I've been posting here in various forums for a while but I finally decided to have a thread dedicated to my On30 layout and its updates.
The layout is in a 11X10 foot room and takes up a lot of it. I started in 2014 and had the scenery for the most part looking like I wanted it within just over 2 years.
The layout has been in OGR three times so far:
- A reader photo in the August/September 2018 issue
- A layout profile article in the February/March 2019 issue
- A locomotive review for the Bachmann On30 Baldwin 'trench' engine in the April/March 2020 issue
it's been in several other magazines as well over the past 3 years.
I've been told I made more progress in 2 years than many make in 20. The before/after shot is 3 years difference to the day, the upper being the first day the of track laying:
I was never that big on scenery before, but I found I have a feel for it. I love adding realistic scenic elements and scratch building structures:
The layout theme is of a fictional branch line of the East Tennessee & Western North Carolina RR that ran from Elizabethton, TN across the Watauga River, along Stoney Creek, up into the valley northeast of the real-life mainline that turned southeast toward Cranberry, NC. The layout takes place in late summer 1943.
Maybe I'm the only person in the hobby with an actual Army RR Operating unit, complete with insignia? B Co, 796th ROB takes up two sidings on the layout:
So relax trackside and watch the parade of mostly Baldwin ten-wheelers as they go back and forth between Buladeen and Hunter, Tennessee:
More, soon! I'll still also post in the "what have you done on your layout" section as well...