Lester’s HO scale model railroad layout

“Hi Al,

Here are some pix of one of my layouts.

I have two, this one and a larger one in a shed in my back yard.

This one I call North Division because it is north of my outside building. What gives me fun is to see trains running around my track. Scenery is my dread !!

This layout table height is 42 inches and is HO scale.

It is a private road name some where in the USA with both steam and diesel with no particular time period. I call it a Miniature Rail Transportation System.

I don’t model any area, time period or railroad.

Pictures are:

1. Track plan
2. Mine
3. Other side of mountain
4. City of Emmaville. (Emma is one of my great granddaughters). The back drop that you see here used to be a piece of cardboard only 5” tall. I had it there because a couple of cars went to the floor and of course the cardboard stopped that from happening anymore. Anyhow it is made with paper buildings glued onto a piece of cardboard painted blue.
5 Another view of Emmaville.
6. Sidings around Emmaville.
7. Sidings around Emmaville.
8. Sidings around Emmaville.
9. More sidings
10. Back of residential
11. Emmaville residential street.

When I learn how, I’ll send a video of this layout.

HO scale model railroad track plan

HO scale freight

HO scale scenery

HO scale buildings

HO scale curve

HO scale platform

HO scale town

HO scale fctory

HO scale sidings

HO scale town layout

HO scale road freight

Lester,

Georgia USA”

A big thanks to Lester for sending this in.

I get lots of mails from folk who say they love running trains, and scenery isn’t their thing – just like Lester.

And unsurprisingly, I also get just as many saying they love to take hours and hours over their scenery and are not bothered at all about their trains.

I think what’s important is that enjoy it, what ever that may be. After all, without that, what’s the point?

Now something completely different. Here’s the latest installment from Dangerous Dave. Hard to believe he’s starting from scratch again:

“HI Al,

well got started on the new layout, managed as far as building a tunnel with opening top for those inevitable derailments whist the trains are running though it… I show how to add a few different shades of grass to add that real like look… a lot to do ,but least got started.

Regards

Dave”



Latest ebay cheat sheet is here. Still sniffing out the deals.

Thanks to Dave – love what he wrote: “…a lot to do, but least got started.”

And that’s what this hobby is all about it, making a start and enjoying it, whatever that may be.

That’s all for today folks.

Please do keep ’em coming.

And if you want to make a start, just like Dave (again!), the Beginner’s Guide is here.

Best

Al

17 Responses to Lester’s HO scale model railroad layout

  1. Jim says:

    Wow! You did an excellent job!

  2. Ashley Herbert says:

    Couldn’t help noticing that Dave wears belt and braces. Just like his excellent modelling he ensures everything will work reliably.
    More seriously, when doing a new layout you must have lots of built up models, scenery and rolling stock. Where do you store it all when remodelling the layout?
    Such excellent quality videos as well.
    Thank you for sharing it all.

  3. I’m here on the other side of the pond. I really enjoy watching Dave’s videos. The one thing I’ve noticed he makes the track appear to be part of the landscape not just dropped on top. He is a very tallented artist indeed.
    At first I thought he was from Brooklyn NY but now I’m sure it’s a Boston Ma. accent? Settle down I’m joking of course.
    Keep the videos coming. Is there a spot where I can see all of his videos?

  4. Cody Harris says:

    Lester–Georgia USA…..

    Love your layout…I am in Lawrenceville, east of Atlanta…Are you close? If so, love to see your layout first hand

  5. Robert Gevert says:

    I give Dave a lot of credit to start a new layout.But,it will keep him busy and maybe out of trouble!! Like Lester I like running trains but I also like doing scenery which gets me in trouble as to which one I’m wanting to do most.Time will tell! And a big thank you to Al for bringing us all the joys and heart aches of model railroading!!

  6. Rube Simon says:

    Lester – so bright and colorful. No wonder you like watching the trains run through it all.

  7. Chuck Bianchi says:

    I really liked the coal tipple, very realistic coming out bedside the hill side. Why are box cars rather than gondolas being loaded under it?

  8. To the person who lives in Lawrenceville, I live in Columbus and you are welcome to come anytime.
    To the person about box cars at the mine. I need to buy some gondola kits and make them

  9. Bill McCourt says:

    Am I correct in assuming that the grid squares of your layout drawing are 1 ft by 1 ft?

  10. anthoney king says:

    Well it’s no Surprise that Daves layout already looking really good you really have a Talent at scenery it always looks so good I Love Watching you Vids on your progress
    thanks, Dave for sharing with us all

    all the best Anthoney – sunny Derbyshire

  11. Dave:

    I can’t wait to see your new creation!

  12. Jan says:

    Oh my. If I had 10% of Dave’s talent I would be a happy scenery builder.
    Once my lay-out has moved to the new “man cave” I will send in some pictures and some text.

  13. “Dangerous Dave” says he hopes to be done by Christmas…
    At the rate he works I am expecting to see videos of his new and “finished” layout (are they every really done) on a Saturday post at least a fortnight before the Winter Solstice… And definitely before the third Advent Sunday…
    Joking of course but at the rate he works…
    Amazing
    John from Cali

  14. Carl in Kansas says:

    If you are into building kit rail cars, Tichy offers a string of 12 shorty wood gondolas at a reasonable price. I built them, and they are really nice. If you want to build them, I suggest you build one all the way. Then build the remaining 11 assembly-line style. When I bought my set, it came with plastic wheels – If they still come that way, I would suggest getting metal wheels right from the get-go. (By the way, you actually build the trucks from many parts, but the details are fantastic – they even show weld points. You might consider buying trucks rather than metal wheels.)

    Still In Training,
    Carl in Kansas

  15. Brian Rockey says:

    Great video as always Dave! Can’t believe the speed at which you work and get things done. My OO layout in the loft is very slow progress. Too hot this summer, and will be very cold in winter. Can’t get permission for roof insulation!!!! Will have to get up and see you at some stage once I get my oxygen sorted – haha!!!. Brian (Wokingham down south!)

  16. Joe Wright says:

    Thank you Lester for your contribution, looks like you are having a lot of fun on your layout. fun is what it’s all about.
    As always Dangerous Dave, never fails to impress. That man is amazing. I assume his wife is happy he spends most of his time in his train room. I really enjoy his progress reports
    still working on mine. One day I will be posting some pictures. I will admit that my buildings that I made on my layout so far are pretty well done they seem to be where my talent lies. shame I only have room for a small 4X 8 HO Layout.

  17. henry sippel says:

    what would our fantasy train world be without “”Dave”” tnx henry flprida usa

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