Our own layout has been under construction for FAR too long. This website is intended to help with the motivation and accountability!
Three generations of casual model train enthusiasts have had input to this layout. My Father, My Son and Myself. As you can imagine, there has been quite a lot of compromise between the three of us, and I’m sure there will be more to come!
Some info about our layout. I’m sure to expand on it at a future date, but here’s a quick summary:
Its a HO scale layout 3600mm x 4200mm (12’ x 14′) . Around the room style. There is a main loop around the perimeter with 30″+ radius curves, and an inner loop with a minimum 22″ radius curve resembling a dogbone style. there is a reverse loop section.
The layout is built in a modular fashion for easy storage and transport (if/when needed). Most modules are 1200mm x 2400mm (2’x4′).
We decided on DCC for train control instead of DC. Much easier for the wiring, and control – especially for the kids.
The main cab is a Digitrax Zephyr, and we also have a wireless controller for the kids (and Dad) to run around with.
I think we have about 5 or 6 DCC engines, and a handful of DC ones too – My favourite is the first train from my childhood, an old LIMA DC engine. If I’m honest the running gear is not great, and needs an upgrade.
We have a couple of DCC engines with sound – which the kids love! Highly recommended!
Thanks for reading.
I will probably update this post again to add more relevant info, as well as everything else on the site. I’d love if if you would sign up for the Mailing List, and we’ll keep you updated! (no spam, ever, I promise!)