More from Rob on his Farland Howe model railroad

Got more from Andy and Rob today.

If you missed them in the last post, they are both here.

“I had all this material from two separate (previous) layouts. I moved to a new house and had to settle for a 10×12 bedroom.

I thought I would try to incorporate two scales into one. I have two mains in HO towards the front of the layout and a loop of N scale on the back and the elevated part.

The mountains are made from 2 inch blue styrofoam standing upright and carved with a hot knive . Behind that I carved more mountains out of one inch foam.

Andy”

And here’s the latest from Hall of Fame member Rob, with his fantastic series:



Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

That’s all for today folks – please do keep ’em coming.

And don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide is here if you want to build your layout without the mistakes we all make.

I’ll leave you with this tip that made me smile:

“Morning:

My best tip would be “know your limitations on the size layout you intend to build.

Regards, Gary

P.S. I had to buy a different house to accommodate mine.”

Best

Al

13 responses to “More from Rob on his Farland Howe model railroad”

  1. Dennis. Cork says:

    Hi rob wot cars do you ues and how do they work

  2. Randy Blankenship says:

    Outstanding lay out! Great back drop!

  3. Robert Brady says:

    Is the reason for the N scale to give the appearance of the train is off in the distance?

  4. Rod Mackay says:

    Andy, that N train seems to be obeying the latest rule everywhere – “take that coal back where you got it, we don’t want any!” Our local power station has just gone standby only and the rails are all rusted over, something I never thought to see so soon.
    Rob, if this is supposed to be Britain mate, the lorries barely fit on their own side of the road in most places, round here they’ve had to develop a new sign meaning turn your d***** satnav off, for roads marked unsuitable for HGVs. That scooter rider may well have been flattened by a wing mirror.
    Rod

  5. David says:

    That is really great. Looks like a lot of work, but I’m sure it is fun. I have been working on my layout for about 5 years.

  6. paul vogel says:

    Rob…….Short and sweet. You do great work ! Paul Ohio USA

  7. Marklin ed says:

    Rob I know about Faller car, because I’m. Marklin railroader. I never used them. But you made it look great. Wonderful job. You should think of more roadways of Faller.
    Thanks again.
    Keep well

  8. William Moore says:

    40 years of railroading tells me, turnouts on a bridge is ask fo trouble. The best turnouts can snag a wheel. A high bridge can be chaos.
    Willy

  9. Hemi says:

    NICE layout in N scale!!!!! VERY NICELY done!!!!!

    The person that asked, No N scale is a scale just smaller to take up less space, OR stuff more into a larger area. BUT if used right it can be used with larger scales to make distances look further away called “Forced Perspective”…… I plan to do much the same with my own HO Scale layout with some N off in the distance to make the scene look further away!

  10. Steve Green says:

    great layout and great music

  11. Ian McDonald says:

    both layouts are looking good.seeing trains and cars moving is really bringing the hobby to a new perspective my grandkids think this the way to go. thanks for sharing.

  12. Mark Gilbert says:

    Rob,

    You asked in the video for comments regarding your edging or skirting board. You had chosen green, and while I must admit that Hunter green and Forest green are my two favorite colors, I am not certain that a green color enhances the layout.

    While flat black adds no character to the layout itself, it does force the eye to look at the layout instead of drawing the eye to the skirting board. I face the same dilemma when choosing a frame for artwork. What is a the correct color and how ornate the frame before it distracts from the painting it frames.

    I hope this helps you in your quest for selecting the final color choice for your skirting board.

    Mark
    USA

  13. John Douglas says:

    Hi Al, this is for Rob.
    I think that a valance can look very smart and a dark flat green is a very good colour.
    The Faller car/truck system looks really impressive, well done.

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