A superb model train layout

“Hi Al – I have been following your mailers for quite some time now and I really appreciate all your efforts in running this wonderful network of Model railroaders without having to maintaining any live forum or a group – I believe that is definitely a wonderful communication technique that you discovered to use emails like a forum or a group – a wonderful idea! :)

Let me know what you think.

Take care, and thank you in advance for your time.


Pretty amazing, eh?

A huge thank you to Kaustav. Do you think if we pester him enough he’ll send in some more pics??

Don’t forget to have a quick peek at the latest ‘ebay cheat sheet‘.

And before I go, can I just say a heartfelt thank you for all the nice comments about the site on the last post. I know it’s a cliche, but it really does make it worthwhile.



52 Responses to A superb model train layout

  1. As you say very Stunning Al , nice job you have done there Kaustav

  2. that is an awesome layout i havent started yet with mine but i have been collecting as much stock as i can to work with im thinking of macking my layout on 48″x 36″ so that i can dismantle if i had to its not going to be easy i have collected all of the emails that has been sent to me and i will ues them to make my own layout

  3. Wow! I love the trains and ships combination. very realistic.

  4. I like

  5. Fantastic layout, Im planing a layout like Rodney I wonder if he is planing on N or HO

  6. HI Kaustav. Great layout . Could you tell me where the ships are from or are they scratch built. Also what gauge is the railway? Keep up the good work. Keith

  7. I like it, that was my second choice when starting my railroad…..wish I had seen this sooner. Nice Work!!!!

  8. Kaustav’s model train layout is truly impressive. I was impressed that it’s of the Wrightsville Port here in NC. I live in Greensboro, in the Northern part of the state.

    And, that it is in the “N” scale, everything requires so much small and delicate work.

    Karustav, please send more more pictures. I’m sure we’d all love to see more. NCB

  9. Great “modernized” N-Scale version of one of my favorite Ian Rice layout designs. Although I still have most of my “antique” N-Scale stuff, it’s a bit tougher to see than the HO stuff, which, itself, is becoming tougher to see. Outstanding layout, Kaustav!

  10. Shows a lot of talent,let’s see more please.

  11. Very interesting. Especially the winding road/track on the mountain. Very inspiring. Thanks for sharing with all of us out in cyberland.

  12. another fantastic layout, thanks a lot

  13. really like this one, thanks

  14. Hi,

    Great layout. Could you please provide scale and overall layout dimensions?


    Charlie Schmidt

  15. Briliant layout, must have taken a lot of hours planning and building, I congratulate you on a job well done, you should be proud of the work you have done on this layout, how about some more pictures ?? Please !!!!, well done, regards all, Allan

  16. Each post is so inspiring please keep it coming.

  17. Fantastic scene!

    Never imagined building a seaport theme for a model railroad. Your choice of equipment is very practical.
    Can we get several photos from directly above the layout?
    Thanks for sharing your ideas.
    –Ben Z

  18. This has certinly given me some new ideas for a harbour scene, looks like a complete rethink. Thanks

  19. Great looking layout

  20. Great looking layout.

  21. Hi Al, this site is great, and the ideas fantastic, it is extremely helpful to all railroad modelers. keep up the good work. John.

  22. cool harbor lay out going ad one to my lay out down the road nice job.

  23. pretty amazing pic’s , love the lighthouse

  24. what a great layout, you have done a very good job,it looks so real, all the best.

  25. To you the Builder of this very nice looking layout using both land & water together. Some specs on the layout for the beginners in this hobby would be nice. Also did u use the liquid gel for the water or just paint it there, I could not tell.

  26. a top layout keep the pics coming.

  27. Thanks everybody, and thank you Al! I will make sure I send more pics and periodic updates of the layout as and when I complete any new section. Cheers till then. :)

  28. very good site have learned a lot and envied a lot more PLEASE keep this site going thanks kenny

  29. I have been very slowly building a lay out for my grandson (yeah right!) and have been following this site for ideas.
    I have a company that provides subcontracting services to the ship repair industry (mainly US NAVY) and have wanted to incorporate a harbor/piers into my lay out….this lay out helped a lot.
    Our lay out is at the board stage:
    8’x4′ on one side, 6’x4′ on the other and 3’x4′ joining the two. 2″ of foam is in place for carving.

  30. very Great layout

  31. Excellent! May I ask the scale?

  32. A very nice layout.

  33. A great layout. Superb modelling. Love to see more pics. Thanks Alastair for the great information on modelling trains. Would be great to see some indoor garden railway modelling especially in gauge one track. Cheers, Chris Goodman, Tasmania, Australia

  34. Dang nab it Kaustav. Those black and white photos look darn near like pictures of the real locations. Good work. I just wish that I could take photos as well as you do. Please keep those photos coming.

  35. Hi Guys
    I’m like Rodney above – love model railway but cannot stop to build just yet. I am buying Marklin rails & rolling stock whenever I can afford it as I had a failry large HO setup many, many years ago still packed away! I also have a large collection of matchbox toys ready to use. It will come out one day & I also copy, file & retain every email from our wonderful host!

  36. Hi Al
    There I am armed with pencil graph paper etc and a 22ftx20ft “space” that is to become the new Train ing area
    I am all of a ponder as to how to proceed
    Along comes a truly fantastic bit of inspiration

    WOW!! what a layout to inspire
    I can see it being so very interesting to operate let alone build My Slide rule has been ditched
    I shall take the easy way out and add my modifications to a A TRULY BRILLIANT bit of modelling

  37. Really great theme Kaustav,
    A port give us the excuse to have all sorts of beaut stuff. The crane, lifting bridge and lighthouse all fit in nicely and would be difficult to explain in another theme.
    Another advantage of a port is that you can have anything at all sitting around as it could be on its way to or from the port for shipment.

  38. That is a great layout you have, I am also curious about the oil tanker and where you found it, would it match a oo scale layout? Fantastic work, keep it up and great pics.

  39. Just what I needed to encourage me. I have been back to N Scale for only a year or so, and have recently decided that my layout is going to an Intermodal with a pier and yard, and a ship and cranes. Kaustav, you have done a brilliant job of demonstrating to me that I’m on the track (pun intended). Thanks for sharing. And, yes, I too would like more harbor pics from you AND from others.

  40. Thank you all for the wonderful comments and I am truly overwhelmed! :) So glad that you all liked it. A part of the compliments should actually go to my wife who is in charge of painting, weathering, scenery and many other stuff (as and when required basis!). The only thing she possibly hates about this hobby would be operation – she just loves to see the trains go round and round without her touching a button! 😛

    Here are some details, as requested:

    Scale: N
    Layout size: 6’X3′ (minus that curved area in front of the town scene), plus 6’X9″ staging – all areas under the layout is made into closets for optimum utilization of space, the space below the staging is a book shelf.
    Track: Code 80 – Peco turnout with remote throw and Atlas Flex
    Era: 1960-1970
    Roadbed – Insulation board on wood framing and foam filling
    Layout type: Portable

    All buildings, ships and other structures are scratchbuilt – primary material cardboard, and household wastes (like remains of toilet paper rolls for the oil storage tanks!). Some are heavily kit bashed, like the trestle.

    And yes, I will send some more pics, and other surprises VERY SOON! :)

    Thanks again everyone – Cheers!

  41. I enjoyed seeing your layout. great job.

  42. I am definately going to use some of your Layout on mine .


  43. Thank you for letting us Know how you modelled the tanker and fuel tanks, this is an area which has been on my mind for a long time and now seeing how you incorperated them into your layout, I am going going to do a similar idea with mine. Keep up with the wonderful work and compliments to your wife with the detail in the painting area.

  44. That is a very stunning layout Al. Awesome. I just came up from working on my layout. Taking apart my very large rail yard and redoing it again. The layout is always a work in progress. Take care everyone and happy rail roading. Austin, loving the HO Scale.

  45. I like the feeling of space in the harbour, and on the quayside, not easy to achieve. I too have worked a lot in harbours with ships and trains and this looks very realistic The B&W photos are worth printing off to decorate the train room for insparation. Thanks ! D/

  46. can you not show the complete layout. Im sure it will be just as good as the bit shown. Well done on a great layout.

  47. Hi, Kaustav,

    I am retired from Insurance sector of age 69, but since childhood I love trains because my town is near to railway station, so when I joined the rail-road hobby about 1-1/2 year ago. I went with HO scale and as a bigner I also do the mistake to go with HO scale, because the space is the problem, I started 8’X4′ board and run the train round & round. I also started on Grand valley kit, purchased from Delhi, at present I am working on this kit. But after seeing your great N scale lay out I really Impress and want to go with N scale. But I have one problem with me that I cant do the such type of work as both you done. so I am going to go with similar idea. In the end again I love you effort and wishes for you future work.

    Really great Kaustav

  48. Hi, Kaustav

    What a fantastic combination of a railroad and harbor layout.
    Would there be a commercial plan layout be available for
    this layout.


  49. A fantastic layout, look like the real thing,

    Fred (RSA )

  50. Very Nice indeed. We have two Lift Bridges in our harbor, one is for train traffic the other cars and trucks.
    Could you share your plans for the lift bridge? I know I have HO but I think I can manage to scale it up for what I need.
    Also include if you would what materials you used.

  51. Ships, Trains and bridges…..all of my favorites!!!!

  52. Kaustav ; i like this layout and theme , i would like to know where to get a N-scale oil tanker to incorporate into my layout , Thanks from

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