Modelling the E&N in HO Scale in my basement

Let there be light!


Ever since we changed the track plan and eliminated Wellcox yard, the lighting plan was already decided on. As such, Parksville and arrowsmith siding were always a little dark.

This morning, I rectified the problem with the installation of one more light fixture perpendicular to the rest of the fixtures in the basement.

I think it works wonderfully!

2 Responses

  1. James Powell


    Something I picked up in one of the issues of Model Railway Journal: you are building the largest flat surface in your house. Make sure you put LOTS of drawer space under the layout. Otherwise, it ends up buried in tools, just like mine.

    (I think it was Dr. Watson who said that, but I’m open to correction…MRJ is a fabulous read for the photos & style, if very english in its approach to finescale modeling…it certainly is vastly different than most magazines/periodicals).

    I also note, you shop at the same store I do for area lighting. I put 6, 48″ 2 tube fittings in my addition, and pot lights, and am still sure it wouldn’t be enough light !


    November 5, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    • Jon Calon

      Strange thing with me James is that the layout is far more linear shelf benchwork, rarely anything deeper than 16″ deep. I’m trying my hardest to keep as much room for people as I can despite the fact i’m in a relatively small basement. There will be some room for storage and in fact I’ve got a ton of magazines already on a shelf under mud bay. More storage to come but it won’t be drawers… Too expensive.

      And as for the lights… I have eleven 4′ long fixtures now, each with two tubes, all at 6500K Colour temperature. Plenty of light down there! But they are a relatively cheap fixture… Which worked nicely for me.

      November 5, 2011 at 9:09 pm

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