Intoduction and First layout

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by Amrap1, Nov 24, 2006.

  1. Amrap1

    Amrap1 Member

    Hello ALL!

    Ed here from Ohio. I'm 50 and never had trains as a child. I found an old Marx trainset last year and went to a train show to see what it was worth. I was blown away by some of the layouts I saw. I bought a cheap $50 trainset and a 4x8 sheet of plywood and ran the train around a few times. I was hooked. Fast forward a year.......

    I've been to maybe 12 train shows, 50 hobby stores and many flea markets. Being a bargin hunter, I found good deals on structures (built and kits), track and tons of other thngs to put together a great layout. I've also scoured the Web looking, reading and learning. I like HO scale because it offers the most possibilities without needing a magnifying glass and a large room. I'm ready to start and have build my tabletop. I chose this configuration because it seems to be the best for my room and for accessability. These are the best pictures I have for the tabletop so far...

    Thanks for looking and any advice will be welcome!
  2. Dan McDonald

    Dan McDonald New Member

    Hey Ed, I like that layout, not huge but big enough to squeeze in some great scenery.I have a similar idea for when I build one in my basement.
    Keep the pics coming. Layout progress topics are great to watch!
  3. Thoroughbreed

    Thoroughbreed Member

    Well 1st, Welcome aboard sir! Good start on the layout! Did I see a Bachman DCC system there? Hows that work for you? Keep the pics coming for updates.
  4. jr switch

    jr switch Member

    Welcome aboard Ed and happy Thanksgiving----I am also relatively new to the forum and I have not seen a more helpful group than this one. I think the first suggestion that they will have is to lay down a couple layers of dense pink or blue foam sheets on your table top. This will provide a certain amount of depth that you can use for rivers or a creek or ravines etc. Then you have spots to put bridges or culverts. The foam is also used to build the basic forms for mountains, hills and tunnels or just to give you different elevations on the layout. Read thru a lot of the recent threads on the forum and you'll see how they are doing this. Looks like you are off to a great start, keep posting pics of your progress--John R
  5. Amrap1

    Amrap1 Member

    Thanks for the replies and YES this is the best place I've seen so far for ideas. I'm wondering if I should "cookie cut" my outside track to raise it for tunnels/mountains, which I really want or build it up with foam.

  6. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    Welcome to The Gauge, Ed:wave:

    COMBAT Member

    It looks like you are running DCC? :thumb: Since I am getting back into the hobby from 15 years a go I am going to go DCC. Since your new, what do you think about it? Do you like it? Has it been easy for you? Did you engines come with DCC installed? If I am wrong about the DCC then just disreguard all the questions. :oops:
  8. nicknero

    nicknero Member

    dont you just love how you start 4X8 and than it goes to a 10X12 with a 4X8 engine service facility yea Welcome Bob hope you got more room your gonna want it
  9. doctorwayne

    doctorwayne Active Member

    Welcome to the Gauge, Ed,:wave: it looks like you're off to a flying start.:thumb:

  10. Ralph

    Ralph's for fun!

    Glad you could join us Ed! Love the story about the way the hobby hooked you! You're off to a great start! Keep us up to date.
  11. oldtanker

    oldtanker Member

    Welcome and good luck! I started getting back into to it after many years too....right about a year ago.

    Combat, I'm going to DCC. None of my engines were equipped with decoders. I converted one the other day, was easy! My others are plug and play types so will be even easier.

  12. Amrap1

    Amrap1 Member


    Yes I did buy a DCC Bachmann Loco and so far so good. I've only laid out a long loop and it runs fine. This weekend I hope to lay down more track and some turnouts. We'll see how it handles it then.

  13. COMBAT

    COMBAT Member

    Thanks for the replys. I think DCC is the only way to go. I mean it "sounds" so much better then the way it was.:)
  14. slagpot

    slagpot Member

    Welcome to the best darn hobby in the free world!!!! Never to young or old to enjoy this hobby. Marx i should have held on to my Marx O scale train set,checked e-bay last year and the one I had was worth a kings ransom. Oh well water under the bridge.

    Very nice start there lad. Although I wouldn't have used OSB,but as long as it doesn't get wet,should be fine. What railroad ya gonna go with or anything goes ?

    Dragon River Steel Corp {DRSC}
    Modeling an HO scale steel plant.
  15. fsm1000

    fsm1000 Member

    Hi Ed and welcome. Looks like you got hooked pretty good there :D
    Glad to have you aboard.
    As for raising the back track. Cookie cutter will allow a better transition as the plywood will bend in a slow slope way and not do it jarringly. It will help with the transition anyhow.
    Foam will work to but be careful it does not snap.
    Hope that helps.
  16. Herc Driver

    Herc Driver Active Member

    Welcome Sir! As one of the many, let me add my welcome.
  17. rfmicro

    rfmicro Member

    Welcome Ed,

    To achieve more layput space I have designed a three level, modular system of benchwork. The lower level wiil be my staging area. The middle level will be my main level with all the toys and scenery to support a mining, lumber mill, turn-table/roundhouse, steam and diesel maintenance yard and filler structures. Lots of big trees (pines and redwood).

    I will be using mostly foam (for base scenery to include hills, mountains, and rivers) and Woodland products (risers and inclines) and wooden trestle bridges for risers and to span rivers/gorges, etc. There are lots of ways to solve the beast. No one is necessarily perfect, it just remains how comfortable you are with the process to achieve your goals.

    Trent Mulkern
    Mechanicsville, MD
  18. Amrap1

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  19. TN_Trainman

    TN_Trainman Member

    Ed, sorry for the late welcome, but if you are half as hooked as I am we are both in DEEP trouble sign1 , it looks like you have a really good start, keep us updated and welcome aboard!!

  20. Amrap1

    Amrap1 Member

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