My Märklin rail layout

HO UK model rail

My rail layout



Märklin in Germany is a long established company which excels in the manufacture of model rail locomotives, coaches etc.

In 2013 whilst holidaying in Germany, I purchased this digital starter set. It came with two digitally operated points/switches. Points=UK, Switches=US, Weiche=DE

BR 81, DB | Gauge H0 – Article No. 29539 “Freight Train” Digital Starter Set. 230 Volts.

Prototype: German Federal Railroad (DB) class 81 steam locomotive and 5 freight cars.


Shortly after I returned from Germany, I purchased from

BR 24 DB, ABi, Bi, Rr 20 | Gauge H0 – Article No. 29240   “Branch Line” Digital Starter Set. 230 Volts.

Prototype: German Federal Railroad (DB) passenger train with freight hauled (PmG). Class 24 steam locomotive with a tender and Wagner smoke deflectors, 1 type ABi “Donnerbüchse” / “Thunder Box” standard design car, 1st/2nd class, 2 type Bi “Donnerbüchse” / “Thunder Box” standard design cars, 2nd class, and a type Rr 20 interchange design stake car.


Layout 2013 – 2014

These two sets with some additional track and other bits and pieces made up my first attempt at a HO scaled 1:87 layout. It comprised of a single track with crossover loop and a passing loop for a station and a small siding . The orange section was a raised incline that looped back on itself. In retrospect the incline was greater than the recommended 4% and caused occasional slippage of the locomotives. The crossover loops allowed a locomotive to reverse its passage around the main route..

Gfx_pink room 4 REVISED 5

Layout 2015 – July 2019

I kept the layout until September 2015 when I created the layout below. It is designed as a double tracked oval with crossover loops and sidings providing chances for a back to back operation as well as the two other locos passing.

Screen Shot 2015-11-28 at 17.53.12

I now operate three digital locomotives two steam locomotives and a diesel given as a 2015 Christmas present.

Layout 2019 – work in progress!

In this revision of my layout I’ve added a high level reversing loop which should provide a continual looping of locomotives plus the possibility of two other locomotives working on other routes, that is if ever I get a CS3 and S88’s working in concert. I’m also hoping to operate a shuttle service between the station and the goods yard.

The base stripped bare

Just toying with the idea of a hillside going across the valley between the two hillsides. I enjoy this part of the building the most as I try out different landscaping options before the detailing begins.

This layout will also provide me with the opportunity of refining ie completely removing and redoing the lighting circuits I’ve been using.

Photographs of 2015 Layout


East side of Neuenburg featuring hill with FKK park, town house and its vegetable garden


West side of Neuenburg featuring Church Hill village and and below it the locomotive shed sidings


West side of Neuenburg featuring Church Hill village and and below it the locomotive shed sidings




A sturdy little puffer, that keeps on going …



4 comments on “My rail layout

  1. Great web site – thanks for spreading the word! Please get in touch if I can provide a free license for RM Pro for your reviewing and track planning needs.


    • orandaadnaro
      May 10, 2016

      Thanks for your kind words. I’ve been away for a few weeks so I’ve only just caught up with my messages, and thanks for the the offer which would be marvellous to try out. I’m about to construct the 30+ voltage step down circuits for the track to arduino so they’ll take a while to get started/finished. Keep up the good work on your web site t00, its a real help and inspiration.


  2. Dimitris
    October 10, 2019

    you have done great work with your layout and your site, I would like to include your site in my informational site for railroading, what do you think ?

    Check out if you like the (it is in Greek and English so far)

    Thank you


    • orandaadnaro
      October 10, 2019

      I am so pleased you enjoyed my site. Feel free to reference it on your site. I’m out visiting at the moment so I’ll check out yours later. Thanks for visiting 😋


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