O scale benchwork

Bill’s been back in touch with some O scale benchwork.

I thought I’d post it because if you get the base of your layout wrong, it’s creates all sorts of problems.

(You can see Bill’s layout pics here.)

“Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year Al

My wife thinks I’m crazy but I’m starting another layout in the garage.

I’m keeping both the N Scale and HO Scale layouts and adding in an O & ON30 layout to the mix.

This layout will be portable and on castors like the others. My intention is to make this one and take to shows in the next year or two.

Retirement is two years out so I’m planning to keep model railroading a big part of my activities once I move to a different phase of life.

The pictures show some of the steps in construction of the first module which is 4’6” square.

Once done I will have three modules for this one. Overall size will be 4’6” by 14’ long. I plan to use both old and new equipment on the layout so it will be fun the build and operate.

The O Scale will be older two rail DC equipment and the ON30 equipment will be new DCC. It should be fun.

The video shows some prep and more of the construction process for the first piece. I’ll be having fun over the holidays.



O scale benchwork

O scale benchwork

O scale benchwork

bench for model railroad

bench for model railroad

bench for model train layout

plan for O scale benchwork

model railroad bench

Plan for O scale benchwork

A big thanks to Hall of Fame member, Bill, for sharing his O scale benchwork.

That’s all for today folks.

Please do keep ’em coming.

Oh, and don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide, if today is the day you start your railroad adventure.



6 Responses to O scale benchwork

  1. Mark T. Pianka says:

    Nice work bench, did you ever think of joining OGR Forum? Its for O scalers

  2. Erick says:

    Pretty Kool.!!!!!

  3. It is commendable that you made detailed drawings to do this project. I have built so many layouts that I just do it on the wing. Since the plywood sheets come in 4′ by 8′, 4′ by 4”, or 2′ by 4′ sizes, I build framework that will support those dimensions as much as possible. Since I am using Lionel or Atlas O gauge segments, I just lay out the pieces until they look right, put down roadbed sound absorbing material, do the wiring and then I am done. I have a 30′ by 16′ layout that I have modified several times as I think if new ways to reconfigure it for smoother operations.

  4. Richard H Chapple Sr says:

    As always, it is enjoyable to watch this layout progress Bill.
    Your HO and N scale layouts are wonderful show layouts.
    Beautiful framework!
    Will you have some way to overcome uneven floors at shows?
    Thank you for keeping us in the loop with your model railroad activities.
    Dick (little r) Hardin Mt USA

  5. Sting says:

    Appreciate the effort.

  6. Bob Bumble says:

    For the price of wood you’ll get stung.

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