HO Train Layout Progress

Chris and Evan have made some serious progress on the train set in the basement since the last time I posted about it, and since I took these pictures on Sunday, they’ve done even more!

First off, they finished sanding down all of the foam pieces, then started covering it with either Mold-a-Scene or Sculpt-a-Mold plaster.

There’s even a molded arch inside the tunnel.

Here’s the tunnel from the other side.

This is the way cool part. Chris designed this bridge on the computer and then had it built with a prototype machine at work. It’s the perfect curve for our track. It was white when it came out of the machine, but he painted it black. I think it’s called a girder bridge.

Adding ballast to the track:

Starting to add wood to the outside so we have a clean edge:

This section of mountain is new since the last time. It’s been roughly cut but hasn’t been glued.


Evened-out “rolling hill” section:

New hill in the corner:

A bit of a pull back so you can see how it’s coming together:

I seriously had NO idea how much work a three-dimensional train set would be. Holy cow. I’ll try to post again in a week or so with the rest of the progress!

Has anyone else tried building a model train set?

5 thoughts on “HO Train Layout Progress

  1. Thanks ladies!! It’s been so much fun. I’m completely overwhelmed by the amount of work they have to put in it, but I’ve enjoyed their progress!

  2. I said it before and I’ll say it again- this is so cool! It blows those train tables you can buy at Toys R Us out of the water. Someday your kids will be grown and have kids of their own, and they’ll want to go to grandma and grandpa’s house to play with the coolest train set ever.
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