Model railroad diorama ho scale

Henry has been in touch with is model railroad diorama ho scale:

“Hello Alastair

Thank you for your continued service to the model railway fraternity.

I look forward to your emails every day.

This email is a little different from my usual, as it does not show my layout, but a model railway diorama I was asked to build for a lady whose husband was a collector of South African model trains.

He sadly passed away, and he had gathered some items to build a display for one of his locomotives.

He never got to build it, and now his wife had asked me if I would build the diorama for her to display his favourite locomotive.

I include a few pictures of the diorama. I added a few details of my own, like the pigeon on the telephone pole and the cart with the milk churns.

I also replaced the incandescent bulbs in the signal with LED’s and wired it up to work.

I routered out a space in the wood to place a 9v battery and installed a centre off toggle switch, so the signal can be turned to red, green or off altogether.

Yours sincerely


model railroad diorama ho scale

model railroad diorama ho scale

model railroad diorama ho scale

model railroad diorama ho scale

Ho scale track buffers

HO scale diorama farm scene

HO scale sheep

HO scale sheep

HO scale turnouts telegrpah pole

Now to Hall of Fame member, Rob.

He’s shared his latest video on track laying:

“Hi Al,

This time I packaged up all the track laying wisdom I have learned over the last 12 years of building layouts and laying track.

In all I pass along 12 items of experience. It has proven very popular on my channel. I hope your readers can find a nugget or two that will help them.


Thanks to Rob.

And a very big thanks to Henry for sharing his model railroad diorama ho scale – it has a touching back story.

That’s all for today folks.

Please do keep ’em coming.

And if today is the day you get started on your layout, the Beginner’s Guide is here.



PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

PPS HO scale train layouts here if that’s your thing.

7 Responses to Model railroad diorama ho scale

  1. Stephen Hill Woodstock GA says:

    Henry, you’re a fine man to complete this for your friend. It’s a great gesture and your work and detail are impressive. Thank you .

  2. DJfromNJ says:

    Henry, you are a remarkable person. The planet we live upon can use a few million more persons of your caliber. BTW, your work on the diorama is equally impressive.

  3. Pete from Michigan says:

    Henry, I like what you have done. When building a diorama for a widow, would you glue the rolling stock to the track so that it would stay in place if the diorama is moved? Is it normal on any diorama to glue all of the pieces down so that they are always in place?
    Great work and great heart for doing it.

  4. Ruben Simon says:

    Decades ago, I created a diorama of my horse tack room from a previous place I lived, complete with the horse’s neck and head coming through the half door that led to his stall. The idea is to catch a moment in time, and so gluing everything in place is appropriate for this kind of “snapshot”.

  5. Wayne Rybak says:

    Thank you Henry. I’m getting a little emotional with your story. Thanks for reminding us that we are here for others. I like to se it when you have the S. African equipment on there.

  6. Henry van Wyk says:

    @ Pete, No, I am not gluing the rolling stock or locomotive down, in case the lady wants to change it to a different locomotive etc.
    @ Wayne, I am hopefully delivering the diorama to her on Sunday, will then take a few pictures with the GMAM Garret and water tanker.
    Thank you all for the very nice comments.

  7. Jim Turner says:

    Bob, thanks for your tracklaying tips. I’m trying to resurrect a layout from the 60s with the original tracks, some of which defy joining/laying. Your pointers made some bad connections work! Jim in SoCal

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