HO scale home layouts

HO scale home layouts – I do love seeing what you all get up to in your basements, bedrooms and wherever.

Starting with Rich today (whose last post is here).

“Hi Al.

I know its been a while since my last post. From time to time life gets in the way of our hobby.

Through what I have learned on your web site [ I read all your posts. ] I believe I have done well on my side cliff coloration blend.

Still working on many other areas of my lay out and loving every time I get the chance to work on it.

Thanks again Al for all your posts.

Hope you like the latest pics from my train room.

Happy Modeling

Rich from N.J.”

n scale railroad bridge

n scale layout

n scale layout

n scale rock face

Now on to Don.

He’s added the print out barn to his layout.

Course, I’m biased, but I think it looks great:

“Pic of your barn, home to my small herd of Texas Longhorns.

The rancher’s “bunk house” is behind it.

Hope you enjoy it and thanks for all of your work and time for the emails.


HO scale wooden barn

Next on to Tim for some more HO scale home layouts:

“Hello Al,

Sending some pix of a project I’ve been working on the past few weeks I want to recreate my youthful town main strip known as Ridge Avenue in the Roxborough area of Philadelphia.

I have purchased quite an inventory of HO scale buildings, and started in on one that was the mainstay of the area previously mentioned. That of course was the Roxy Theater. I bought a Walthers Rivoli Theater and went to work.

The kit was not lighting capable, so my first task was developing a scheme whereby said lighting could be accomplished. I finally got that worked out and implemented!

Pictures (attached) will show the movie house pretty near what I experienced as a kid!. 32 micro leds illuminate the marquee and the movie posters in the entryway, as well as ultra violet leds for top marquee illumination.

The weathering was accomplished by texture spray paint and cigarette ashes (poor mans pastel chalk). Hope pix will meet with your approval and considered worthy of your web site!

Cincinnati, Ohio (USA)”

HO scale home layouts theatre

HO scale home layouts cinema

HO scale home layouts roxy cinema

HO scale home layouts roxy

HO scale home layouts movie theatre

“I have used several test stands and have had issues with most of them.

I made this in an afternoon for under $20. It has no moving parts, no adjustments needed.

It is a stable platform and works on any size locomotive.

Kind Regards


locomotive test stand

locomotive test stand

loco test stand

loco test stand

locomotive test stand

Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

A big thanks to Rich, Don and Tim. A fine collection of HO scale home layouts.

That’s all for today.

Please do kee ’em coming.

And if you want to make your start, on your very own layout, the Beginner’s Guide is here.



5 Responses to HO scale home layouts

  1. Jim Vragel says:

    Love Rich’s water course. It’s one of the few I’ve see that looks even remotely real to me. I don’t know how it looks “up close and personal,” but the photo is great!

  2. Nice job on the water treatment Rich!! Looks very realistic. Makes me want to take off my shoes and wade a bit!!

  3. George Zaky says:

    Rich NJ
    Interesting and large enough layout. Nice bridges, water scenes and City buildings. Keep it up and keep us posted.
    You teased us with the barn-lets see more. Where’s the manure pile? Oh its a model-I forgot.
    Oh how you opened a memory flood gate. My Aunt worked for the NYC Roxy theater 70 yrs ago and as a kid- subway rides, the Roxy, Radio City Hall, Macys, Gimbels & more. Marvels and thrills to a young mind. Your Roxy is a hit and I would love to see it in your layout.
    Your test stand is for an American Flyer, S scale rig-So simple, so clever- building one like that right after I send this- Amazing!
    Big Al- much thanks

  4. Stephen White says:

    Good Job ! Could you please show more detail (drawings, still close ups without loco etc) for your test stand? Do the fixed ‘rails’ touch the inside of the wheel flange?
    Steve White (Sydney)

  5. Tony, Kitty Hawk NC says:

    Rich – That is going to be a great looking layout!

    Tim – thanks for the photo of the Roxy! I too, grew up in Roxborough.

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