Trevor makes a testing station

“Hi Al,

Many thanks for the great ideas, pictures and videos you send out – keep them coming!

I had a Hornby rolling road as well as one by H & M. I wanted to mount them permanently on boards with a power supply for each one.

I also wanted to build a holder that they all could be placed in, either for transportation, storage or to let the locos run on out of the way.

I also wanted a lined cradle in which I could invert a loco or coach to work on the underside and still have a power supply.

The overall appearance was to be professional with a touch of antiquity.

I had some left over plywood from my layout construction which was just right for the job. Used wine bottle corks made the legs for each board.

Hope your email recipients enjoy this.



Hope you like Trevor’s post as much as I did. A fine idea.

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.

13 Responses to Trevor makes a testing station

  1. Richard Maxwell says:

    Thanks Al for making an extra effort to keep your chicks under your wing. I have recently been blessed with first two grandchildren (TWINS) and I want to build a layout that we all may enjoy. Many of your tips I will be using to construct our new setup.

  2. Tom says:

    I like the testing station trev’s set up. I have some of all the major gauges available one of these testing station would work for me. N, HO, O, G. The only thing I would need is an O scale transformer. Great idea.

    Al, thank for sharing this with us. It is nice of you to do so …. under the circumstances. You are wonderful to do so.

    I will check e bay few things I need and I know I can get them there.

    Thank again AL for everything. You are a jewel!

    Keep safe Keep well

    best regards,

    A friend always,


  3. Ian Brown says:

    I must be dim today. I see the drive wheels sit on some sort of carriers that are adjustable for wheel spacing….but what are the wheels actually turning on?
    And when a unit is sitting upside down in the cradle, (an especially great idea!), how is the power pack attached to the pickup wheels?

    I imagine this will be a forehead slapper……

  4. thanks for the email Al, something i will be making in the future great testing box.

  5. Richard Sommery-Gade says:


    Want to thank you for all the posts of the past. I started my love affair with model railroading about 60 years ago. Unfortunately where I live now, I simply do not have the space to start another setup, so I have lived vicariously through the wonderful stuff you have posted, frustrating but enjoyable.

    The solutions and crafting that have been shown by all of the people that have connected with you, shows that no matter what your age, clean simple fun, that stretches your mind is still out there. What is a shame, that here in Hawaii we only have one model shop that unfortunately does not have the range to satisfy the wide range of model hobbyists that are around. Probably as well that a lot of what we all enjoy has fallen out of fashion.



  6. Peter says:

    Help please. I have inherited an O gauge clockwork tank engine tank 4-4-2. My father-in-Law remembers receiving it about 1948 (it was second-hand then). it is brown in colour and has the initials L B & S C R on the sides. Underneath is a label with Wurenberg. The two coaches are G. N. R. underneath them is a smudged ink stamp that looks like “A. G. Mi ??? Ltd. Holborn London. Made in Germany. The couplings are very strange a sort of male probe that slides into the other coupling, while that ones probe hangs down. Can anyone give me some idea of their background; and the possibility of stock and track. I have 10 straights only. Thanks Peter

  7. John Coffey says:

    This is all real good information that you have listed
    John Coffey

  8. THOMAS says:


  9. David Nelson says:

    Peter.can give you a little information about your engine and coaches,LB&SCR is London and Brighton south coast railway andGNR is great north railway these were some of the many railway companies that formed british railways in 1948

  10. Joe Kincaid says:

    Really great ideas foe a testing station. I am wanting to do the same, but also want to clean wheels as well. This has given me some great ideas, and inspired me as well. Thanks so much for the pictures. It really has given me some great ideas.

  11. Peter says:

    i have been in touch with Marklin HQ in Germany who were most helpful and using their information concerning measuring from outer edge of wheel flange to the other one on the same axle; this gave me the gauge of Standard 1 . Because of the cost in their track I found that the “garden (G) scale track is also the right gauge but on curves the larger radius is needed to prevent derailment. I have found that“A. G. Mi ??? Ltd. Holborn London was a firm who sold Bing / Marklin in the 1930’s. The initial are correct and do mean the London and Brighton South Coast Railway and Great North Railway.
    Father-in-Law has again had the pleasure of seeing his train working plus (I think) me chasing after a clockwork train going at a fast rate of knots down the hallway. Boyhood fun again.

  12. Rod Mackay says:

    The GNR is actually the Great Northern Railway, which was absorbed into the LNER in 1923, and the LB&SCR similarly formed part of the Southern Railway from the same year. This was known as ‘the Grouping’ and formed ‘the Big Four’ rail companies (GWR, LMSR, LNER and SR) and it was these companies which were nationalised to form British Railways in 1948.

  13. Steve from New Jersey says:

    Good to see you back. While waiting for your next I always wonder if I mised it. With the postings coming less often could you start putting the date and a issue number on them. This way we will know where we are at and make it easer to find an old one.
    Just a thought
    Steve from Toms River NJ

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