Lou starts his HO model railroad

“Al we’re getting going on a new layout we took down the engage started out with a whole new table we’re going ho this time and fortunately I saved all of my old track and what I had of train.

This is how far I’ve gotten so far and I hopefully it’ll look really cool when we get done will keep in touch with new pics as we go then.

Thank you all


HO model railroad

HO model railroad trackbed

HO model railroad outside loop

(You can see Lewis’s last post here.)

“Hi Alastair.

A few photos of my completed lift out “bridge” across the doorway to complete a loop around the layout. It has all the scenery on it including a small “hobo” camp.

The two Photos below show it during the scenery stage on the floor.

Photo below has two hobos walking along a path towards the others just behind the tree to join them for a meal and some music.

The hobos getting ready to settle in and enjoy a meal. The chickens had better stay out of the way if they don’t want to be the meal for tonight.

A bird landing on a branch in a tree to watch the hobos.

Better get a move on old man otherwise we will be late for the meal.

That’s all for now.

Keep up the excellent work Alastair.

Brian – the HOn3 guy in good old RSA ????”

(Brian’s last post is here.)

“Hi Al,

Here is a photo of my hornby railroad 08 shunter after I weathered with a wash of grey, black, and brown paint.

Most diesels do look dirty after they have been in service for a while.


A huge thanks to Paul, Brian and Lou.

I know there isn’t much to Lou’s layout at the moment, but I like publishing the ‘work in progress’ layouts for two reasons.

Firstly, this hobby is all about making a start.

And secondly, I do like seeing the choas of a layout before it starts to take shape. All of them, every single one of them, look like that at some point. So if yours does, don’t despair – just crack on.

That’s all for today folks. Please don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide if Lou, Brian or Paul have inspired you to get going on your layout.



PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

8 Responses to Lou starts his HO model railroad

  1. Hemi says:

    the start is lookin’ REALLY good! And some NICE Detail too!

  2. Rob McCrain says:

    A great beginning to a wonderful layout Lou, keep up the great work.
    Excellent work on your lift out section Brian. An interesting way to have ingress and egress to your layout.
    Nice weather Paul. Your 08 looks like a hard working machine.
    All good examples of the modelers art. It is so true, you cannot have any sort of layout unless you begin. You may not have the greatest layout in the world when you are done, but good modeling like everything else takes practice so get going.
    Rob McCrain – Farland Howe

  3. Bob says:

    All good, is it 1800 by 1200 or bigger?

  4. I liked the N scale but can relate to the HO I used to have a large HO set up in an apartment we use to live in but then we moved into an mobile home with almost no room for a layout until I got hocked on the N scale stuff and have not gone back because of the cost of HO stuff around here .
    Be well and stay safe all !

  5. Rod Mackay says:

    A nice thing about photos you take during construction is all the stuff just sitting there, favourite tools you’ll lose, products you won’t be able to buy, mugs that will be broken, your Dad’s old St Bruno’s Flake tins full of panel pins or woodscrews, the soldering iron you wore out… Great fun.

  6. David Hodges says:

    Lou, Your work looks great on the HO gauge; Just wondering if you are watching the radius of the curves? My Dad and I worked on a 4×8 ft HO layout years ago and ended up having to redo much of it because my Amtrak passenger cars were too long to make the curves! Hopefully you have it all under control, and as I said, you are doing very good quality work. David in Indiana, USA

  7. Susan Cannon says:

    Chickens?!?! Where on earth did you find chickens? I have been searching for some chickens for my coop for a few years now and cannot find any. HO scale.

  8. Brian Messenger says:

    The chickens (HO scale) are made by Prieser as are some of the figures. I think but not 100% sure that Woodland Scenics also make some. Brian – the HOn3 guy.

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