Saturday, May 21, 2011

Most Unusual Layout Location?

Most unusual place for a layout?

What do you do if you are a long distance trucker and a model railroader? Build a layout in your truck, of course!

At least, that's what my friend Ian did. Being on the road a lot means it's hard for him to find time to build a home layout. No problem; Ian decided to build a layout he can take with him wherever he travels.

Right side of the layout.

The 5 by 7 HO scale layout is built on the top bunk in the truck's cab; Ian sleeps on the lower bunk. Three of the four sides of the layout sit on brackets attached to the upper bunk. The front section is removable for driving. When he gets to a rest stop, and wants to run trains, Ian attaches it to the layout with clamps and he's ready to go.

It's an unusual, or at least an unexpected, place for a layout. But for a dedicated model railroader like Ian, it's a chance to relax after a long day of driving by running trains.

Looking at what he has constructed, I think he's also given a whole new meaning to the idea of a portable layout!

Left side of layout.

Nice scenery!


  1. Incredible! I would not have believed it if I had not seen your photos.

  2. That is dedication to the hobby! Congratulations Ian.