Thanks to LocoFi and the use of Dead Rail, my interest in actually having a model railroad to run trains on convinced me to start my first HO layout in a long, long time.
I have documented the build so far on my Website, “A Journey Into HO Scale Model Railroading in the 21st Century”.
The section titled, “My First HO Train Layout in a Long, Long Time; the process”, covers, in detail, the build of my benchwork, track plan and running the first trains on the layout.
I have also posted two YouTube videos.
My First HO Train Layout in a Long, Long Time - Part 1: The Search for a Track Plan & Layout
My First HO Train Layout in a Long, Long Time - Part 2: How the Benchwork Was Created
I had the chance, on Christmas day, to “run some trains” on the layout for some of our family. They thought the layout was pretty neat but they were blown away by running the trains from the phone app and were really, really impressed with the sounds! They said that they had no idea that that was possible.
The 4’ x 12’ track plan contains two loops, an outer and inner. The inner loop contains the option of a dogbone instead of taking the path of the loop. The inner loop also has two reversing loops, which are easy to do using Dead Rail. There are 5 sidings or spurs for industrial growth. The outer and inner loops are connected to each other by 4 cross-over track paths.
I’ve also created a playlist for my “Making and Using a Portable Dead Rail Demonstration HO Layout Parts 1 - 10
Enjoy and let me know what you think,
We are humbled by your opinion. Thank you so much! It is indeed a pleasure to see you get inspired (at least partly) by the use of LocoFi™ to start a more permanent layout for running your trains.
Not only that, we are pleased to hear LocoFi™ bring Christmas joy to your family.
Also, your layout construction method seems very unique and creative. Looking forward to further developments.