“I enjoy your emails very much. Such wonderful layouts and how-to tips have inspired me. Your contributors have given me many ideas.
My first train set was a Lionel O27 0-4-0 steam engine, tender, box car, flat car, crane car and caboose at age 5.
Now retired, a HO starter set for around the Christmas tree rekindled my interest in model railroading. As the layout out grew too large for the living room, I moved the layout to the basement.
The 12’x15’ L shape layout is DC with 8 controls in 4 dual MRC Tech 7 Ampac 780’s, and 32 turnouts with wired controls.
There are crossovers between each of the main tracks, except the cable car and trolley lines.
The cable car line is DC, auto reversing with a station stop at both ends of the line.
The trolley line is DC, auto reversing with a station stop at both ends of the line and a mid Amtrak station stop.
There are 12 sidings. Each track and siding are electrically isolated at each cross over and siding turnout with individual block control. The tracks are numbered starting from 1 on the inside working outward.
Track 1 B&O Chessie System freight, 18” radius curves.
Track 2 Santa Fe freight with Pennsylvania Power &Light Ready Kilowatt coal cars, 18” radius curves.
Track 3 Amtrak that loops by Amtrak Station, 18” and 22” radius curves.
Track 4 Amtrak on incline loop that links lower and upper levels, 22” radius curves.
Track 5 Cable Car and Trolley line 15” and 18” radius curves.
Track 6 Amtrak Acela, with a Pennsylvania RR passenger train on the siding, 22” radius curves.
Track 7 German ICE, with a Thayls TGV on the siding, 26” and 28” radius curves, elevated track.
Track 8 German ICE, Intercity City Express, high speed train, 26” and 28” radius curves, elevated track.
The center area of the layout is a model of my family’s farm and local, small, rural village in Northeast, Pennslyvania.
On the farm, there are models of my home with the green roof and pond, my brother’s stone home with grey roof and horse barn, my parent’s white home, garage and red barn.
In the village, I have modeled a neighbor’s geodesic dome home, A-frame, green apartments, white home, log cabin home and Wesley Chapel Church.
In the back, right area of the layout is Red Rock Mountain, Ricketts Glen State Park and Kitchen Creek Waterfalls. The surrounding track area is symbolic of other distant locations. The nearest operating passenger rail station, Harrisburg, is 100 miles from home.
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A huge thanks to Larry. He looks like he’s been having a blast with his layout – and that’s what it’s all about: having fun.
I love the fact that a Christmas layout got him back in to the hobby too. Just goes to show, it doesn’t mattter how you make that start, just make sure you do somehow.
That’s all for today folks. Please do keep ’em coming.
And don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide if today is the day you start on your layout.