This layout is an American outline in HO Gauge.
Built to 3.5mm/foot with mostly PECO code 100 rail this layout portrayed
an imaginary terminal line in Houston Texas.
My locos and cabooses were lettered ETTR, a fictitious terminal railway
company owned by the Santa Fe Railway. Many engines were visiting
Santa Fe ones and corporate company passenger stock were frequent
visitors. These were painted in silver just like the real thing
were lettered up with the name Santa Fe.
The layout supposedly served NASA's
Johnstone Space Center and other industries in and around Houston, Texas. A
much reduced in scale, of a Saturn 5 rocket and space shuttle was
acquired but never built to sit as a background item. In fact if I
had realised at that time, it would have been better suited for the Kennedy Space
centre in Florida and I could have avoided acquiring it.
The layout was built into a 13 foot by 12 foot bedroom in my previous
home in Workington and was dismantled when I moved without it ever getting
completed. There was a 6-road roundhouse fed by a turntable to
house the Terminal Lines locomotives and to service visiting engines.
Various businesses were served by the line along with a container yard.
The layout was built at shoulder height and in doing
so I was able to place my computer station below it. Some 20 years later
I still make the use of the area below the baseboards as today I have my
computer tower, monitor, scanners and printers set below the layout just
I did with the ETTR layout.
The skyline of Houston Texas