Baseboard backache be gone! Work under your layout in comfort with this handy aid

car creeperCar mechanics and model railways don’t usually make great bedfellows but here’s one garage accessory you might want to consider.

If you’re like me, you spend a lot of time crawling around under your layout bent at odd angles fitting and fixing wiring, motors and electrics you’ll often suffer painful, uncomfortable, backache.

Worse, as we get old, even crawling around upside down under the baseboards becomes a struggle.

On a recent conversation about baseboards on the ModelRailwayEngineer Builder’s community, one of the members suggested car creepers as an aid.

As someone who prefers leaving the inners of cars to mechanics, I was initially at a loss about this. What on earth was a car creeper and how could a car tool — thoughts of big heavy wrenches sprang to mind — possibly be of use on a model railway let alone help with backache?

A bit of research was all it took and for my eyes to be opened to the possibilities.

Car creepers it turns out are platforms you lie on but have wheels so they can move around under the car. A mattress on wheels if you will.

The value of the suggestion on the Facebook Builders group was obvious.

You lie on them, face up and can then slide under the baseboards. No bending, stretching and some of them – such as this one ( and here for the equivalent for American readers) – are cushioned to make them more comfortable. Some even have lights to aid visibility in the dark corners of the baseboard. They could also be made for model railway construction!

They seem ideal and are now on my wish-list and I’d love to hear from anyone else who is using them for our hobby and has found they help with their backache.



Founder of ModelRailwayEngineer, Andy Leaning

Andy is a lifelong modeler, writer, and founder of He has been building model railways, dioramas, and miniatures for over 20 years. His passion for model making and railways began when he was a child, building his first layout at the age of seven.
Andy’s particular passion is making scenery and structures in 4mm scale, which he sells commercially. He is particularly interested in modelling the railways of South West England during the late Victorian/early Edwardian era, although he also enjoys making sci-fi and fantasy figures and dioramas. His website has won several awards, and he is a member of MERG (Model Railway Electronics Group) and the 009 Society.
When not making models, Andy lives in Surrey with his wife and teenage son. Other interests include history, science fiction, photography, and programming. Read more about Andy.

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One comment
  1. Great idea! I’ve been using one for a while–a friendly electrician gave me an old one. It’s just wood, so I put an old bathroom rug on it as a cushion.

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