2×8 HO scale layout

Mike’s been in touch with his 2×8 HO scale layout :

“Dear Al,

I have been enjoying your emails and website and thought I would send you a plan (attached) and some photos (to follow) of my 2×8 Kansas City Time Saver layout that I have recently completed.

I used Bachmann EZ Track for this layout as it was my first and I went digital with a NCE Power Cab system so that I could have it as a stand alone layout or as a module.

I am currently working on two other layouts, a 9×5 and a 6×4, that will link with this eventually.

Hope you like it.


2x8 HO scale layout

2x8 HO scale layout

2x8 HO scale layout

2x8 HO scale layout

2x8 HO scale layout

2x8 HO scale layout

2x8 HO scale layout

2x8 HO scale layout

And now on to Bob:


Here are some of my scratch build N Scale (1:160) buildings

I proud of them hope you enjoy.


Melbourne Australia.”

A big thanks to Bob for sharing his 2×8 HO scale layout. And too Mike.

What I like about Bob’s is he has a theme: ‘Kansas city’.

Over the years I’ve noticed the layouts that look more convincing and have more charm, are always the ones based on something. They have a theme – and the wonderful thing about this hobby is that theme can be anything you please.

That’s all for today, folks.

Please do keep ’em coming.

And don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide if you want to get going on your very own layout.



PS Seen the latest ebay cheat sheet yet?

5 Responses to 2×8 HO scale layout

  1. Well done Mike …a small set can be very satisfying …scenics and rolling stock can give hours of pleasure

  2. This is a very nice layout for small spaces

  3. george zaky says:

    Clean & neat layout & nicely built base. A fellow garage guy.
    Suggestion-clean off ALL of the gravel/ballast away & from those EZ switches because the undersized solenoids inside them will burn out & you will have a dead switch. Make sure no piece of ballast got inside. I found these very annoying to remedy after they failed.
    As I constantly say- You N guys amaze me. Absolutely beautiful buildings and scratch built as well. Hope they land on a train layout and you show it off here.
    Big Al
    Nice. Merci beaucoup

  4. Rob McCrain says:

    I think a small layout is a great way to go. It provides almost infinite opportunities for building scenery, and you can run trains. Just because space is limited does not mean the fun is. Rob McCrain

  5. Jim Robinson says:

    Nice work. I especially like the waterfall. It’s one of the most realistic ones I’ve seen. I struggle with getting the “plastic” shine off my waterfalls–without them ending up looking “painted.” My best effort (still not as I’d like it) was to use cushion stuffing, wet it and use a fork to pull it down and give it some motion. But it still looked plastic when I finished.

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