Track Plan At A Glance
Layout Theme: Winter/Holiday Scenes
Layout Type: Portable Layout
Scale: HO Scale
Track: Code 83
Min. Radius: 15"
Article by: Jim Spavins
Published: October 25, 2016
This month will be Round and Round October - a series of four portable model railroads simply designed for trains to go around in circles. These plans are focused on building display layouts to go to train shows and feature highly detailed scenes. Operations is a secondary priority.
A couple years back, I started a project to build a holiday themed layout which could be setup for the season along with the rest of the decorations and then stored away. The layout was to be a simple loop which a train could go round and round to entertain guests. To set the mood, the scenery would all be set in the winter time and many of the scenes would correspond to the holiday theme. For example, a frozen pond would have a couple of skaters, a Christmas tree farm is on a corner of the layout, and a holiday bazaar is setup in the middle of the loop.
To make the layout easier to store, it was designed in two pieces - each 17"x34" - which would allow the sections to be stacked to fit in a closet. A simple latch was used to align and pull the two sections together. The layout was coming together nicely but I decided to give the benchwork away to a friend of mine who was going through a rough stretch and needed a project to lift his spirits. It was a nice compact layout and certainly would have been a lot of fun to detail.
An overview of the Holiday Layout. | Photo by Jim Spavins.
An overview of the Holiday Layout showing the connection between the two sections. | Photo by Jim Spavins.
The two sections of the layout separated and ready for storage. | Photo by Jim Spavins.
For Track Plan Tuesday's, I am digitizing all of my old track planning notebooks and sharing the designs here on the website. To see all the plans, visit the track plan home page at: jimspavins.com/jimstrackplans.