More from Jim on his stunning HO layout

Jim’s been back in touch – his last post is here.

“Hi Al.

Jim from CB back again with Part #6 of my model railroad layout.

In my last posting, there was a comment that it was lucky that the door to the layout room opened outwards instead of the usual inwards. Well, it wasn’t really lucky, because, even before I started the layout, I realized that I would have to re-hang the door so it would open outwardly & afford me the extra space that would be required for the layout.

Also, if one checks out the video from 2:11 to 2:33, in the middle you will notice a searchlight tower near the transfer table pit. Years ago, I traded in a box of my old, badly abused childhood Marx 0-27 scale train cars on some new HO scale train cars.

Then a few years later, in my basement, I found the searchlight housing for the old Marx searchlight work car (see attached picture). So rather than toss it, I scratch built a tower & mounted the searchlight housing on top of it with a grain-of-rice bulb inside for lighting.

Although it’s not the correct scale, I believe it doesn’t look too out of place & besides, I therefore, still have a connection, albeit a small one, to my childhood trains.

That’s it for now train buddies & keep on trackin.’

Jim from CB”



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Now on to Bill (his last post is here) who has pretty much finished one of his scenes:

“Hi Al,

Short update on my layout. Been raining a lot in Virginia lately and I got tired of looking at all pink foam base on my layout. I took out some scenery supplies I’ve had in storage since the early 90’s and had got rid of the pink in at least a small area of the layout. It’s been fun to weather track, lay a little ballast and start to model the world around the track.

Best

Bill in Virginia”

That’s all for today folks, a huge thanks to Jim and Bill.

Please do keep ’em coming – and don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide if you want your layout to happen anytime soon.

Best

Al

10 Responses to More from Jim on his stunning HO layout

  1. Ed Hansen says:

    Jim…Great layout. I especially like the A&P store.

    Ed in Kentucky

  2. colin gilburt says:

    Well Bill Keep at it you appear to have the knack of making the trackside look real. Well Done

    Colin Scotland

  3. Hemi says:

    Jim & Bill NICE work! Keep up the GREAT work! ~Hemi

  4. Hi
    Great layouts – well done gentlemen!
    I have one question/comment. In Jim’s video there appears to be a horizontal slide ‘turntable’. Is that what it is? If so what is a model of and how was it done?

  5. Milt says:

    Great Scenery

  6. phil says:

    what type of ho track is that it looks like real wood then the track you buy in the stores.
    p.s. all your stuff is just great thanks a lot.

  7. Wm althaus says:

    Jim I think you have a fantastic layout. A nice variety of equipment and a lot of railroad action going on. Nice work!

    Bill in Virginia

    To the gentleman asking about track, for my layout I use shinohara code 70 layouts and flex track. I hand paint the ties and rail using Model Master railroad tie brown. After I lay ballast I use a mix of brown, black and a little red and orange chalk dust to weather ties and rails. It gives it a nice look and dulls everything to make it look more realistic

  8. Don says:

    Very nicely done and love the scenery!!

  9. Joe from Republic of Panama says:

    Nice job!
    Great train action and beautiful scenery, buildings etc.

  10. Stephen D Gispanski says:

    Very nice job on both Jim & Bill. On Jim’s old flat car did you have to put new trucks for the flat car to ride the rails right? And Bills scenery looks very real, I liked how you used some of the pink for rocks, very nicely done. I can’t wait to get to the scenery on mine.
    Keep on trucking and keep them on the rails.
    SDG St.Petersburg Fl USA

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