John has been in touch. He’s had a marvellous idea for his model train theme.
I’ve been reading your posts for some time.
I’m finally getting on to sending you some information about my modeling. I’m a semi-retired architect from Boston, MA USA.
I had an N-scale layout in the 1970’s. It was something a colleague of mine and I did to pass the time as we were working for our respective firms designing the sign system for the Atlanta’s MARTA. Things ended up in boxes until last October.
I’ve been a fan of the Bermuda Railway for a long time and thought it would be a perfect model train theme. My late wife and I used to do a week in Bermuda in October fo quite a long time.
That’s when I learned about “The Old Rattle and Squeak,” described as the most expensive railway ever built.
It’s a terrific railroad to model, because, in its 26 miles, it had two tunnels, three major bridges, many trestles, and an urban waterfront.
Well, last October, I decided to take the plunge. The first order of business was creating rolling stock.
A Bermudian had commissioned a designer to create models of the bodies of a motor coach, two frieght vans, and two passenger cars. Shapeways makes them.
I found two Tomy trolley kits that fit the motor coach and the freight vans. Then I found couplers that are independent of the bogies.
With a lot of fiddling, I managed to put together a motor coach.
Using that learning experience, I made chassis for the passenger cars and finished them with bogies and couplers.
I’ve learned now that I should have painted my pieces before assembling things. I also found a source for custom decals in Canada to complete the appearance of the rolling stock.
About a year ago, I designed a room-sized layout. I haven’t built that yet.
In the mean time, I designed a small – 24” x 30” (60 x 75cm) – layout where I could prototype the elements that will be needed for the room-sized venture. I call it “2-1/2 acres,” because that’s its size in N scale.
I dug out my boxes of N scale material from the 70’s to start my build. That was at the end of 2019. As of this beginning of 2021, 2-1/2 acres is almost done.
I’ve followed the advice of Kaustav Chatterjee to make most everything by scratch, but I’ve rounded out the landscaping with some super trees and some bags of ground foam that were in my box of track.
The layout is DC, because I’m using my equipment from before.
Thanks for maintaining your website and blog. I look forward to reading it every day.
Now on to Arnie:
Have been a model railroader since my early years starting with Lionel and going to HO and then N scale. Living on the other side of the pond on the west coast of Florida.
Below is a new startup from HO to N since my wife wanted to share the room.
The layout in on a 6 food by 30 inch table and the foam under lay makes it 75 inches by 32 inches.
I wanted a long straight run and by doubling back with elevation I got what I wanted.
Below is a track layout made with Scarm track designer and some pictures of my layout and model board and small work bench. Enjoy.
When I have my backdrop up and the trains running I will try sending a video.
A big thanks to John for sharing his model train theme, and to Arnie too.
If you’d like to see some of Kaustav’s posts (who John mentions), his weathering one is here.
It really makes me smile when folk write how the blog has helped – I hope it’s inspired some of you in some way, but most of all, to make that start.
I know I keep saying it, but it’s the start that stops most of us.
That’s all for this time folks.
Please do keep ’em coming.
And dont’ forget, the Beginner’s Guide is here if today is going to be the day you grab the bull by the horns.