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”

Latest ebay cheat sheet here.

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.


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.



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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