idea.
Finally, somebody with American Flyer ‘S’ scale; REAL model trains.
A great idea Ken, I don’t recall seeing a model set this early before. Well done, thank you for sharing.
I love a railway with a history! This is really interesting, I live in the wild west of Scotland, Argyll. Hardly a frontier but a lot of people left here for the Americas in the Highland Clearances. Contrary to popular belief, manywere pleased to get the chance to go and start a new life, often paid for by the Laird who could see the land could not support the people. Thanks, D/
I cought the flag thing as well. Just for information sake there were 31 states pre civil war say1850, and post civil war say 1870 there were 37. Hope you can modify your flag for the time period you built your layout. It looks very good and I wish I had the time and space to play with different time periods, including the future. Phil
A BEAUTY OF A LAYOUT.
Beautiful work all round! Interesting scenery with wonderful details makes a great layout. To D.D. it is fitting to end your video with “The Entertainer” by Scott Joplin. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all. Cheers! NJ Mark
I don’t know your scale. If n-gauge where did you find the stage coach? Dale
I don’t know your scale. If n-scale where did you find the stage coach?
great western look and with lots of character Ken. Nice job and thanks for sharing. Cary in KY
I enjoyed the western layout. I am thinking of scene in a corner of the my HO layout that would have a Civil War Re-enactment. I also already have a Navy Air Station that houses old prop aircraft being scrapped.
Very nice layout and great storyline. Cary B
hey out there on the rails:
I have a TAINPAK model 200 made by Model Rectifer Corp & a SPEEDMASTER Universal Powermaster model 50 made by K F Ind – neither of which work
I don’t think either manufacturer is in operation currently.
Cracked ’em open & it looks like the coil in both is very rusty.
Any chance someone out there has a suggestion for parts or repair.
Please show existing layout plan and desired. Will help any contributing thoughts by others.
One recognized trains as older Flyer, therefore “S” gauge. True.
A wonderful layout to enjoy.
Thanks to you & Al
Bruce in SC USA
Thanks for the wonderful layout and lots of ideas. I’m currently starting design on an HO layout also based in the mid 1800’s American West. My rolling stock carries the Virginia & Truckee name. I’d like to know where you found the stagecoach, freight wagon, Conestoga wagons and the western figures, as I haven’t been able to locate these. Al, you can share my email with Ken.
Dave in MD USA
Great western Layout, great job. I’m also using a Western theme. In order for me to use modern day items on my layout such as cars, trucks, American flag, I set up my western town as a “THEME PARK”, having it so that it portrays the western town without it messing with up-to-date modern technology. I’m interested in knowing where you got your stagecoach from. I bought 4 covered wagons from the Dollar General store here in NC. They cost me exactly one dollar came with a driver, horse three Indians and three cowboys as well all for a buck. I’m still looking for a stagecoach however. Thanks Jim NC you have permission to use my email thanks..
Love the layout.
Regarding the flag, is there a source for buying a flag with the correct number of stars, or can you print out one in correct scale?
Warren, AL, USA
Ride’em Cowboy. Good Job !!
Forgot to ask about those wagons…am doing layout set in Civil War, so need many wagons….where did you get them ?
Dave, in NY
Looks like the old 4-4-0 has derailed in Redwood. Better get a crew working on that.
How about photocopying the correct period flag (google images) then reducing it to scale and placing appropriate bends in the paper to give it the proper hanging appearance? You’ll need to paste the reverse side, (copy flipped for mirror image on your copier) back to back with the front. I’d make several copies to cut out, taking the pressure off doing it right in one take …
Great Western Theme Layout.. Oh, for the S Gaugers out there, This is an HO Scale Layout. How can you Tell? Look at the Couplers on the Caboose,, Typical TYCO 4 wheel bobber Caboose,, with the Horn Hook Coupler. Liked the Long Haul Wagons.. have some fun, Stencil “U Haul” on the canvas. Also, the Flag is Much Too Large as so is the pole,, not to mention the number of Stars. Find an HO Scale Flag on line, computer image. To hide the edges of the buildings, you could use some white glue and scenic material, dyed saw dust, vegetation, etc. Even trap rock ballast. Still Laughing at the Town Name… What it the Town next to it called? “AZ”. ???
Fantastic layout concept Ken…
A few thoughts… The flag thing… Probably a 40 star flag would be a good choice.
Go on line… you can probably find one that can be reduced to size.
Second, Jaaques mentioned John Allen: John Allen used to use his camera as a modeling aid. He pointed out to another pioneer of the hobby how the camera reveals every flaw in your work. Cliff Grandt (Grandtline) once made a beautiful O Scale shay from scratch. He showed it to John Allan who shot some pictures of the model… With the pictures, Cliff could see screw heads that he thought were hidden… And a lot of other flaws in his “perfect” engine… He rebuilt it and won Best In Show at an NMRA competition.
(As to myself, I have found flaws in “completed models” that I could not see before taking photos and after looking at the photos I often wonder how I missed something so obvious!)
The theme and backstory is a great help and gives solid direction to your work. “Westward HO! ” Is a great name for the layout BUT your town needs a name too. “Rockridge” might be the perfect choice given the back story.. (Blazing Saddles)… If that is the choice, a “U-Haul” canvas on one of the wagons would be appropriate! (A touch of Mel Brooks and John Allen style humor)…
“Stonecreek” would be another good town name
Hope this helps.
HERE’S A TIP. Spray you “plastic people, horses, etc. with a light spray of clear mat finish (compatible with the plastic material.) Try it on a few spares first, then take a picture – it will look more realistic.
Ken you never said what scale you are into but I`m doing n-scale old west scratch build buildings.
You have to get Matt Dillon out on the streets, Nice Layout
I Like the Detail of the hole Layout
Very nice layout and a great story it explains a lot of how USA was built and the natives were destroyed and put down in the name of so called progress!
Should write a book it was so clear!
John Allen’s original 4’X8′,to my knowledge, was originally an adjunct to his work as a photographer.
Different but great idea and it works.
Nice work! Do I see a town name of Redwood on the station?
I’d like to know where the wagons and saddled horses came from. You can share my email
Love the old west theme. Nicely done.