Trains running – 5 on one piece of plywood

5 trains running on one piece of plywood, and Dennis is a happy man.

Best of all it doesn’t look crowded:

“Started this with one idea in mind – mining and lumber mill – then added a reverse track for a little pusher car to go in and out of the mine, then added the first raised track, then the second, then another reverse track going from the mine drop-off to the processing shed, and on and on. 5 trains running on one piece of plywood!


laying track for trains

bridge and scenery for track

raised track

loading platform

oval raised track for trains

model train mining tunnels

raised track 5 trains plywood base

raised track 5 trains plywood base

And Ben has also got started on his layout and has his trains running.

“This is my work in progress it has no rhyme or reason it all come from my mind as i go it could be anywhere USA.

Also just a little of my stien & coffee cup col.

My train room is 12.5ft. x10.5 ft.


adding mountain scenery to model railroad

laying track

laying track

adding farm scenery to track

model train locomotive

model train tunnel

Now on to Vince:

“Just thought you might like to see my latest freelanced railroads most current build

Athearn U-C chassis with an atlas U30/36C shell that I’m building into a Cabless Unit still a ways to go but it’s a start


Atlas shell train custom build

custom build Athearn UC chassis model train

Athearn U-C chassis with an atlas U30/36C shell

A big thanks to Vince, Ben and Dennis.

I know I say it often, but even after all these years it’s still wonderful to see what you’re all up to.

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.



PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

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

9 Responses to Trains running – 5 on one piece of plywood

  1. DJfromNJ says:

    I have a question for you.
    Why do some writers/submitters pics, when clicked on, magnify beautifully; yet a few others submit pics that do not open to get a close up view?
    Would you please enlighten me?
    Many thanks,

  2. Erick says:

    Pretty Kool.!!!!!

  3. David Ryder says:

    Dennis, a couple of questions. How big is your layout, what scale is it, and what does your track plan look like?

    Thanks, David in Ellicott City Maryland

  4. Calvin says:

    It is always interesting to see what diverse people are doing. I have enjoyed all of these articles.

  5. Jim Sterling says:

    I realize the beverage containers are just there for scale, right? But somebody has good taste in beer!

  6. Rich B. says:

    Well done and great idea with exposed trusses/bridges for upper trackage. Very believable and detailed to scale. Exist in real life as such… who cares. Detailed scenery but not too busy, this is wilderness.

    Have to say with first photo I thought this was built over the bathtub. 🚿 Great use of space lmao. Must of been the surrounding area looked of maybe marble, stone floor work, now that’s just me.

    Regards, Rich

  7. Gary M from Long Island says:

    Dennis…… great job…… love the yellow engine……..what scale…..looks like N.

    Ben…….so far… good…..

    Vince…..engines look great.

  8. John Derr says:

    Dennis. what is: “then another reverse track going from the mine drop-off to the processing shed,” I am trying to find a way to model a large gold mining facility

  9. Walter from Long Island says:

    Would love to see a video of 5 trains running at one time….

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