Ray talks us through his layout

“Al,

First of all, I would like to thank everyone for the many positive comments I received on my layout. They are greatly appreciated. I will attempt to answer some of the questions I have received.

The turntable is a KATO and was very easy to instal and run. It is an awesome piece. My entire track is KATO N scale unitrack. I do not have the patience or the talent to lay the older type track that I had when I was a child.

Many have asked for a track plan. To be honest, I used two different plans and modified them to fit my layout. My layout started with a 4 x 8 piece of ply wood (see initial track plan attached) and as I filled that up i just kept adding on. The second phase was a 3 x 6 extension (see large addition track plan), and I just modified them and kept adding tables and track to it as an idea came to me. I believe I have 7 more smaller additions that were added over the year and a half that I have been working on it.

The layout is run on two separate KATO transformers (two separate tracks that do not connect) and it is a DC layout. I did add a KATO sound box to add sound to the layout.

I found the laser cut station on line. I just googled Worcester Union Station model in N scale. I am not sure if they offer it in HO.

I have added pictures which display the evolution of my lay out. They are in order.

Thanks again for the interest in my layout.

Best,

Ray”

Initial layout idea

initial layout idea

Layout 1

layout 2

First large addition

first large addition idea

layout 3 (first addition)

layout 4

layout 5 (second addition)

layout 6

layout 7 (third  addition)

layout 8

layout 9 (fourth addtion)

layout 10 (fifth addition)

layout 12 (final to date)


And now, more from Dangerous Dave. He’s been playing with his train cam:

“Hi Al ,not a lot happening on my layout of late, with summer arriving, busy in the garden and still struggling with the knee, but just to show still active… a run around the layout.

Regards

Dave”



A huge thank you to Dave and Ray.

What I loved about Ray’s layout narrative is it shows how you can easily expand your layout with a little thought.

So don’t be afraid of starting small. The key is to start…

Best

Al

PS Ebay cheat sheet still going strong.

29 responses to “Ray talks us through his layout”

  1. Bob says:

    VERY VERY WELL DONE……

  2. Ralph Barker says:

    loved the vid ,loved all the little details you have put in ,might start working on my out side “G” scale lay out again ,Thanks for the kick

  3. EARL.E.SYMONDS says:

    As an “HO”: modeller I was impressed with “:N ” gauge, I experimented with “N” gauge and found that it has many good qualities that were unknown to m,.one being room required.
    Thank you for sharing.

  4. Mike Potts, Hull UK says:

    Excellent Dave..

  5. Appookta says:

    Oh, Dave! WOW!! Thanks for the ride!
    Appookta

  6. Fernando Serra says:

    Thank you Dave your layout is such a delight to watch and “loose” oneself in! An inspiration to so many of us! I never tire of watching it!

    Fernando Serra

  7. Bob Tucker says:

    Loved Ray’s layout. Very Nice!! I was curious to know if your base was plywood only, or if you had insulation on it as well. Couldn’t tell from the pics. Also did you use pieces of plywood like jigsaw pieces for base instead of one solid piece of plywood? Thanks and keep up the good work. (I’m just finishing my benchwork and ready for the top.
    Bob

  8. Lynn Taubeneck says:

    Wonderful layout(s). I love N but it is too small for my 60+ year old hands. Ray you do such nice work it is an inspiration to the rest of us. Dave, you blew right by the WHISTLE sign and didn’t blow the whistle, I am afraid I am going to have to collect your drivers license. LOL I love your track work Dave and I only noticed one little rough spot after the points early in the video so I believe you got that completely right.

  9. Colin Johnstone says:

    Brill layout Dave, watched it evolve. can you say where you got the cam-wagon from or did you build from scratch?

  10. Jack says:

    Hi Dave, That was an amazing experience! Felt as if i was in the loco’s driving seat.
    Regards Jack

  11. Ed Clark says:

    Kudos to a fellow N Scaler. I found that the ability to have a complicated layout in a normal sized space appealed the most to me when selecting between HO. Making scenery is much harder but I am more of a train guy. Good work. I used EZ Track so I can one day reassemble it all in a different layout.

  12. Nathan says:

    Thank you Ray, for sharing your photographs of your layout I have an attic and I was wondering what I was going to do up there but you’ve given me some really good ideas.

    Thank you Dave, for your video being in TV and video production business for over 25 years I can appreciate the time and effort that it takes to put a video together, your camera mounted on the car is really super I was very impressed how your video came together it’s nice and quiet smooth easy to watch so keep up the good work. Nathan on Maui

  13. Lawrence Keesler says:

    Dave: thanks for a great ride! Impressive, and a lot of fun.

    Ray: thanks again for the inspiration you provide. Your example lends a lot of encouragement to those of us just getting started.

  14. Peter Jones says:

    Dave your layout as we all know is fantastic to look at from above but WOW it looks stunningly brilliant from this drivers eye view so much more of the track side details jump out at you, it was fabulous to see the Mallard LNER express thunder past. Nice to see you in front of the camera for once but much prefer Mr Ginger Bread Man ha ha. Thank you for another majestic video. Peter “The Mackem” in Sunderland.

  15. Peter Jones says:

    A great talk through Ray of your brilliant layout, thanks for showing and telling us all about it. Peter “The Mackem” in Sunderland

  16. Bill Bowers says:

    Ray & Dave, very nice train lay outs, you have given me lots of ideas. Just finished my train platform errection. Starting the track layout tomorrow, the layout is for “0” gauge. Again, thank you for the many, many ideas.
    Bumper

  17. Larry Johnson says:

    Just a beautiful and BIG layout. Being a Yankee, all the Brit locos and, wagons, as they are called over the pond, and the great English scenery just fascinates me. Very nicely done video. My layout is small because my wife wanted to use most of the house for, well, house.

  18. Thomas Meleck says:

    One of your best, Dave. Thanks.

  19. Ian Mc Donald says:

    the photos are great love the craftmanship.has given me plenty of ideas the track plans very good. that video Dave i reckon is the best yet right down on the track very nice especially when other trains go by. photos of the garden, is it as good as your train layout.

  20. paul Otway says:

    great layouts

  21. Bill Andritsch says:

    What a great video! The only way you could make it better is if you could edit out your ceiling and replace it with sky.

  22. Bernard Mulholland says:

    That was sensational Dave. Well done on all your hard work. Thanks for sharing it with us. Boy, do I have some work to do. Regards Bernard from Oz

  23. If there’s a world competition for championship model railroading, Dave should certainly be in the running for the first place trophy!!! KUDOS!!!

  24. Richard A Sommery-Gade says:

    It’s obvious that Dave has way too much time on his hands and thank God for that. The camera work is ingenious and really gives a unique viewpoint I have never seen, then add the camera work and sound woah over the top. Mahalo and Aloha Dave.

  25. Joe R Gray says:

    What a great video.. I have learned so much from these…

  26. Darrell Smith says:

    Absolutely Superb Dave ! Keep the videos coming. I have learned a lot from your efforts. Truly incredible.
    Darrell

  27. todd says:

    Very good n scale layout. I am officialy impressed. Hope i can do as well on my layout and thanx for sharing. This gives me a slew of great ideas for my own 4×9 layout. Great work Ray!
    I really enjoyed the video great filmmaking Dave.

  28. Rod Mackay says:

    Not a lot of signals on that railway Dave, some where you wouldn’t expect them and sometimes none where you certainly would. there are some very good books out there, you might ask your library for “Two centureis of railway signalling” by Kitchenside and Williams. Give you a whole new project for the winter!
    Rod

  29. i love it…gave me a lot of great ideas on how to set up my trains. i only have one set so far, nj transit passenger trains for my christmas village, but planning on get a freight set soon. my village is rather large so i can’t have too many trains, but i think freight & passenger is good. both my brother & ex-husband worked for erie lackawanna which changed to conrail & then nj transit. so i got the trains in their honor. they r both deceased. thank u so much for putting ur layouts on here to help others on how to set up a railroad.

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