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Looking for a Prefabricated HO Layout

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Looking for a Prefabricated HO Layout
Posted by Tom_Train on Tuesday, March 23, 2010 1:51 PM

Hello - I'm new to this so I don't know if this is the right forum to ask. I had an HO train set when I was a kid. My dad bought me a prefabricated (hard plastic as I recall) double loop train table. It had a tunnel with a lake and waterfall down the mountain side of the tunnel. He had a few other tables that he made as well. Unfortunately he passed away. I inherited his trains. But the tables are long gone, including the one of mine that mom unfortunatley gave away after I got married. I don't have room for a large layout or the time to really make one (someday maybe - I'd like to just run them now to make sure I want to get into model railroading), but I think that prefabricated one was about 4 feet x 4 feet. Does anyone make prefabricated train layouts? Can someone point me in the right direction? I've looked on-line and they are either custom built or huge layouts for sale.

Thanks,

Tom

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Posted by IRONROOSTER on Tuesday, March 23, 2010 3:03 PM

Sign - Welcome 

Woodland Scenics makes some kits http://woodlandscenics.woodlandscenics.com/show/category/LAKits you still have to make the table itself, not hard or buy one http://www.miannebenchwork.com/

I don't know if those plastic shells are still made or not.

Good Luck

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Posted by Tom_Train on Tuesday, March 23, 2010 3:54 PM

Paul,

Thanks very much. I will check these out.
Regards,
Tom

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Posted by cudaken on Tuesday, March 23, 2010 4:15 PM

 Tom, Sign - Welcome. Check and see if there are any local clubs, you might luck out. Also check E Bay, but most of the time sellers will not ship a layout.

              Cuda Ken

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Posted by cuyama on Tuesday, March 23, 2010 4:16 PM
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Posted by Phoebe Vet on Tuesday, March 23, 2010 4:23 PM

Sign - Welcome

Those Woodland Scenic kits are all inclusive and have good instructions that will help a novice acquire construction skills.  I built the River Pass and then built the rest of the layout using the skills I learned.

That said, I don't think they sound like what the OP asked about.  Terrain for Trains makes a preformed version of them in two styles that can be assembles in different combinations or used stand alone.  I think they are available in N and HO.

http://www.terrainfortrains.com/ 

 

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Posted by CNJ831 on Tuesday, March 23, 2010 5:56 PM

Tom - What you possibly recall from your youth was a molded foam item sold by the Life-Like model train company. One example was available in N-gauge and another, composed of two, or even three parts, sold for use with HO model trains. I don't think Like-Like has offered these in many years now and nothing quite like them (fully prebuilt, fully prepainted and ready to attach track to) is available today...at least not in HO scale (N and Z scales still have some commercially available examples, I believe).

As others have indicated up stream, one of the best choices today in HO scale are probably the Woodland Scenics kits, but these pretty much require some prior basic knowledge of layout building to turn out successfully. The Terrain for Trains designs do offer something partly akin to the old Like-Like layouts and if you wish to go the prebuilt route, they are about the only choice but still need quite a bit of scenicking work to complete.

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Posted by selector on Tuesday, March 23, 2010 8:48 PM

A bit aside, but I hope still worth pointing out; are we certain the trains work?  Is there track to be recycled/pressed into service once more?  What is its condition?  What about a DC power pack?  Maybe this is one case where we suggest the asker takes a serious look at EZ Track from Bachmann, or maybe Unitrack? 

I only point this out because I suspect there is a paucity of knowledge and appreciation here, which could lead to some needless frustration and expense.  Maybe Ye Olde Plywood Pacific is the way to go for the time being....a sheet of plywood and hook up a bunch of track.  Or cut up that sheet and make a shelf layout tucked mostly out of the way along one or two walls?

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Posted by Tom_Train on Wednesday, March 24, 2010 7:38 AM

Yes, the trains are in good order. I bought a small circle of track and the engines and power packs all work.

 I did some more on-line searches and what I had was similar to the layout at the top of the attached link, but there was a tunnel with a small lake.

http://tycotrain.tripod.com/lifelikemodeltrainscollectorsresource/

Tom

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Posted by CNJ831 on Wednesday, March 24, 2010 8:07 AM

Tom_Train

Yes, the trains are in good order. I bought a small circle of track and the engines and power packs all work.

 I did some more on-line searches and what I had was similar to the layout at the top of the attached link, but there was a tunnel with a small lake.

http://tycotrain.tripod.com/lifelikemodeltrainscollectorsresource/

Tom

Indeed, Tom, that's one of the early Life-Like layouts I was talking about in my previous post. I remember it also, at least briefly, being available as a larger, three-section, layout. Besides offering model trains, Like-Like was also a major manufacturer of foam insulated products, like foam ice chests, and so employed the same high density foam of the day to produce molded, ready-to-use, train layouts...but that was long ago.

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Posted by MRTerry on Wednesday, March 24, 2010 8:16 AM

Tom,

Noch also offers prefabricated layout bases. The bases are made from vacuformed plastic. Most come with scenery; you add your own track and trains. If you go with a Noch layout, check the track plan carefully, because in some cases they use very small radius curves.

Thanks for reading MR,

Terry

http://www.noch.de/en/produktkatalog/listview_neu.php?submenue=n&navi_Kategorie1=NOCH&navi_Kategorie2=Preformed+Terrain+Layouts&navi_Kategorie3=Preformed+Terrain+Layouts&jahrNeuheiten=

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Posted by da_kraut on Wednesday, March 24, 2010 8:25 AM

Hi,

there are some options out there for prefabricated layouts.  One of them is NOCH, their site is here: http://www.noch.de/en/.  Here is an example of the type of layout: http://www.noch.de/en/produktkatalog/artikel_detail_neu.php?shop_artikelid=3041164&navi_Kategorie1=&navi_Kategorie2=&navi_Kategorie3=&navi_Kategorie4= .

Also you can look at the MR magazine and see who actually cutom builds layouts.  That way you can purchase what you desire.

Frank

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Posted by latjr on Tuesday, October 04, 2011 9:01 AM

Tom -- I know exactly what you're looking for as I beleive I had the same one and have been on the hunt for a few years.  if you've had any luck finding it, please let me know. 

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