Richard’s 4 x 8 layout

“Good Day Alastair,

I had a few moments so I dug out the newest pictures for you. I am retired, 74, living in New Mexico since I retired and have built model railroads and stick and tissue airplanes since early childhood.

The layout itself is a 4 X 8 and a composite of two 4 X 8 layouts featured in Model Railroader. It is now virtually complete except for all vehicles, horses and wagons which are downloaded from the internet, resized and rendered in 3D on sheets of paper for now. I will replace them as time allows.

Eventually I will extend the layout to include another town, yard and industries.

I hope you enjoy the pictures as much as I have enjoyed your column.

Regards,

Richard”

Aerial View

Central City Station

Central City

Dos Hermanos

Four Corners Coal Mine

Main Yard

North Ridge Trestle

Whatta Mine and Aerial View

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Main yard

Panel Front View

Worktrain


“Hi Al, found this photo and commentary from 2 years back. Thought that you and the others may enjoy it.

Dawn is breaking and locomotives are being readied for the days work ahead. Everything is running smoothly at present and the crew have all had their coffee and ready to go.
Have to pick up empty log cars in the yard and head off up to the forrest to have them loaded and then taken to the sawmill.

Brian”

brian_engine_shed

A big thanks to Richard for the pics and narrative. And of course, the same for Brian. (I love his stuff, and you can see more of it in the Hall of Fame).

That’s all this time folks. Please do keep ’em coming, it’s all getting a bit thin on the ground this end.

Don’t forget, if you’re still mulling over how to start your layout, or you’re scratching your head over the one you’ve started, the Beginner’s Guide is here.

Best

Al

PS Looking for the latest ebay cheat sheet? It’s here.

41 responses to “Richard’s 4 x 8 layout”

  1. Bill says:

    I any just starting to build a 4 x 6 layout. richard’s layout looks great – is there any chance of having a track plan which i could adjust to fit my smaller board?

  2. John says:

    Great detailing on 8×4 Richard well done fella

  3. Don says:

    Richard you sure have captured the New Mexico landscape beautifully. Only been there once but it left an indelible impression. And thanks so much for showing us your control panel. We can always learn from how others have achieved a result.

    Thanks a lot… Don from Oz

  4. Michael Brookman says:

    Inspiring layout, great pic of engine house! Thanks for sharing these!

  5. Is this S gauge track or other?
    Thanks.
    Irv Blatt.

  6. Roy Cox says:

    A well thought out layout…….very beautiful and inspiring. Make me want to start mine over.

  7. Mark Piznik says:

    Beautiful scenery! Thanks for sharing. NJ Mark

  8. Irvin Terrell says:

    Great layout….Great attention to detail.

  9. David Hedlund says:

    I have “Z” gauge and I am thinking of a layout that will be over all it will be
    12′ X 8′. One 4′ X 8′ at each end and a 4′ X 4′ in the middle.

  10. Chuck Bartunek says:

    Beautiful , well thought out with excellent scenery .

  11. Ray says:

    Absolutely beautiful rendition of the Old West. Not many can picture that any more. Thank you so much and please keep them coming. Ray in MS.

  12. Mike Rounds says:

    Richard looks great and well detailed! You got the lay of the land, as I live just west of El Paso.

  13. daniel barker says:

    Enjoyed looking at your layout. I am 79 and spent the 1950’s in Air Force in New Mexico. Also hobby in stick & tissue, but now fly electric RC.
    My MARKLIN sits in the closet and may not become another layout. Dan

  14. Kevin says:

    WOW! Now that is detail. I love the desert look. so real.

  15. Ken Goldenberg says:

    What a fantastic layout! A lot going on in a small space. Is is HO or N?

  16. Gerald says:

    Richard, that is one of the most impressive layouts I’ve seen. Looks very authentic. Great old New Mexico look.
    Jerry, in Northern California

  17. Richard says:

    Sorry guys. I neglected to state the gauge. It is HO. Thanks for all the kind comments. The engine house is not mine. The track plan is a combination of the “REID GAP” from, I believe, the February 2002 Model Railroader and is available in their Track Plan Database. The balance is from a Model Railroader book “Building an HO Layout With Personality”.

  18. Glenn A Badcock says:

    Just got to say Alistair you have a great website full of great ideas. Looking at Richards layout and wow it is great. I am 57 and just getting back into the model train layouts. Years ago I had one setup in my Parents basement but now I have my own home and the front 1/3 of my basement I dedicated to my trains. One day when I get a chance I well send you some pictures of my layout. But right now I have to work to pay for my hobby. I hope to continue It when I retire. Thanks again a Friend into trains. Glenn A. Badcock

  19. christine says:

    Very nice work. Love it.

  20. Dana says:

    Richard, I notice you have one of the Bachman DCC units on your control panel, I’m curious, how do you like that unit? I’m looking into DCC for my layout and have been hoping to find out some first-hand experience with operations. I’m modeling N-scale, and heard some horror stories about burning out DC locomotives when using the number 10 position, which I’m thinking I won’t do, but, I’d like to hear your impressions.

  21. Joe blanchard says:

    I really like that track plan. I’m new to the modeling hobby and wonder if it’s possible to copy the track plan from a book or Richard I especially like the wood Trestle Bridge

  22. J.P. Kuchar says:

    Nicely done.

  23. Don says:

    It looks great and well organised. Gave me some ideals for my next layout in the future. Thanks for showing and would like to see some Video if possible.

  24. dick johnson says:

    super good job. love the trains and the layouts.
    dick

  25. richard says:

    I have had a problem with a few motors on position 10. At the present I have converted ALL locomotives to DCC and I have had no problems. Some locomotives are more than 50 years old and still work well.

    All the rolling stock is built from old MDC(Roundhouse) kits, Central Valley or La Belle kits or scratchbuilt. All the structures are scratchbuilt from wood with only SOME of the windows and doors purchased.

  26. j watters says:

    very good love it

  27. great stuff
    the curved trestle is fantastic
    excellent detail
    keep working on it
    keep em runnin fellas
    stjohn from long beach calif

  28. David Steuerwald says:

    Richard very impressive. Planning a 4×8 HO layout and your comments will surely help me figure out a layout. So far I’ve only got as far as freeing up space.
    Al your site has definately been an inspiration to keep plugging away.

  29. Ian Mc Donald says:

    great work. love the detail.

  30. Ray Suckling says:

    Great layout Richard, I am looking at building a 4 x 8 layout myself and was wondering if you could post a track plan as I am looking for ideas and I do like your overall layout.
    Ray AU…….

  31. John Reynolds says:

    That is an amazing layout in a very reasonable space.. The American Southwest is well represented. The pictures are wonderful… Breathtaking!
    John

  32. Kenton says:

    Great job!

  33. tonyg says:

    The detail of the engine house is great if you did not know it was a model you would think it was real.

  34. David Murray says:

    It’s obvious that a lot of work has gone into this 4 X 8 board which is a nice size for average-size dwellings. The scenery (always a challenge to ‘get right’) is superb and it has been a pleasure viewing it.

  35. William Schneider says:

    Great! I am thinking of getting back into model railroading and I love your layout. I don’t have a lot of room, nor the desire to keep up the maintanence of a large layout. 4×8 would be great.

  36. Rene Vanderneut says:

    I can not believe the amt. of detail you managed to put on a 4×8 sheet of wood. Well done richard.

  37. chuck seigel of zachary ,louisiana says:

    wonderful and very time giving layout worth the satisfaction of self .thanks for sharing a wonderful model with all .shows how big you get in little .thanks again chuck in Louisiana .

  38. Thomas Murphy says:

    It’s so pleasing to view an impressive layout as this, built in a smaller space with appreciable detail. Congratulations Richard, very clever.
    Tom from Maryland

  39. Fran Odyniec says:

    I very much like your utilization of space, especially the “above level ground” elevations. They really have me thinking.

  40. Jim says:

    great looking scenery. love the rock face colors. what coloring technic did you use? what colors did you use to achieve such realism?

  41. Ken Stramel says:

    Looks so real. Great work

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