David Barrow on Enlarging his Model Railroad Layout

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David Barrow’s HO scale layout of Cat Mountain & Santa Fe Railway has experienced many changes over the years, including an enlarged room and redone track plan. The room that houses David’s innovative West Texas layout has needed to be expanded at least three times over the years in order to make way for new ideas and improved components on the railroad.

In this lesson, David talks about his reasoning behind enlarging the room and redoing the track plan, and introduces a few concepts you might take into account if you’re planning on making large-scale changes to your own layout. You’ll learn what and who inspired David to commit to multiple overhauls, and hear some of the thought process behind making such expansions and layout changes.