Building more than 1 layout, more than one scale

George Gilbert <grgilbert@...>

I think maybe Anne has opened an interesting point with comments about folks
building more than 1 layout and each with different themes / different
scales / different etc. And it does give me a point to rationalize my own

For years I have been planning the big layout. Even bought a house with
appropriate space, 6 years ago. But so far I have never gotten past CAD

But in the meantime I have built a module to run in a local modular group.
Built many models, entered some in contests. Started working on NMRA AP
certificates. Rebuilt & repainted locos for friends.

I have been busy. Just cannot get focused on building THE layout.

However, I have found myself lately really thinking about building a small
HOn3 Logging scene. Then maybe try something different, maybe On30.

I am curious, is there anybody else out there that cannot decide what to
zero in on. Anybody building a bit of one and then a bit of the other?

George Gilbert

----- Original Message -----
From: Anne Ogborn <>
To: <>
Sent: Friday, November 05, 1999 9:04 PM
Subject: Re: [HOn3] Bachmann Shay in HO

From: Anne Ogborn <>

Bachmann's not as crazy as they seem.
In the "old days" people built two or three model RR's in
a lifetime, and usually stayed in one scale forever.

I think that style of modelling went with June and Ward Cleaver.
We, or at least many of us, don't live that way any more.

Now we're moving to the British mentality of "build a small
layout and a train to run on it".

I build HO standard gauge to participate in the club.
I build HOn3 to run at the club, and just cause I have some of it.
I was supposed to be part of a modular club, but it never got off the
I build HOn30 - I had a home layout and now I'm part of an HOn30 modular
And "in the pipeline" I'm thinking when I stop building modules in HOn30
& possibly HOn3 I'll build a G scale PSMT monorail as a sectional

I don't think I'm _all_ that weird in this. I know a lot of people with
a layout inside and a garden layout, for instance.

We're all sorta becoming rubber gaugers.

HOn3 web page is:

Leo Pesce <leo@...>

My friend Cliff is a good example. He is about to embark in building his
layout. He models the following:

Lionel O scale (starting the bench work in the next couple of weeks)
Marklin HO (will go on top of the Lionel bench)
British railroading HO (possibly going in the attic)
Bemo HOm (he is thinking about it; would go on top of the Marklin layout)
LGB - narrow gauge in Lake Tahoe in the attic (soon to be moved in the
LGB - Oahu in Hawaii in the garden
Live steam in the garden. (runs on LGB very large radii track)
Southern Pacific steam HO - Shasta division soon to be put back in the attic
Locale: Dunsmuir.

Last month I went to see an estate for sale (was not much) consisting of two
fully built layouts, Lionel (in the 2 car garage) and HO (a U shaped layout
in the family room).

And a couple of nights ago Cliff and I went to pick up a table saw (for him
to build the layouts) and the guy had a Lionel layout in his son room (now
moved out) and a really pretty Christmas layout (again with Lionel) and
those lighted porcelain houses, with an ice skating unit with figurines
twirling around.

I think there are a lot more than we think of people with multiple

Oh yes, as for me, I now have a Bemo module and will have two layouts,
Marklin and SP steam (Dunsmuir or Monterey - Santa Cruz branches)

Happy "multi" railroading!!!