Well you all know how important starting your train layout is, and that’s exactly what Paul’s done:
“Hi Al im kinda new to your site and a complete novice at building a model railway layout.
I had to go with Marklin Z gauge due to space constraints. I’m going with a 30″ x 72″ board of which there will be two so 60″ x 72″ when side by side.
Im going to make a kind of coffee table to house them with one of the boards sliding out from under the other and raising up to join though i haven’t got that far yet.
I’ve just sorted the main board and built up start of scenery with 25mm foam built tunnel and some raised track which has 2 outer loops and an inner loop all connected with points.
I ran a train round for the first time last night to make sure everything fits and it did yay lol
I’ve attached some pics hope you like my efforts
And now on to John:
“I have been at this 20×16 layout for almost a year now and i think i finally got the first layer done.
I dont have a “plan” i just know what i want in my head.
My first layout was 4×8 and i realized that for HO this was way to small for everything i wanted and to incorporate the things my dad and i wanted to add to his layout when i was a tadpole.
2 mains lines merge to 1 in the what will be the country, a few sides and a lil train watching and switching, has a bit of everything i guess.
I am from Baraboo WI so the Barnum and bailey circus is in my veins and as a little kid, every day i seen the circus train.
One town over North Freedom has a RR museum and you can ride the old steams, in my mind how can you not love trains lol.
After double the size of my old layout this one seems small too, just never enough room for my imagination.
And Lastly on to Wayne, who has been doing as much as he can before he goes on his road trip:
“Sorry Alastair, this is as far I got with the plaster. I just wore out doing this much. I guess the rest will have to wait until I come home in Aug.
I placed the barn, house, and my big tree so you could kind of see what it will look like later on.
Keep up the good work with the postings, I will keep following it on my trip.
The old biker Wayne.”
A big thanks to Wayne, John, and Paul.
I do enjoy seeing a layout come to life. There’s something satisfying in seeing the choas of building, and then the calm of the finished article.
(I know, they are never really ‘finished’.)
That’s all for today, folks.
Please do keep ’em coming.
And if you want to make your start, on your very own layout, the Beginner’s Guide is here.
Or if you just want to read one of the most populat posts on the blog about starting a model railraod, here it is: