O scale layout ideas

Got a few O scale layout ideas for you today:

“Hi Al … just wanted to add some further comments on my Dog-bone layout … it was constructed of 2 x 4 wood framing with 3/8″ plywood table top surface …

the entire surface was covered with 3/16 ‘ cork (roadbed material) and painted green …

all Gargraves track was used with 054 and 042 curves … all switches are 042 …

the layout not highly detailed but meant to give the visual illusion of detail …

refined detailing can be added but right now I am just into running the trains …

the most complete layout I have ever had and still a work in progress …

will further advise on this layout and follow up on a layout I started a few years ago but had to temporarily abandon to finish off some attic space …

Bob … German TN … USA”

o scale layout ideas

o scale layout ideas

“Hello Al,

I appreciate your emails and all the information.

Over the past 35 years I have built almost 100 of these Buildings & accessories…..about 60 in this 4 x 8 layout.

Someday I hope to do a more detailed layout.

Best Regards


o scale layout ideas

“Hi Al,

This is a small trash bin project for O scale layouts.

The first thing you need to find are the plunger caps from insulin syringes. I am insulin dependent and have an ample supply of them, too bad I am in HO scale.

Once you have the caps, paint them whatever color you want your trash bins to be.

Stuff some paper into the finished bins and top that off with scraps of stuff left over from your projects.

Put a drop or two of diluted white glue on the trash to hold it in place.


o scale layout ideas

“All some very simple images.

The partial American flag image was from the American Flag Company that was destroyed when a pipe burst right over the layout.

I scratch built the depot station building as well as the loading dock. The cars and barrels have been rusted out.



o scale layout ideas

o scale layout ideas

o scale layout ideas

o scale layout ideas

“Hi Alaster.

I’m uploading a new video, duo of U 26 C Union Pacific from your little friend.

I hope you like it and share it.



A big thanks to Dennis for his O scale layout ideas, and to George, Bob and Cassio too.

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

Don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide is here if you wan to get going on your very own layout.



PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

7 Responses to O scale layout ideas

  1. Paul says:

    To Cassio
    I like your videos. They are better than mine, you have something to take a video of.
    Check your last video, “OLD DUTCH” car coupler level. Almost a surprise it stayed together for whole video.

  2. Bob Amling says:

    John the detail on those buildings is absolutely beautiful are they kits or is that all Scratchbuilt?

    Dennis, great use of scrap material. Like you I am always looking for an idea to use some thing I have in my hand. At one point before I started my layout I think I had four
    bankers boxes of what I called raw materials I’ve since whittled down by using some and tossing l some but I’m always on the lookout for something new.

    George your scratch built building and fine detail work is great!
    Your photography is equally amazing.
    Bob in Colts Neck Crossing NJ

  3. The Squire says:

    All nicely done! Scenery, train movement, etc.!

  4. Erick says:

    Pretty Kool. !!!!!!!

  5. Wonderful work all around. Nice to see Oguage

  6. Rocco Maley from Haskell NJ says:

    I love the bridge that was built from an old Erector set. I have had plenty of them as a little boy. Learned a lot from them also. They should have more kits like that today instead of all these computer games, that as for me do nothing for the imagination.

  7. JSaunders says:

    For the O gauge modelers, I have found the tops to toothpaste tubes, painted gray or silver, make adequate trash cans. You can fill them with trash or drill out the inside and make it an empty trash can. I like the idea of the insulin tops but I’m not diabetic enough to be using that yet.

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