Richard’s first layout

“Hi Al,

I’m a first time contributor to your web page.

I started this N scale layout about 3 to 4 years ago.

I am slow but steady. The layout size is 14 feet by 9 feet. I have 100 foot of 12 gauge buss wire under the layout.

Everything on the layout I have built and painted by hand. A lot of trial and error.

When I started out, I knew nothing about trains or modeling. This is my first layout.

Hope you enjoy the pics,

Rich.”

“Hi,

I ask a complicated question maybe someone can answer.

HO scale is 1:87, yet HO scale slot cars are 1:64.

This creates some “fun” when buying vehicles even in diecast.

Hotwheels are mostly 1:64 but they do have a few in 1:87.

So,can someone tell me why despite the same “HO” designation and the actual sizes differ?

If HO slot cars were 1:87,it would be easy to add a roadway into your train layout, or vice versa if HO trains were 1:64 it would make life easy for us all who model this scale.

Brad”


“Hi Al,

just a short video, showing and hearing the power on these Deltics fitted with a em2 speaker…blows your socks off as they say …

regards

Dave”



Latest ebay cheat sheet is here. Still updated every day.

That’s all for today folks.

A big thanks to Rich and Dave – and who can help Brad?

And talking of scales, we’ve had quite a run of N scale recently, but if you want to see your scale, please do keep’ em coming. Just email me.

To submit pics please don’t send more than three per mail – but send as many mails as you like.

That’s all this time folks – but don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide if you want your day dreams to appear on your table.

Best

Al

31 Responses to Richard’s first layout

  1. Gary O'Connor says:

    Dave,
    That big gap in the rails at about 2:15 to 2:19, is that for expansion or did you intentionally set it to create the ‘click-clack’ sounds? It looks a bit wide so I wonder, if it is for the ‘click-clack’, did you experiment to set that width to a good size for the effect?
    Gary from Australia.

  2. Bob Compton says:

    Richard. Good looking layout. I am impressed with the close up of the river bank. It looks real to me. Maybe I should get at my layout that I built the bench work for 30 years ago.lol

  3. Brian Sloth says:

    Rich,
    Fantastic work, Please tell us it’s really not your first!!! Just kidding, it is brilliant, and trial and error is the way to go. Even Dangerous Dave has told everyone that trial and error is often the only way to go with some things.

    But a beautiful layout, you should be very proud of it.

  4. Brad, if you want to use 1/64 scale cars, the easiest would be to migrate to S scale and gauge, which is 1/64.

  5. Art Jones says:

    Comment on Dave’s Video.
    Starting at the 1:13 point in the video, there is a big dip in the track. Is this for special effects?

  6. colin says:

    Richard If you keep going the way you are and to the standard you are you will have an outstanding layout. You are obviously taking great care with the scale of all the scenic areas and this shows. Well done cant wait for future pics.

  7. Brian Messenger says:

    Rich, if this is your first bash at modeling, you are definitely on the right track (pun intended) especially in ‘n’ Scale. Your scenery, bridges and river beds are top notch. Keep up the excellent work that you are doing.
    Dave, fantastic sound on your amazing layout. Keep the videos coming. – Brian the HOn3 guy. 🇿🇦

  8. For a first go round,it’s awesome!!

  9. Robert Brady says:

    Richard Love the train station and platforms where did you purchase? I got to get me one of those. Great layout thus far.
    Robert

  10. Robert Matteson says:

    Good looking layout, and reall good eye for scenery. Can’t wait to see more.

  11. Malcolm Hodgson says:

    The first slot cars were 4mm to the foot ie 00 and made in England to suit 00 railways. When they were exported to the states as a marketing decision it was felt that the US market would accept HO as a designator despite it still being 1:76 rather than the “foreign” 00 scale. This ploy worked and it became popular.

    The Aurora brand was so popular that Tyco wanted to get in on the show. They chose a slightly larger 1:64 which allowed larger more powerful motors to be fitted horizontally in the car and greater detail on the bodies. Despite this the idea was to continue to run on the original 3” track. So in order not to lose the marketing momentum and they stuck with the HO marketing name. Despite neither system being HO as us rail modellers know it!

    1:64 is half scale 1:32 or O gauge common to the Scalectrix system and of course the Lionel system. So I suppose the slot car HO at 1:64 is saying half-0 in car terms.

    So in short both systems hijacked the H0 designator to make it appeal to the US modeller as something they were familiar with from a name point of view only. And the 1:64 system is half of an 0 gauge.

    Mal
    (Wales)

  12. Bruce Bordelon says:

    Brad,
    In model railroad the use of gauge refers to a linear measure between the two rails. This is referenced to the measure of rails in most of world being 4′ 8-1/2″. Keep in mind that this is a linear measure.
    In other modeling, scale is referenced to a three dimension figure and therefore is a measure of volume.
    Unfortunately, these two terms are used interchangeably and are not the same measure.
    Hope this helps,
    Bruce in SC USA

  13. Bruce in SC USA says:

    Brad,
    This follows the comment by Mal.
    Gauge is a LINEAR measure for the distance between rails in relation to the Standard Gauge of 4 feet 8-1/2 inches used over half the world. O gauge is considered 1/4 inch or 1:48. HO gauge is called “Half O” but is actually 1:87
    Scale is a VOLUMETRIC measure and is a comparison to actual 3D size.
    Unfortunately, over time these two terms have become somewhat synonymous.
    Hope this helps,
    Bruce in SC USA

  14. Don Jennings says:

    It looks like you are getting ready to do a yard area on the layout. One very important thing is ==to have a tail track for the yard. A tail track will allow you to do switching or moving of cars from one track to another without using the mainline. I wish more of you would use a tail tracks for yards and industry switching areas VERY IMPORTANT. Good Luck
    donj

  15. Brad says:

    Thanks to all who answered my question.It just seems to me a good corporation would be one where they make trains and cars that are the same scale/size or however you wish to word it.Sort of like a 1 stop shopping deal.I know Mattel(Hotwheels) has produced some actual 1:87 diecasts .So now another question since I am not familiar with it. Is the Marklin(I believe) road kit(where the vehicles follow wires) in OO scale? I would assume it is and was wondering if they sell something to run on that road to where I could fit it onto vehicles of my choice.Sensors,or whatever

  16. Jim Lynch says:

    I also model in N scale. This is a great layout, even for an experienced modeler. Wonderful job.

  17. steve says:

    great job rich, keep us updated.

  18. Rich says:

    Robert, I made the train platforms from old scrap wood I had. Painted them with a gray primer. I used charcoal powder to weather and add foot traffic marks.

  19. When I stand a 1″ or 1.25″ figure next to a 1:64 sized matchbox car, I have trouble envisioning that figure actually getting into that car. Since I’m re-creating the layout of my youth (kid’s playing with), I’m not going to be concerned with exact scale. The 1:64 in human scale is 64″ or 5’4″-an average woman’s height.

  20. Allan J Jelinek says:

    Looking Good Richard. Trust me, You have talent, and trial & error is the way we all learned. I’m thinking of going “N” scale because we moved to a town house. Anyway……… Great job. Keep it up.

  21. Malcolm Hodgson says:

    I think the system that follows the buried wires is Faller. This is designed in Germany and is HO that is to say 1:87.

    Regards

    Mal
    (Wales)

  22. Rob McCrain says:

    Rich, what a fabulous layout. What great opportunities the track plan presents. Well done. Rob McCrain – Farland Howe

  23. Rod Mackay says:

    That river scene is really superb Rich, excellent work.

    Rod

  24. Rich’s layout Looks great for it being his first one! Nice job!

  25. Hey Richard,
    Great looking layout. Keep up the good work and have a whole bunch of fun with making it and operating it. Do you plan on having an operating block-signal on your layout? It would really be neat.
    From Chandler, AZ (USA)
    Gene Hildebrand
    P.S. I spent 8 years on the Western Maryland Railway as an electrician. I learned a whole lot about railroading, especially in the shop. However, I saw, in time, the RR was dying and moved on. (I was there from 1956 to 1963) (My last day there was the day John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas.).

  26. tom Chrisyopher says:

    Well Richard you can come to my house any time and help me, your a natural. I have doing these for about 4 years and I like your work. Tom in Payson AZ.

  27. OLar Maksin says:

    Rich,

    Your water is stellar. I like the fact that you have done such a nice job using “static ” water and not using a lot of waves, ripples etc. The effect is stunning.

    I stopped trying to achieve that level of detail long ago and take a slightly different tack with my modelling. 🙂

    That said I was wondering what you are using to photograph your layout. There is something about your pics, the water ones in particular, that have a very rich quality about them…

    Nicely done,
    OLar

  28. Marklin ed says:

    This a wonderful site, thanks to everyone who add to it.learned a lots of great stuff.

  29. Ian McDonald says:

    great layout,nice sound on the video. thanks for sharing.

  30. Ian McDonald says:

    great layout pictures. nice sound on the video.

  31. Thomas says:

    Hmm…
    In europe, Norway at least, O used to be 1:43,5, half an O then being 1:87, Ho.
    Seeing now that they sell O as 1:45.
    Beautiful water… looks alive!
    Thomas, Norway

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