I’ve been enjoying your site for a number of years now and noticed that a lot that has been published have been very large model railways.
Although they are absolutely brilliant models not everybody has the room for a large layout.
Also I feel it’s a bit daunting for someone new to this great hobby.
I’ve included a few photos of two builds I’ve done to show being small doesn’t have to be a boring flat layout.
The first pictures are on a base of 5ft x about 3ft 3” with the sidings.
The second is 5ft x 3ft I built for a severally mentally handicaped young lad. It was built to keep it simple as not to confuse him with points, lights and switches ect.
Although it’s quite basic with a tunnel and water fall gives it that little bit more interest.
With this size layout I put on castors so it can be slid under a single bed when not in use.
I hope these few photos can give a few people some inspiration to give it a go.
With a bit of imagination and possibly the help of your “How To” book there’s no limit to what they can achieve.
A huge thanks to Bill – he really does demonstrate something I’m always banging on about: it’s not lack of space that stops people creating a layout, it’s lack of imagination.
You’ve just got to roll your sleeves up and have some fun.
That’s all for today folks.
Please do keep ’em coming.
And don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide is here if you want to get going on your own layout.
PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here. Still going strong.
I think this is really good and it works well because Laurence has not fallen to the temptation to try and cram too much in.
I wonder though if using smaller locomotives and rolling stock might look better; this was prompted by the penultimate photograph.
But then again who am I to comment I haven’t even started on a layout.
Just shows you do not need much space to have a super layout with great scenery. Size does not matter. What matters is having fun with the space you have! Nicely done.
Laurence does in amazing job of showing how bigger is not always better. He also shows that simple, for someone who may not fully understand things, can still be wonderful. Thanks for sharing!
Knew a much better use existed for dining room table lmao. I could get involved with such a layout but much more than keeping freight schedules. Buildings, vehicle scenario, sharks in lake; all types of things to maintain an operating session.
I do have problem ingesting some of the under table wiring distribution photos, not good. Started career building aircraft wiring harnesses, just opened my eyes to things most hardly notice; but like to see the electrical expanded with the modeling also.
Very good looking waterfall and river. Plenty to see in a small space. Good Job Laurence.
Well done with your small layout Lawrence …can be just as much fun as a large layout , and this is ideal …Dangerous Dave
Great craftsmanship, planning and creativity. What gauge?
George from NY
Very creative and well done. I really enjoy knowing small is beautiful.
Very impressed, you show a lot of detail and the layout it’s easy to manage. I noticed there’s a lot of traffic with all the trucks. I like your use of lighting. And I love the waterfall! All good things on your layout are easy to do. Like it was said, just roll up your sleeves and let your imagination go! Thank you for sharing
Small layouts can be a lot of fun
Creative – Imagination. The operative words. Where can we find this? I know watching what others are doing. Great layout ++
Fallen tree by the waterfall – nice touch; clever!
Very nice. I’m a big fan of landscaping and your modeling skills are truly remarkable. The water features are obviously the focal point and are quite realistic. Great work.
George its standard OO gauge
B9oth of these layouts are brilliant in showing what can be done in a smal space and I think that you should be commended for biulding one for a youngster who will love it but cannot do it himself, Thank you.
Great job the waterfall scenery, hope I can do as well some day.
A marvellous layout and done for as very worthy impetus. Thanks for sharing, with us and for him.
Wonderful usage of space. I get tired of tycoons showing huge layouts with downtown New York and Skyscrapers ten feet tall…Now l need to figure out how to put Oscale 54 inch two rail into a 9×16 room. Thank You.
Size means nothing. Enjoyment means everything.
Love the falls and the brook. Mountains look realistic great job.Quite a bit of stuff in a small area needly arranged.
The last pic by the water fall Put a picnic bench and people.
VERY NICE for a small layout! NICELY done Waterfall too! GREAT job over all! The scenery is impressive and all comes together very well too!
Keep up the GREAT work and enjoy! ~Hemi
Thanks for this wonderful and small layout. Those of us who have to build small for whatever reason now have a layout to admire.
Laurence— Great waterfalls! Wish mine was half as good.
Jerry in Colorado
this is the space I have 6×3 your site is very helpful thank you
Great looking layout.
Especially the water falls.
can you inform us how you did the water fall and river? need to do something like that on my layout.