HO scale railroad figures

Steve’s added some HO scale railroad figures to his layout… and something else has appeared too:

“Just a little surprise on the layout.

The other day I heard a grinding noise coming from the train room so I went in to see what was going on. Well I found a blue box all lit up. The strange part is I never put it there. I am still trying to figure it out. Picture in closed.

In the meantime I have some crews running water lines to the community.

Will be sending more soon

Steve from Toms River.”

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ho scale railroad figures

ho scale railroad figures

ho scale railroad figures

Strange blue light? I had to look at Steve’s pics twice before I twigged. Did make me smile though.

It’s another great example of ‘your layout, your rules’. If you want to add Dr Who’s tardis, that’s fine. And if you want to add some HO scale railroad figures, that’s fine too.

And now the latest from Rob and his fantastic layout update:

“Hi Al,

In my latest video we look at methods for power feeders to the track, the magic wheelie stool, cutting the last spice in what will be the fast line because the tightest curve is 24 inches plus radius, a little soldering, cutting track pads, and running my Intercity 125 at high scale speeds. Not as fast as she will go, but fast enough for a real jolt of fun.

We go under the table and connect wires the easy way and discuss cutting track for a diamond crossover. Tricker than you might think. The layout is coming along nicely and bnow only one loop left to build and I can start the scenery planning and land forming.

I think some of your viewers that are new to the hobby will get some ideas or hope they will.



Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

A huge thanks to Steve for sharing his HO scale railroad figures and to Rob (Rob’s last post is here).

That’s all this time folks – please do keep ’em coming.

And don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide if you want to get going on your layout and join in on the fun.



14 Responses to HO scale railroad figures

  1. Richard Standing says:

    Steve reminds me of something I did on my father’s layout a few years ago. I’d picked up a similar ‘blue box’ with a flashing light on top and installed it in the ‘town’ section of the layout, tucked away so that the box itself could only be seen from a certain angle. I connected the blue light into the signalling circuits so the light would only come on when the Platform 1 starter was showing yellow. When my father was next in the loft, I set the trains running and we chatted. After they had done several circuits, my father spotted the blue flashing light reflecting off some of the buildings and asked “Am I supposed to have noticed something?” 🙂

  2. Frank says:

    Great to see a train and Dr Who fan all in one.

  3. Richard says:

    Dr. Who is alive and well. The Tardis proves it.

  4. Don Viray says:

    This is a work of art. thanks for sharing it with us…WoW!

  5. dave says:

    LOL I just knew it was a matter of time before a tardis appeared on a lay out !! o scale ??

  6. Marklin ed says:

    Thanks for the blue Doctor box, like the pipe laying gang, I amazed by the many different ideas the people come up with to add to their layouts. GREAT STUFF…..

  7. Don says:

    The video was very helpful. I am not to the point of wiring yet but will use your techniques. One question. What are the gauges of the wires you used? The down feed, connector, and main bus wires.

  8. Lee Barry, CEO LZPMRR says:

    I remember seeing one of those “portable police” stations many,manyyears ago on my dad’s layout .Seems it was in the middle to late 50’s, they were made by Lionel.

  9. Garry Schneider says:

    Great to see a Lionel 027 railway done up with such great detail! Am working on a 14′ x 16′ Lionel O gauge that takes me back about sixty years. Still in the track laying and wiring stage, but can run on most of the sections. Will be a while before I can even come close to working on the great details you have added. Well Done.

  10. Franco428 says:

    Who did it! Why yes, Who did it! But Who did it to you? Who did it of course! Why did you get it from Who? Well, Who’s Who without Who?

    I wrote this yesterday, before I saw your note. When I re-read my “Who” note to you, it did not make sense about Who did what to who.


    Oh crap, not those guys again!

  11. Rob McCrain says:

    The main bus is 18 ga. stranded and the down wires are 20 ga. solid core.
    Rob FH

  12. Robert Shuman says:

    that’s some of the best O gauge scenery I’ve ever seen. I know, I must get out more.

  13. Ian McDonald says:

    unbelievable pipe work and workmen . great how to picked up some good points thanks for sharing.

  14. Peter says:

    Excellent o ga. Layout.!

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