Tony’s HO scale model train layout with racing track

“Hi Alastair,

The task was how to integrate my love of model railways and the grand kids desire to race their model cars around a race track.

Main board is 8’x4’ then extended across window into goods yard and made a loop back to main side.

Please see finished project which has us all happy now!

Love your posts and ideas from members!

Kind regards

Tony from Stockport”

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HO model train with racing cars

“Hi Al

I just moved into the 21 century with this new O gauge Lionel Jersey Central Lionchief Plus steam engine.

I have been watching your many videos show the new trains and finally decided my time had come.

I must say it brought my layout to a new level and I wanted to share it with everyone. Keep up the good work.

Steve from Toms River.”



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Loved Steve’s new vid – his last post is here by the way.

A huge thanks to Steve and Tony.

I just loved the idea of a layout combined with a car race track.

Just goes to show, I never know what’s going to pop up in my inbox, and that’s probably why I enjoy doing this so much.

That’s all for today folks.

Please don’t forget the Model train Beginner’s Guide, where there is year and years of collective wisdom, so you don’t have to find out stuff the hard way.

Course, I’m biased, but if you want to create a layout it’ll point you in the right direction and save you hours and hours of utter frustration.

Keep ’em coming.

Best

Al

24 Responses to Tony’s HO scale model train layout with racing track

  1. Phil, Tamworth says:

    Question Tony. I used to live in Stockport, when I saw your layout pics with the viaduct and the straight section of road race track, does it look like Wellington Road in the early morning when the grandkids race? It is a very good layout, so realistic, more realistic if an old Ford Fiesta like mine was on the race track…..

  2. Richard says:

    I have an question for you how does the racing track compare scale size with that of the ho scale model railway is there that much of a size difference

  3. Robert Brady says:

    Pretty darn Cool

  4. Richard Standing says:

    Love the Red Arrow and the Air Ambulance! 🙂

    I’ve sometimes thought the old railway line through Monte Carlo would make an interesting layout, with working Formula One circuit!

    (Or maybe a model of the Liongotto yards at Turin with cars going round the roof of the FIAT factory!)

  5. Cary B says:

    Always look forward to your posts Al. These were two really nice layouts on different side of the globe. Thanks for sharing, Cary B

  6. Arnie says:

    Would like a video of the trains and cars on the move. Should be cool.

  7. Greg says:

    Really cool. Does the card track cross the train tracks? Nice setup.

  8. Dave DeCarlo says:

    Tony, what you did is great, not only for the little people, but the big people.Thank you. Dave from Pittsburgh USA

  9. L Mercier says:

    WOW Slot cars and trains. A winning team, thanks

  10. Sheldon. Phoenix. USA. 🇺🇸 says:

    Well done !

  11. Mark says:

    Tony, Great job! My layout HO in the early 70s had the same. Your’s is much more detail putting the two together. Thanks for sharing

  12. Terry Miller says:

    Tony–just wondering which you built first: the car track or the train? Either way looks pretty cool!

  13. I reply to some of the questions:

    Yes I put the viaduct in as a symbol of Stockport and the War Memorial (Cenotaph) on the hill represents Werneth Low. (to those who know the Stockport area!)

    Scale wise, the Micro Cars are technically 1-64, but do not look out of place as on a track, racing cars are smaller than conventional road traffic!

    The race track does not cross the railway lines, so runs independently of the two trains I can run at the same time. All old style I’m afraid – not got into digital yet!

    Tony

  14. John Berger says:

    Great idea! Love it….

  15. Mike T says:

    Had any accidents with the cars GOING TO FAST??

  16. Hemi says:

    Thats just AWESOME putting the racetrack WITH the trains…….. NICE job combining them the way you did!!!!! ~Hemi

  17. Q. Tony–just wondering which you built first: the car track or the train? Either way looks pretty cool!

    A. I laid the railway track first as all at ground level, then put viaduct in place and set racing track in place and sculptured the hills using expanding foam and cut/shape to fit around the track.

  18. Ed Schmidt says:

    Neat idea. Have one question. What is the make of the coal tipple as shown in the picture? I have one that was an afterthought and cannot use because of the distance required between the tracks. The one pictured only uses one track which would be ideal for my layout.

    Thanks

  19. Tim Haas says:

    Great job Tony, combining the cars and the rail line is something I have always wanted to do, I just could never imagine how I would get it to look right. You have done a superb job of it. Thanks for sharing! 🙂
    Tim from North Carolina

  20. The coaling tower is a: Ratio 547 00 Coaling Tower and can be found at most stockists in the UK. I use Hattons or Track-Shack.com but can also be found on Ebay.

  21. phil s says:

    i had a friend back in the 1960 that had a multy level layout with a lieonel track and a ho layout with a ho race car track mixed in. sorry i do not have any photos

  22. Joe Gennari says:

    wow….what a wonderful layout! impressive!!

  23. KR says:

    Steve from T. R…. I love the loco! Maybe the Blue Comet?

    K.R. in Howell

  24. Stephen Hudacko says:

    K.R. In Howell. Yes in is the Blue Comet. I grew up a block from the Jersey Central tracks in Bayonne NJ. My grandfather used to take me to see the trains go by. We would stand on the bridge as the steam locomotive 🚂 would come right at us. I think that helped put the love of trains in my. Now I want to concentrate on the Jersey central line.
    Steve from Toms River

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