Readers Model Train Layouts: Edward

I receive lots of pictures and stories from readers about their model train layouts (and I always want more). This week I thought I’d share an email and some pictures that I received from Edward Cully from Van Wert, Ohio.

This is what Edward had to say….

I am not a model railroader, yet, just like to play with trains, This is my maxium trackage on a table that is 4 feet 1/2 inches wide by 8 feet 1 1/2 inches long. It has inner and outer loops with double reversing loops, a pullout control panel, two train operation, 3rd transformer for accessories as I can afford them, 10 block sections, 13 remote switches, 6 uncoupler sections, and 3 activator-uncoupler sections. Also, my table is on rollers so I can get around it or move it out of the way. I enjoy your news letter. My name is Edward Cully, trainman 4×8. I am a retired farmer and live near Van Wert, Ohio, USA. I would like to hear any comments on my layout.

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Dan Morgan

Dan Morgan fell in love with model trains at the age of six when he visited an NMRA Convention in Seattle with his father. Forty two years later, his passion remains just as strong. After achieving a successful career in architecture, Dan’s particular interest is within layouts and buildings. With a wealth of knowledge on the subject, Dan loves nothing more than sharing this with others and is delighted in the forum of members who are brought together over the hobby they have in common. Dan lives with his wife Helen in Washington. As a professional painter, Helen has learnt through Dan about Model Trains and they now enjoy working on projects together. The only member of the family who isn’t allowed to join in is their over-enthusiastic Labrador called William who has been strictly banned from the workshop! You can find Dan on Google here!

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  1. S.A. Lunde
    4 years ago

    WOW,,,,, that is one really nice layout for people that have limited space ,,,,ALOT of activity in a small space . Keep up the good work .


  2. Mark Rizo
    4 years ago

    Very cool. It’s amazing to me that you can fit so much, including a figure-8, onto a 4×8 layout, especially using O gauge (I assume).

    My HO layout design (if I ever build the thing) is very similar. However, you might consider sacrificing the figure-8, and just have a single “turnaround” (“figure-S”). You’ll still be able to reverse the direction of trains by backing through the turnaround.

    Having only the single turnaround will free-up space in the middle of your layout, allowing you to have longer spurs branching-off the turnaround. So, you’ll be able to side entire trains, and be able to create a freight yard with parallel rows of tracks.

    Just my 2 cents, for what it’s worth. It’s an awesome layout for a small space, and your control panel is sweet, especially for someone who is “not a model railroader”.


  3. Zobel F.
    4 years ago

    Woah… that’s really a cool technical layout! Very neat and precise – from track to control console!
    I love it! I am just a beginner.. but that looks like something that would give anyone hours of fun.

    I would love to see some train operations and how the turnouts work. How about posting a video!? Thanks!


  4. Raymond Hughes
    4 years ago

    I like to play with trains too. I am a retired UPRR Machinist whom is living in Thailand. I am trying to make a small layout. I cannot buy modelers stuff over here. I have to scratch build everything. I had a small layout but I demolished it so I could start out from scratch. Basically a large figure eight eight track. At this point I do not seem to know what I am doing. All the model railroad phots in the magazines look so real while mine look phoney. I use easy track as that was what was included in the three train sets I purchased in the states. I could use all the advice & help I can get. I do not have a lot of money. I would like to purchase some second hand locomotives & cars. Thank you.


  5. Jon Kendall
    11 months ago

    Extremely well thought out and beautifully constructed.

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