Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Structure Planning - Mock Up 1

I am creating the first industry on the layout with a mock up made with concrete/brick images printed on cardstock and mounted on foamcore board. A noticed a mistake with my initial mock up, but that will be an easy fix. I will test this arrangement and build the next section of this industry in the near future.

The mock up was created with textures from Clever Models (see photo for their website address on the CD). I will be using this same method (images on cardstock & foamcore) for the final version of this industry complex.


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

OASIS Layout Update 2 - Track Testing

The track is tacked down to the homasote, and the Caboose Industries ground throws are in place as well. I am now ready to test out the track plan on the actual benchwork. I am still undecided on what particular industries will be served, so this step of layout construction will help me decide. This may take me a few weeks or even a month or more of testing and tweaking before anything is finalized.

Once the track arrangement and industries are finalized, then I will proceed to paint and weather the track.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

OASIS Layout Update - Track Installation 01

Good News!

I am happy to report that I have finished laying out the track for the new layout. I will be testing it for a couple of weeks to make sure it is going to work.
After testing, I will begin the process of painting and weathering the ties and the rails.

Here's a very short video clip of the new layout in action!


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Track Plan 4.0

A new plan and the layout construction phase have begun! This layout build is a variation of the TOMA (The One Module Approach) method that is discussed at the MRH Web Site. I'm calling this TOMAx2 since I am building two module sections at the same time. Future expansion is possible as well.

I will be posting a more detailed account of what is going on with layout construction in the future, but here is a quick overview...

  • Track is being laid as of July 25, 2017. 
  • Going with Atlas code 100 due to hobby budget and a surplus supply of code 100 track. 
  • Testing of the track arrangement with locomotives and cars is planned for July 29

Updates may be infrequent, but layout work will be progressing over the next several weeks. Stay tuned!

Tom Conboy

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Track Plan V 3.1

Here's a revised track plan for the Owensville OASIS District

This plan was revised on January 21, 2017.

I found a couple of issues with V 3.0 that would have hindered operations.  This revised plan allows a train to move directly from the Rock Island yard to the Owensville Terminal yard without any switchback moves. I will review this plan for a few more weeks before I start laying track.  At least in the Rock Island yard section of the layout.  I am pleased with the track arrangement for the OTRR yard tracks, so track work can begin at any time in that location.


Thursday, November 24, 2016

A New Track Plan

OASIS v 3.0


I'm going back to a sectional layout using the domino benchwork from my old 4 x 6 layout.   I decided to go with this type of layout over the semi-permanent one I had designed several months ago.  Portability has its advantages, and I decided to stick with this type of layout.

The track plan is based on an idea I have been kicking around for several years.  I have created a few other versions, but the other track plans would have required the construction of new benchwork.  This plan doesn't.

The location is the town of Owensville, Missouri. The Owensville Terminal Railroad 4th Street Yard is located on the top leg, and the Rock Island Yard is located on the right leg of the track plan.

I will have to decide whether or not to go with code 83 or code 100 track.  I will have to purchase all new track if I go with code 83, but could start building right away if I stick with code 100. The plan is to take a little time thinking about it before going with one or the other.


Wednesday, November 23, 2016


The Owensville Terminal Railroad is a freelanced HO scale model railroad that has existed in various forms from 2001 - 2009.

Future plans are being made for the construction of a new version of the Owensville Terminal Railroad.  The track plan is being finalized, which will utilize the domino bench work sections from the 4 x 6 version of the layout.  This layout was placed in storage in 2009 and was eventually scrapped in 2015.  See the "Past Layouts" tab  to view previous versions of the model railroad. 

Tom Conboy