Alan’s layout update

“Hello Al,

a lot has happened since my last message. New track layout and the canal basin has been transformed.

The first picture is how it used to look, but I wasn’t entirely satisfied with the high street shops right at the end of the ‘town’, there is usually housing or industrial sites at the edge of towns, so I replaced the shops, removed the security fence and built a larger coal yard with shutes for loading the barges.

All scratchbuilt so far including a run-down old warehouse – a couple of warehouse kits, nissen huts and some corrugated iron rusty fencing. I used the latter for the roof of the coal yard building. At right anges to the coal yard is a timber warehouse, again I wasn’t really satisfied with that so again I scratch-built another one using the corrugated iron for the roof.

The track now has a crossover between the two lines so that goods trains coming out of the tunnel from the lower fiddle yard can now enter the goods yard without having to enter the station first and then backing into the yard.

Where the old coal yard was now has a point (switch) to an extra siding which runs behind the station thus giving me more storage space.

Well thats all for now, I hope your followers approve of the changes, I certainly enjoyed building the new structures and the track changes make for a more interesting running experience.

bye for now

Alan, Dorset UK”













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A big thanks to Alan – I really do enjoy his work, especially the canal part. Keep ’em coming folks.

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35 Responses to Alan’s layout update

  1. Looks really great especially the water. Good job

  2. Tremendous! Excellent work!

  3. Looking good, plenty going on!

  4. Beautiful. Brill! Size & scale s.v.p.

  5. Probably the best canal scene I’ve ever seen, very well done!
    Rod (one-time BWB staffer)

  6. The canals look great. Has anyone actually made a working canal system in conjunction with a model railroad. That would be a real achievement. I know that water and electrical do not mix well but it may be possible to make a working system.

  7. Having not yet brought my first layout to a semi-finished state, I’m in awe of someone who reworks a finished section into an even better finished section! Keep up the good work. I especially love the water and docking areas. If you have any tips for achieving such a beautiful look to your water, I’d appreciate them.

  8. fantastic,s usual, such mmetistic attention to detail it’s like a fine painting or color photograph. I wish I had your talent and patience! continued success, best regards, m . m. sweeney,palmdale ca usa

  9. Very nice work, good details throughout.. Is causing me to rethink some of my work… Thanks

  10. Excellent! Well done (from someone not far away – in Ringwood).

  11. A Lovely Layout, very good.

  12. Great work as always. Had a thought. Take a model of a canal lock, and somehow power the lock area so the base board for the water surface in the lock would rise and fall.

  13. `Nice bit of work on your scenics alan , and like has been pointed out the canal are is great ..well done …Dave

  14. I just watched a program this week on BBC America about canals in England, and I thought I was seeing it all over again! The realism and detail is fantastic. Thanks for sharing1

  15. what an interesting layout…not to mention a superlative photographer..
    and what excellent detail work
    you are a master scratch builder
    keep it runnin….

  16. Wow, an amazing scene!


  18. A really great job well executed. Love the canal basin

  19. @ Alan
    Absolutely fantastic!!!!!

    Near Philadelphia PA.

  20. hi great work

  21. Very well done.

  22. Truly amazing color and depth in this masterpiece.

  23. Nice big canal basin – not just a bit of canal with a narra’boat in it. :) Realistic sullen dirty water, just as it was when these were working waterways.
    I love the worn Nissen huts as well.

    Re a working canal network – it could be done even without water, the way road networks are done these days on layouts with DCC-controlled vehicles on slot-type tracks, except here they could be wheeled [under skirts] on a smooth top with the magnetic tracks underneath it, tho’ entering & leaving the lock might be a difficulty.

    With DCC it ought to be possible to run a canalboat into an open lock isolate it, lower the lock & then drive it out the lowered end, just like a loco or a truck. There’s a marketing & display challenge for someone. :)

  24. Such very good work —-love to see anything that has to do with model trains—-keep things coming our way

  25. I’m lost for words. All I can think of is (a) Fantastic (b) Incredible.
    Congratulations for a super layout and photo’s.

    Max D
    Ferntree Gully,

  26. This is what model railroading is all about – excellent work

  27. This layout is excellent in detail and planning. Lots of industries to serve and the tracks are BALLASTED! Great workmanship.
    DON WICK – The old yard master
    West Bend Wisconsin USA

  28. nice work love the detail. the locks are of great interest how things were done years ago. great to see more. you seem to have alot of talent not in just in railway modelling, taking photos as well.

  29. Very nice! If you have any more of the pictures of the canal gates,(Closer up) I would love to see the,! That is some great work!Love the unloading station also!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Mark T.

  30. A brilliant talent and an eye for detail. You look at the photo and expect something to move it is so real. Fantastic, painstaking work which is well worth all the accolades here. More photos please along with an overall view perhaps. How do you do that mucky water?

  31. wow nice detail work
    and your basin looks like real water
    keep em runnin fellas

  32. Beautiful artistry and craftsmanship. I hope to aspire! Healthy New Year
    NJ Mark

  33. I especially like the labeling on the photos. It helps one understand just what they are seeing. Great layout, by the way. I am very impressed.

  34. Just love the water colours very realistic fantastic well done

  35. nice work keep up the good work.

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