HO gauge layout – Peter’s

Peter’s been in touch with his HO gauge layout:


As promised, find some attached notes/photos

I have 2 usable layouts, both HO gauge – consisting German/Swiss/Austrian.

Both are digital sound with ESU Loksound decoders, run on Lenz controllers.

I currently purchase the blank decoders and blow the sound on using a Lok-Programmer and sound files from the vast collection from ESU.

The layouts have been constructed over the last couple of years.

The track is Peko flexi and ballast.

The bridge is home made using plastic sections.

The snow scene area looks good, but causes problems loco running.

The fir trees are home made.



HO Gauge layout

HO Gauge layout

HO Gauge layout

HO Gauge layout

HO Gauge layout

HO Gauge layout

HO Gauge layout:

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Now on to John:

“Al I have been out of contact with you for some time. I moved back to Virginia after 20 years in Florida.

I had a 6foot by 10 foot HO gauge train layout over the top of a pool table. Because of the move it had to be disassembled and only the trains and buildings survived.

I’ve attached a picture of the beginning of my new layout which is two feet wide with a four foot wide circle at rack end.


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And now on to David, who has been back in touch with an update.

He’s a man of few words this time – but the pictures speak for themselves.

And besides, for me, it’s all about making a start, which I why I post half built layouts.

“Hi Al,

Attached are some latest pics of my layout:



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A big thanks to Peter for sharing his HO gauge layout and to David too.

That’s all for today folks.

Please do keep ’em coming because I have nothing to mail now. Yikes!

And if today is the day you get started on your pride and joy made of rails, swear, tears and toil, the Beginner’s Guide is here.



PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

PPS More HO scale train layouts here if that’s your thing.

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9 Responses to HO gauge layout – Peter’s

  1. David Howarth says:

    2 great layouts john and David ..mice tosee what can be achieved

  2. Rich B. says:

    Like looks of both showings today. 1st layout expect to see “Thomas” anywheres- this is most excellent. 2nd is the perfect home layout and what all of us really wanted until bug bit lol.

    Unusual bridge structure layout 1. Had that suspension in steam-era? Still looks good. And 2 shows even a smaller layout can be museum grade.

    Regards, R

  3. Brian Olson says:

    Two great layouts to start the day!

  4. Rob McCrain says:

    Peter, I admire that you can program your decoders. Your layout is wonderful too.
    John, I like the beginnings of your new layout. It is a great use of space with good accessibility. It will be fun for you to add scenery and backdrops for your layout. Please submit again to keep us informed as to your progress.
    David, You have created an excellent compact layout. I am certain it will yield many years of satisfaction.

  5. Don says:

    awesome setups & with the passenger trains one of my, all time favorite trains

  6. Dave S says:

    Peter, amazing layout. A short video on how you make your fir trees would be great.

  7. Steve Ruple says:

    Two really nice layouts, good work.

  8. robert dale tiemann says:

    great layouts. i like the suspension bridge and the turnabout.

  9. Will in NM says:

    Peter, beautiful layout! I really like the turntable and locomotive service facility. Very impressive layout and nice to see some longer European freight cars.

    John, that looks like a great start on your new layout with lots of possibilities. Please keep us posted with more photos as it progresses.

    David, neat little layout with plenty of potential. Looks like you’ve made a great start.

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