South African model trains

Heinrich has very kindly sent in more pics of his superb HO South African model trains.

If you missed his last post, it’s here.

One thing I’m always banging on about is a theme – the layouts that have a theme from day one, are always the layouts that seem to turn out the best.

And I think that really shows with Heinrich’s layout.

He’s in South Africa and he’s based it on the South African scenery and surroundings.

But the wonderful thing about this hobby is you can pick any theme you like – it’s entirely up to you.

It’s just one of the things that make this hobby so fun.

If you look at Heinrich’s earlier posts, you’ll also so how every layout starts by looking no more than choas on a table or bench.

Then, slowly, it morphs into your theme and takes shape.

Again, perhaps another wonderful thing about this hobby is that you go at your own pace, whatever that may be.

And of course, a layout is never really finished – there is always something to change or do, so just enjoy the journey.

“Hello Al,

Here are a couple of pics of my complete layout, sans the electronic signals and control panel.



South African model trains

South African model trains

South African model trains

South African model trains

South African model trains

South African model trains

South African model trains

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A huge thanks to Heinrich for sharing his South African model trains – what a layout!

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 make that start, just like Heinrich did.



19 Responses to South African model trains

  1. David Howarth says:

    Great looking layout

  2. James Malins says:

    First rate layout and interesting rolling stock. Obvious that there has been a great deal of hard work and attention to detail.

  3. Peter Bayley-Bligh says:

    Great to see a number of cameos with people realistically placed.

  4. James Marek says:

    Awesome layout!

  5. WOW!! Beautiful, thanks for sharing that!!

  6. Robert Brady says:

    Excellent Photos love the layout and design. Great job
    Heinrich .
    The Critic

  7. Jim says:

    I really really wish people would include overall photos of the entire layout. The closeups are nice, but I also want to see the whole thing.

  8. Trevor says:

    Heinrich – did you have to scratch build the 25NC and the Red Devil – most impressive portrayal of De Aar ? looks excellent with the Beyer-Garrett action video

  9. Erick says:

    Excellent work i hope mine going look some like that.

  10. Dave 'Bullfrog' says:

    Unbelievably realistic placement of people and accessories. A fantastic layout..

  11. Harold Payne says:

    Thanks for sharing your photo’s.
    It’s always interesting to see European layouts and how the prototypes
    are unique to the their countries.
    Great modeling and photos, more overall photos are needed for all
    sharing their layouts.
    I noticed some trucks are Chevrolet’s, is this artistic license or are there
    Chevrolet’s sold in Europe?
    Keep up the great work and stay safe..

  12. kevin says:

    a most excellent layout

  13. B. Bouman says:

    Thanks for all the great pictures, what is the name of the manufacturer of the Garrat steam engine? I have never seen a Garrat model before.

  14. Dpn says:

    Great layout! I’ve been wondering from some of the videos we see like yours I just finished looking at if it’s possible to have some of the land vehicles moving as well? I realize that will take more engineering to get that scenario working, but it would be a little more realistic! What do you think? Whatever, great job!

  15. Mark T. Pianka says:

    Very nice layout a job well done have fun!

  16. Such a beautiful layout. Everything about it is gorgeous. I am also jealous! You have a Garratt! You are so fortunate to have one. They are so hard to find. I know Heljan sells them. I am thinking of buying two identical Pacifics and building a Garratt out of them. I understand there is only one prototype in the entire USA.
    I would like to see a much longer video on Your layout. Gorgeous country there, too.
    Greetings from Joseph in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.

  17. Glyn says:

    Gorgeous layout Heinrich- where did you get the Garratt model- I’ve wanted one for years!

  18. Wow that’s a really great job on your layout and then it’s a very unique steam engine that you showed in your video I have never seen that before thank you for sharing Chris

  19. Super work. Nice scenes throughout telling stories which is great.

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