Scott’s model railroad track plan

Scott’s been in touch again (his last post is here).

He’s been kind enough to send in a track plan, and a video of his layout in its early days.

I thought it worth posting, because it just goes to show it’s all about making a start:

“Alastair. Some of the comments asked to see track plans. Here are some early days on the layout without scenery.


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“I have something to show everyone: my ballast Despenser. An 0-4-0 loco hauls the wagon and ballast falls out the bottom on to track.

How to build:

Drill along the under side of the wagon so you have a long narrow hole from side to side.

Then add ramps so ballast goes out the hole. Couple to your loco, fill with ballast then go!

Yours truthfully:


A huge thanks to Iwan and Scott.

Still love seeing your pics and tips after all these years. Please, please do keep ’em coming. Just email them in to me.

That’s all for today folks.

And don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide if you want to get going, just like Scott did.



17 Responses to Scott’s model railroad track plan

  1. Eugene says:

    Hi Iwan
    My name is Eugene your trains is it N Scale or OH !

  2. Earl Jones says:

    Clever way to spread ballast, Scott. What did you use to make the elevated track supports?

  3. The early pictures are helpful, but really are not a “plan”. For example it is very difficult to determine if there are reversing loops (I do not think so) or where tracks match up from the two different perspectives…

  4. Chuck Bartunek says:

    Thank you for posting .

  5. Joe says:

    Hello Scott
    what is the size of this layout its awesome

  6. christine says:

    People show video of their layout, and they don’t any trains running, it’s video, show the trains running.

  7. Robert Rolfe says:

    I think the video was to be showing the track plan, I think it was better than a lot of still pictures even if it did not show size, parts used, track size or whatever.

  8. Richard Standing says:

    The only snag I can see with the plan is a train can cross from the inner circuits to the outer, but not back again!

  9. Phil says:

    Can you please tell me the board size by feet, thanks Phil

  10. Hi Scott, you really have a great layout. Would you please share the dimensions?

    Is it a 4×8 with a 4×6 ext or leg?

  11. Betty Dixon says:

    Hi Scott, Well Done You On Your Model HO Train Layout ! I Like The Track Plan & Also The inline with the Gradient is Well Executed Along With The Bridges !

    Thanks Too You Scott For Giving Me Some Good Knowledge in Regards Too Me
    Finally I Can Start On My Own incline with a Good Gradient !

    Kind Regards Betty

  12. Phil Siciliano says:

    Hi Scott, I was wondering is it possible for you to email or mail your track layout plan. I will gladly pay you for your time and expense, Thanks Phil

  13. I tried hat approach when I was still into HO and all I got done was a real mess I had to clean up ! but if you got it to work bully for you guy !!
    That still looks like a very busy layout to keep the track clean on guy ?
    I like it when any one is willing to put in the time to build a large pike to keep things interesting , are you going to put rest of it together with mountains and a town ?
    Be well and stay safe Sir !

  14. Iwan says:

    The ballast dispencer is OO/HO scale/gauge

  15. Iwan says:

    I’m glad you think my method is a good way of spreading ballast,

  16. Iwan says:

    Fabulous layout Scott.

  17. Rocco Maley From New Jersey. says:

    Hi Scott, Cool Layout. I really would like to see some dimensions and radius’s on the layouts thats put up on the site. It is a big help, So people can judge if they have enough space to build a nice looking layout like your’s. This doesn’t only go for Scott, This goes for anyone who wants to show their layout on this website. It really helps people like me.

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