Some stunning layouts

“Hi Al.

I really enjoy & look forward to your daily e-mails. Very informative & lots of helpful tips. I’m 68 & live in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada.

I’ve been modeling in HO scale off & on now for about 30 years and have been a railway enthusiast ever since my dad, or should I say Santa, gave me a wind-up train when I was only 3. The memory of it running with a smoking cigarette butt sticking out of it’s stack is still vivid. Keep up the great e-mails.

Jim”

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“Good morning Al,

I just got back from a nice vacation visiting my daughter and inlaws in Holland. I had lived there for a while after college and my wife is Dutch. We go there often and I am always so impressed with their Rail system. So organized, so clean, and so easy to get anywhere in the country. So of course I had to visit as many hobby shops as possible and add a couple Dutch locos to my collection. I purchased a beautiful NS “hondakop” and a NS Grey-Yellow loco and a bunch of NS passenger wagons.

I also visited the Dutch Railway Museum in Utrecht which was awesome. A must take for anyone who visits the Netherlands

I have appreciated you posting a few of my entries (photos) in the past so I figured I would try a video. This is a real amateur video entry compared to some that you post,but here are my new Dutch NS loco on my New England layout together with one of my older “switchers”.

Best,

Ray”



Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

Two fantastic layouts from Ray and James – thanks to both of them for sharing. Hope you enjoyed them as much as I did.

And if they have inspired you, grab the guide and get to work on yours today. There’s no point sitting on the side lines…

Thanks for all the nice comments on the guide and the site by the way. I really do appreciate them.

Best

Al

23 responses to “Some stunning layouts”

  1. Bob Cassidy says:

    I was noticing some sort of devices between the sections of track, what are those and what are their purpose? Great looking layouts!!

  2. David Nelson says:

    Jim,is that wooden bridge scratch built or ready made? Either way it’s very impressive regards Dave

  3. Peter Jones says:

    Thanks ray and James for showing your layouts, both jammed with detail and plenty going on which is great.
    Peter “the Macken” in Sunderland, England

  4. Chuck Bartunek says:

    Two very impressive layouts.

  5. david vulgar says:

    nice name for the cement company i am sure jimmy would love it

  6. Paul B. says:

    Super layouts. Jim, I never thought of putting a burning cigarette butt into a smoke stack before. That is so funny. I’m glad we have all found other ways. 🙂 Thanks for posting.

  7. John Meehan says:

    Hup Holland! I lived in Amsterdam for four years and brought back N and HO Nederland Spoor Trains and run them with my other US Trains. Love ’em. The layout still were also wonderful. I just ripped up my N gauge track because of hard to find shorts and am redoing it with Peco track and a much simpler electro optic design. Thanks for motivating me to get back downstairs and back to work on fixing my layout!

  8. ken says:

    loved the detailed photos and there is nothing wrong with the video ether as I can see at this end but I do not look for fuck ups as long as the locos and cars run smoothly who cares lol
    after all aint that’s what its all for is showing it off lol

  9. Mike Pace says:

    Most impressive video and layouts, I enjoy seeing them !!! Thank you. Mike

  10. david says:

    Both layouts look superb.

  11. bob says:

    sizes would be nice to have. track plans would be even nicer

  12. John wisnieski says:

    HOFFA CEMENT THAT’S COOL!

  13. John W Kauffman says:

    I am looking for H.O. Track plans that would fit on a 4x8x4 L shaped layout.

  14. Ralphie says:

    I love Jim’s Concrete Plant entitled “HOFFA CEMENT.” I was wondering if Jimmy is buried around there – lol

  15. Richard Sappelli says:

    Ray a really wonderful layout. But if you would have only one train going and then follow that one train around its route we would be able to get a better feel for the whole thing. Then follow the second train on its route and when done all would see the whole layout and get a better understanding of your efforts. Still a wonderful job.
    thanks ,
    RJ

  16. Marty says:

    The 2:59 comment could have left out the four letter word! Great pictures and video!!!

  17. Ian McDonald says:

    great pictures like the bridge plenty of caring when building that. impressed with the scenery detail. nice video good to see trains moving. good to see large layout plenty of things to do.

  18. Neil Brand says:

    I strongly agree that the four letter word used by 2:59 was totally uncalled for and just shows his or hers ignorance of the English language.

  19. Rod Mackay says:

    “his or hers ignorance of the English language.”

    Oh lovely, couldn’t make it up.
    Rod 🙂

  20. Gene "Hat" Hatfield says:

    May I brow “HOFFA CEMENT” for a cement plant I I have in the planning stage? Great layout. Thanks for letting us see it.

  21. Jim MacLean says:

    In response to the curved wooden trestle on my layout: I scratch-built it upside down on my work table with 3/16″ x 3/16″ strips of pine sawed with a bandsaw. It took approx. 500 pieces of various lengths to assemble & with a 36″ section of flex-track, it was placed on the layout & the mountain & gulch was then fitted around the trestle. My layout is HO in a 12’x14′ room. Thanks for your interest. Jim.

  22. pete freestone says:

    like the HOFFA CEMENT plant

  23. Brian Moretti says:

    do you have a track plan of the HO layout , would like to see an over view of it looks very nice most of the pics are track level and cant see much of where the trains come from and go send the pics to my e mail thanks but its a very detailed spread and very thought out which I like to see ….

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