Track for model trains

Dave’s been back in touch with some track for model trains that has been no end of problems:

“Hi Al… just had another bit of a problem with track movement, so had to go out and buy some new.

To start with could not locate what I wanted, then thinking I had bought some Peco track got home to find it was Hornby ..and due to no model shop near to us with Peco in stock, had to use this, its not up to Peco standard…

Also showing some glue which does what it says ..instant and sticks just about everything…especially track for model trains.



track for model trains

track for model trains

track for model trains

track for model trains

A big thanks to Hall of fame Dave.

I think Track for model trains gives us all grief at some time or other.

Next, on to Brian, who has sent in more pics of his layout.

His first post is here: L shaped N scale layout.


I love photography as much as railroading but promise not to keep sending these unless you want more.


model railroad steam engine

n scale diesel engine

n scale freight

n scale steam engine

n scale steam train

Now on to another Brian, who has been busy with is track too:

“Hi Alastair,

I have been placing track on the last leg of the bottom level of my double deck HOn3 layout.

It is not fixed in place yet (good job that it isn’t) This is where a camera comes in handy as I physically could not see what was wrong until I took a photo of the section and the error glared at me.

There is a track that comes from the back of the layout leading to the the yard and engine facilities but could not get to the turntable from there. (No run around).

As can be seen below, there is no connection between the second track from the left to the next one to the right of it which leads to the engine terminal.

model train track

The track on the right hand side (not the siding) is the one that comes from the other side of the layout and leads to the yard and engine facilities. As seen below.

HOn3 track

The white card template shows where the track will be.

The spur from this track leads to the brewery. Seen below.

using card for model railroad track layout

Having taken a photo of this section is where I could see the error of the missing run – around between the two tracks. I have pencilled it in on the photo near the top left.

model railroad track layout

Fortunately I had two spare HOn3 right hand points that I could use to correct the problem as seen below.

track turnouts

The buildings are temporarily placed and not in the final position nor completed.

track turnouts

Short pieces of track placed temporarily to visualise what the final placement would be. (waiting for more HOn3 Peco track lengths to arrive).

track layouts with cardboard buildings

Below is a view of the bottom section allowing for trains to access the yard or down to the turntable and engine facilities.

track with turnouts

There will be background buildings along the wall with possibly some form of industry.

The bare wharf in the middle is where my FSM Seafood Emporium will be located as seen in previous posts of the build/kit-bash of it.

This black and white photo taken below looking east showing how it all worked out with the Roundhouse and facilities right at the end of this level.

shelf track plan

A closer view of the facilities without the buildings in there respective places while working on this section.

track turnouts by harbor

Fortunately I was able to purchase two more Blue Point motors for the points that our local hobby shop happened to have in stock.

A lesson learned (again) when working on a new layout, is – must have a track plan. (I have a track plan for the other side but not this side 😢😡😢).

Now to get on with the fixing down of the track. 👏

It has been extremely hot here in the past week of temperatures reaching 37c at times and way too hot to work in the train room.

Once again Alastair, keep up the excellent work you are doing for us modellers.

All the best.

Brian – the HOn3 guy in Knysna RSA”

That’s all for today folks. A big thank to the two Brians and Dave.

Please do keep ’em coming.

And if today is the day you stop dreaming and start doing, the Beginner’s Guide is here.



PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

PPS More HO scale train layouts here if that’s your thing.

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8 Responses to Track for model trains

  1. Rich B. says:

    And Dave can do no wrong. What he plans on and does always ends up looking the best. Can’t even imagine how many hours he puts in each week… it shows.


  2. TJK says:

    Dave, that diesel sounds awesome.

  3. Robert E Brady says:

    To Dave ,Oh Mcgoo You’ve done it again ! great vid
    The Critic

  4. George Zaky says:

    DD & 2 Brians! The model train God shines down on us!!
    Flex track joints at bends can be a headache. Much thanks for the video.

    Of course I will always say you N guys boggle my mind with fabulous Lilliputian scenery.
    Brian M
    You never make an error. You just took a longer way around. I always marvel your work and cant enough of the updates. Boat on the rocks! Awesome.
    Big Al
    Gonna be a fine day. Java, DD & 2 Brians.
    “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there “– Will Roger

  5. David Schaffner says:

    Wow! What an ingenuous layout and must be nice to afford that many train engines and freight cars and such…I have asked numerous times as to the availability of where he gets his houses, old classic cars, store fronts against the wall and was wondering if they was kits or fully assembled structures. One of the reasons I asked is my continuing problem with arthritis in my hands and fingers which makes it impossible to assemble kits Love your diesel and the smooth ride of your trains. That glue is something wonderful for track laying. Love your videos.

  6. robert dale tiemann says:

    very nice. i like what youve done here.

  7. David Howarth says:

    David Schaffner …my buildings are both card made and reday made , the card ones are mainly from Metcalfe and the reday built ones from Hornby , cars you can get from most model shops and usually corgi reg cars ….good luck with your layout and thank you all for your comments ….no more Hornby flexi track for m,e …Dangerous Dave

  8. David Schaffner says:

    Thank you, Dangerous Dave, for answering my question….Wow! Such a master trainman and landscaper and video man to boot…

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