Tracy’s remarkable leftovers layout

“This was built for a friend who has shown great interest in my layout
Have a look it was made using leftovers from my layout


A wonderful layout – and made from leftovers too!

That’s all for today folks.

Please do keep ’em coming.

And if today is the day you get started on your layout, the Beginner’s Guide is here.



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24 Responses to Tracy’s remarkable leftovers layout

  1. Bill Fitzpatrick says:

    Hello Tracy. That is really quite nice. I liked the “step by step” pictures. There is still plenty of open space left to add to or modify the layout.
    . Fitz

  2. Jaaques Shellaque says:

    “Never discard anything”. Great, Tracy. You’re a great
    “perspiration” to us all.
    j s (founder and president of “Paqratz Unanimous”)

  3. reid says:

    Thanks Tracy. This train is like my birthday present. I love it!!!

  4. Duncan Galbraith says:

    K.I.S.S applied very well. SSUperb scenery and nothing overdone. A real sense of space. Thanks for sharing. D/

  5. brenda & ole boy says:

    wow ole boy said you did an excellent job and i agree.

  6. Mark Jarvis says:

    Judging by the size, it would make a nice coffee table, glass top and sides, nice to watch the trains go round


  7. Cary Price says:

    I love creating a project from leftovers, especially when they turn out as well as this one did, nice job Tracy. What a great way to share the hobby. Cary in KY

  8. David Wibbels says:

    I think that what you have done shows a lot of creativity. I am keeping some of these photos since they give me some good ideas for my unfinished layout. Great job !

  9. Terry Miller says:

    Good looking layout–but I had to look twice before I realized that what I thought was a giant Ferris wheel or a fancy bridge in the background was in reality a kitchen chair! LOL
    Thanks for sharing

  10. John McCoy says:

    one of the best I have seen on here
    Thanks for the inspiration shows what can be done in a small space
    big is not always better.

  11. Warren Ferguson says:

    What a nice thing to do for a friend, Tracy. Built from leftovers or not, it’s a great looking layout by any standards. One question: what scale is this, HO? Hmm, OK, two questions: what’s the overall size of the layout? Thanks a million for posting, it sure makes me want to get going on mine. ( If only I can find a multi-talented friend to spend a few weeks on it…) Warren

  12. Doc Raffety says:

    The comment on Farris wheel looked like a bridge on first look then I figured it out as a chair.

  13. Stephen D Gispanski says:

    Great job there Tracy, yes I liked the stepy by step that you did with the pictures. Did you go to college for an geologists? Why, because on how you made the surface of the mountain, one actually two of the mountain peaks look like extinct volcanoes. Then the grad that is around them looks like it also. Very nicely done job. What scale is this?? It looks smaller then HO, N gouge???
    Keep on trucking and keep them on the rails.
    SDG St.Petersburg Fl USA

  14. Hemi says:

    GREAT job putting to use “Left-Overs”!!!!! Now thats “Up-cycling”!

    Keep up the GREAT work! ~Hemi

  15. Gary Manganiello says:

    This is great. You wouldn’t think it’s from leftovers.

    Gary M

  16. DJfromNJ says:

    Great layout aa well as imagination. Congrats on your efforts! Well done.

  17. Laurence johnston says:

    Tracy, you’ve built a great layout. I love the different levels you’ve created,and the rocks and mountains are very realistic.I don’t think there’s a flat piece on your layout. It’s not overcrowded with clutter but retains it’s realism. I’m sure your friend is delighted with there new layout and appreciates the time and effort that you’ve put into it.
    Best Wishes,

  18. Colin Edinburgh says:

    Hi Tracy. Can I become you new best friend ?. Layout looks great. Especially like the cliffs and rock scenery. A really nice thing for you to do for your friend.

  19. Mark T. Pianka says:

    Great job love the Mountain, Looks close to the kitchen, Grab a cold beer and enjoy!!

  20. Ruben Simon says:

    It’s a wonderful build! I like the people standing around the unfinished building and fence. They keep you company as you work. ;-D

  21. Roger....Kentucky says:

    Great job, very good.

  22. Mr. Ron says:

    A most impressive little layout. I wish I could do as well.

  23. Terry Miller says:

    ell I’ll be dog-gone–the bridge is really a CHAIR! Wouldn’t have caught it without help from other commentators. In fact I was wondering if I had that same bridge somewhere in my left-over boxes.

  24. matiSon says:

    Your friend is very lucky. You did a great job, unlike me with my leftover dinner surprises.

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