Steve’s first HO layout

“Al,

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU…….

I can not remember how I came across you, and all the wonderful people who model and take their time to post pictures.

Lets see, I started this all by dating a girl who had a young boy. It was about a month and 1/2 before Xmas. I thought to myself, when I was his age, I loved my Lionel/ Tyco train sets. So I went out and bought him a set.

Turn’s out the relationship went south, forgot about the set until I bought my house. In my backyard is a big shed, and that is where it all started years ago. I live in S Cal.

My Mother is a Brit. So I love to see all the European lay outs its just the best. You taking all of your time is THE BEST!! Thanks Again!

I really do thank you because I do get a lot of information from all the major modeler’s (DAVE) And all the rest. Just blow’s me away how great they are!

So here are a couple shot’s of my work still in progress. Its just a layout I did not try and model anything. This is my 1st layout. I am sure it will change.

I run HO and 6 Trains. I will try and post more Pic’s in the future.

Thank You again…. Al

Steve”

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What I loved about Steve’s story is how he started. So many folk just ‘fall’ in to making a layout through one reason or another – and that’s fine by me.

But most of all – it’s all about just getting started.

Hate to bore you, but if you’re still sitting on the side lines, this will get you started, just like Steve.

Please do keep ’em coming.

And don’t forget the ebay cheat sheet. Latest one is here.

Best

Al

20 responses to “Steve’s first HO layout”

  1. Hbar says:

    Looks very fresh and we’ll done.

  2. Brian Heap says:

    Thats really nice. Wow, what a shed. How big is the layout? Most of us would kill for your shed alone. Very nice Steve.

  3. david howarth says:

    Looks like you built yourself a nice layout there Steve , look forward to seeing more of it …Dave (Dangerous Dave )

  4. Dave DeCarlo says:

    First layout? We’re glad to have you. From what we see you are already advanced. Keep up the great work, we’re looking for more.

  5. Bob Cassidy says:

    Hi Al
    i am just started a large HO railroad. It is in a room over a garage. The railroad will be on the outside wall of a room that is 36×20 feet in size. i expect it will be years before it is even close to being complete. There are no pictures at this time.
    Best Regards
    Bob Cassidy

  6. Herman says:

    Nice to see some HO scale layouts – Would be really great if you can sometime post more pics to show off the actual full layout !

  7. Richard Wilson says:

    Great looking layout and would kill for a shed like that it looks enormous.

    Rick

  8. Ray says:

    Very nice layout, Steve. Looking for the next addition and maybe a video

  9. Peter Jones says:

    For your first layout Steve you have done a great job, very well done. Peter “The Mackem” in Sunderland, England

  10. paul Otway says:

    Nice Layout, Steve, shame the relationship went sore. Plenty of nice girls around.

  11. Arnie Steiner says:

    Nice job Steve. Finding a reason and taking the first step is all you need to start your journey into model railroading. Now that you’ve gotten your great beginnings and a wonderful layout is evolving, keep on going. You’ll find that a layout lives for years and additions, changes, enhancements, etc. are part to the process. So enjoy all of it.
    By the way, I see you’ve discovered photo backdrops from Dusquene Lithograph marketed as Realistic Backgrounds. Nicely incorporated with your lower relief building flats.

    Arnie

  12. MArk says:

    It looks great. I’m into Santa Fe as well. That was all I saw as a kid growing up in Texas.

  13. For your first lay out, you did a great job. I enjoyed all that I saw. Keep up the good work. Good health to you.

  14. Ron says:

    Love your posts. Just bought your book offer and am looking forward to reading it. Wondered if Steve could post something showing his entire layout so I could get an overall feeling for it. A drawing of the layout would even work.

  15. Mike RICHARDSON says:

    Steve, what a super layout. It is hard to believe this is your first layout. You did a great job of designing and building it.

  16. Jim says:

    Nice. You’re off to a great start. And yeah, would love to have that space for running long trains.

    Jim AZ

  17. Billy Mills says:

    Not long ago some one suggested using the ridged area of metal cans as corrugated metal.

    My question is: How does one get the curve/bend/ out of the metal?

    Any ideas out there?

  18. Mike Foster says:

    Steve, your Mum would have been proud if you had model Brit Rail, preferable Southern 🙂
    What you done is fantastic, brilliant. I am just in the final planning stage and hope to start framing in April, I did P4 back in the 70’s but not touched it since we moved some 30yrs ago, now retired its my time. If anyone has tips on wiring led (3v) never had them in the 70’s look a lot of fun.

  19. Daniel Hamilos says:

    Very nice layout. Clean and colorful. The background photos on the wall add a lot. I look forward to seeing more.

  20. Lester Cramer says:

    very cool nice set up’ any one interested in buying some HO train stuff Have 4×8 set up and everything else. Over 2000$ invested Asking 1100$ Will deliver within 50 miles of my home.

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