Scott’s been in touch with his HO scale modular model train layout – he’s building it block by block.
At the moment, it’s currently 7’ x 10’ L shaped:
I have enjoyed your e-mails for months now and finally have decided to share my layout progress with everyone.
The layout is entirely freelanced prototype. Set in 1949 it includes the actual towns of Warwick and Cordele in South Georgia where I live. But this railroad never actually existed.
In my freelance scenario the W&W is in its final years as a class three railroad and is soon to be absorbed into the Southern Railway System which it currently interchanges with.
As I am only a few months from retirement I am building it module by module in order to transport it to a more permanent location next year. I have a 10’x24’ building where I am moving to.
The building will house the eventual railroad which will be composed of 20 modules on two levels. The current state of the build takes up two walls of a spare bedroom and consists of three modules. I intend to continue this “module by module” build even after I move into the next space.
I enjoy all of the aspects of the hobby – but I find that committing one long period of time to construction, another to laying track, another to wiring and so on gets a bit tedious and boring.
Building a large layout in twenty modules – each module to be completed before work on the next begins – is allowing me to experience every step of the build in twenty shorter time frames. It’s almost like building twenty layouts from start to finish!
These three modules are not completely finished. The last one of the three still lacks ballasting and a few more structures need to be built and installed. But I think it is close enough to being finished to share it with you and your subscribers.
I am able to run operations on the layout in its current state. I simply use the portion of mainline track where the steam engine is located as a small interchange yard.
The Carfloat serves as another interchange point. The entire three module setup is a switchback that descends a full 32 scale feet from the mainline to the wharf.
I deliberately started with this section of modules as I knew the switchback operations would provide a lot of fun in my limited space.
I look forward to modeling the water after I get to the final setup location. Unfortunately all three wharf modules are connected to a continuous body of water which, if I poured it now would render them permanently connected. For now I have just painted the water area a deep green color.
Thank you for the opportunity to share!
A huge big thanks to Scott for sharing his modular model train layout.
His layout is a great example of how a little planning can go a long, long way.
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.
PPS More HO scale train layouts here if that’s your thing.