Mike has been in touch – he’s found out pros and cons when it comes to HO or N scale.
Hope this message finds you well. Seems like a great time to send you an update on my model train odyessy inspired three years ago when I first encountered your wealth of information website.
Briefly, I started with a basement full of Lionel trains on four 4×8 tables. A year later, I scrapped it all to gain more real estate with HO scale.
I went all out with Bachmann EZ Track and constructed replicas of the Western Film town of Old Tucson and Hill Valley from the “Back to the Future” movies.
However, left with very little floor space for family and visitors during the days of the pandemic, I took the decision to scrap once again all the HO trains and track to regroup in N Scale.
Right or wrong, I liquidated all the HO trains and track on ebay, and then I acquired a few Bachmann N scale starter sets and lots of EZ track to begin experimenting with layouts on a much smaller L-shaped table topped with extruded polystyrene.
Photos included to illustrate how much of the basement was reclaimed for visitors. After trying several track plans, I settled on the this one.
Then I made a great discovery: KATO Trains. The upgrade in quality over Bachmann was astounding. Wish I would have used their track before I invested so much in Bachmann EZ track.
Now the scenery planning begins. I intend to rebuild in scale the Old Tucson and Hill Valley towns of the HO setup with a mountain scene in the corner.
Project should take me well into the Winter months.
I’ll keep you posted. Many thanks again for all the great tips and examples of what other train enthusiasts are doing with this wonderful hobby.
Grand Rapids, Michigan USA”
A huge thanks to Mike for the update. His last post – the HO scale – is here.
It just goes to show that the scale – HO scale or N scale – or any scale come to that, all hinges and on the space and budget you have… and of course how much time you have.
I do love hearing how all are getting on. It’s a learning curve for all of us, and knowing my little site has helped some of you really does please me.
Please do keep ’em coming.
And if you want to make your start, the Beginner’s Guide is here if you want to get going on your own layout.