More wonderful train layouts

John has kindly sent in more pics of his layout from yesterday:

“Dear Mr. Lee,

Thank you again for your site.

Every time I look I get new ideas…

The embedded links to previous pages are very helpful.

One thing the links help with most is to inspire new ideas by combining the ideas of others.
Just for fun, here are five pictures of my “Little Walkley” layout and its On30 companion “Sandy Flats”.
I have also included the track plans for both

These are two separate layouts. To save space, they are usually stacked one above the other.
I am currently working on an idea to be able to hang them on the wall (so I can start a new layout1).
Hopefully this can inspire other modelers to realize that one can have a lot of fun even when there is not a lot of space.

We do not have exhibitions here in the States like you have in the UK. I used to display these and others at a local hobby shop where several modelers would meet on the last Saturday of each month to show off their latest projects for constructive criticism and to get new ideas.

Be blessed and may this find you in the best of health.

John”

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And Alan has been back in touch – his last post is here:

“Hi Al,

More or less finished my 009 shelf layout now, it started with no scenery, as it was only to do a bit of shunting in the warmth of the house during the winter.

But I can’t help myself, I like building things from bits and bobs so gradually its morphed into a fully scenic layout.

My South Wales layout in the garage has been put on the back burner for a while but it still works fine.

Hope all is well your end, as you say ‘keep em coming’

Alan”

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“Railway layout accommodation has always been a bone of contention for enthusiasts. I have devised a simple pulley system so that a layout can be stored away when not in use.

My platform is about 9 and 1/2 feet long by 4 feet wide (290cm x 120cm).

On each corner of the layout I have secured 2 single pulleys (you can use a double).

To the ceiling joist, over each corner, I have attached a double pulley.

Each corner has its own rope and pulley system.

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Here is the board raised to the ceiling of my garage.

The blue rope and clips are a safety feature, preventing the board falling if the pulleys fail. This is important as my car is stored underneath!

2

The white rope is first attached securely to the ceiling. It is then passed down to the first pulley on the board.

It then travels back to the double ceiling pulley.

Around the double pulley and back down to the second single pulley on the board.

Back up again to the double pulley.

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From the double pulley at the top, it goes to a pulley that changes the direction through 90 degrees.

It travels to a double pulley where it drops down from the ceiling (where all four ropes can be pulled).

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All four ropes, from each corner, are pulled together to raise or lower the board.

David”

A huge thanks to David – lack of space stops a lot of folk from rolling up their sleeves and getting stuck in, which is a great shame.

Of course, I’m biased, but the site really is an Aladdin’s cave of layout tips now – and it’s all thanks to you lot. Please do keep ’em coming.

And don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide. It’s got the Hall of Fame’s stamp of approval, and without, this site wouldn’t exist.

That’s all this time folks.

Best

Al

PS If you’re looking for the very latest ebay cheat sheet, it’s here.

13 Responses to More wonderful train layouts

  1. Richard Sommery-Gade says:

    Great realization of something that has been tickling my mind for quite a while.

  2. Eric says:

    Hi there

    Three great ideas for those with little space for our favourite hobby. It just goes to show how innovative railway/ railroad modellers are when it comes to how to build a layout with no space at all.
    Al you do a great job of showing us others hints’ tips and layouts, keep up the good work it is appreciated.

    Eric (Leeds) UK

  3. CHARLES J. CHANDLER says:

    I have an HO layout on cables hanging from m 2 1/2 car garage. It is a large “U” shape that measures 19 ft L X 14 ft W attached to 12 cables coming down from above and all attached to 1 cable witch goes thru a block & tackle system then to a heavy duty elecric winch mounted to the back wall. Probably close to 3 scale miles of multi level track.

  4. Jonathan Felgenhauer says:

    I love the layouts but isn’t the last one a lego train set? from the wat the track is it looks like it.

  5. Barry Pearlman says:

    Perhaps layout critics should be required to post a picture of their layouts before referring asking if a layout is made from Legos! It should also be required that the critic post his/her name.

    Barry
    Chesterfield, MO USA

  6. Mike Pettruzzelli says:

    Hi to John….We do have exhibitions here in the States…Many…Many of them…Look up NMRA and go to the schedules sections….You will be amazed at how many…And Big…Some of them are…Mike

  7. Jim Holt says:

    The important thing about any scale layout is a very simple fact that a person took the time to draw a plan, follow the plan and share the end result with others of the same mind set. We don’t all share the same skill sets, like the same scale, type of trains run on our fantasy railroads – but in my sixty plus years I have failed to meet any real rude nasty small brained big mouthed Neanderthal jerks in person like those who have the nerve to demean someone else’s efforts, must be very brave to not use a name or an address. Bravo to you Sir Jakoff.

  8. paul Otway says:

    It looks good.

  9. Bernard Schainholtz -Still Plays says:

    Here in the States Harbor Freight tools has a bicycle lift for7 bucks. Two of them might hold a layout in the garage if its not too heavy. I am going to check them out. Bernie

  10. Peter Macdonald says:

    Nice work. Just a word of warning regarding your storage system as I have seen it done before.
    It will get very dusty and potentially attract a lot more spiders etc.

  11. Stephen says:

    I am truly amazed at what you have accomplished in a small space, the details and scenery is fantastic. KUDOS to all! Great work.

  12. Jim Holt says:

    I saw one layout while living in Las Vegas, Nevada USA, hung from the ceiling, what that gentlemen did to hamper the dust problem was to construct a box hanging from the ceiling, the layout was raised up to the box that had weatherstripping on the bottom edge that meet the outside edge of the layout as it was raised, he had two boards (2×3) that acted as additional support and locked in place with a hasp and padlock for security for his layout and running gear from his grandchildren, stubborn little beggars.

  13. David Murray says:

    It is an established fact that quite a few model railway layouts have been built in close quarters. I’ve heard of men in the Forces (including a submarine) making them. I’m especially lucky in having an unused attic bedroom in my cottage giving me a space of 25 X 15 feet. However, if the time comes when I have to go into an old peoples home, I’ve got a layout ready to take with me. It’s just a piece of wood 50″ X 15″ with a single track emerging from a tunnel. A station and platform with buffer stop. But the reason for this is because I’ve become keen on the amazing work of George Iliffe Stokes. I’ve managed to get hold of a copy of his book ‘Buildings in Miniature’ and a copy of Model Railway Journal issue 13 from 1987. This contains a 17 page tribute to George and Doris Stokes and contains many, previously unseen photographs. So, my ‘liitle project’ is a platform (excuse the pun) to enable me to attempt to copy some of Georges buildings.

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