“I was lucky enough to see the world at a young age, always loved Holland and the people were wonderful.. Most of the rails in Europe are new and is a major form of transportation throughout…

I started Amsterken 4 years ago, most of the structures have been kit-bashed to resemble buildings in Amsterdam…. My pride is centraal station witch started as 4 Kibri city hall building kits . Made a roof real shingles and tried to copy the details on the station….Made all base from foam and covered it with body filler , before it dried i put a soft mold of bricks and when it hardened i pealled the mold off to reveal bricks like the ones in the canals… I put blacklights behide back drop left a space so light could show through. Painted walls blue and put some red lights for sun, also used paper which looks great with blk light . I run Roco track and trains all digital, Faller cars system, RC boats for the real water.

I have taken most of the layout down so i can put bladders in for real water, I built modules so its easy to take down , just in case I move. Kids have the best time with the fast clock for in / out bound trains bus schedules and rc boats… Till next time Amsterken out…. Thanks Alastair…


A big thanks to Ken – a wonderful layout. A joy to see Godzilla in there too.

Now here’s a video of my boy’s town – all made from his print out scenery. In fact, this download, gives you the very same town.

Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

Please keep ’em coming.



PS Looking for the Beginner’s Guide? It’s here.

32 Responses to Amsterken!

  1. nice buildings but most are unsuitable for us here in the uk.
    can we have some uk design buildings? houses, indust. signal boxes etc?

  2. Ken,

    I lived in Amsterdam for 4 years! You have it down perfectly. I could almost imagine the rain!

    Well done!


  3. Hi Al and congratulations Ken.

    I can not find words to describe it. Central Station building is amazing. The detail makes it like real.


  4. Ken, What a wonderful layout. Such a lot of hard work but well worth it in my eyes.

  5. Brilliant layout Ken, the work gone in to this is amazing!

  6. Amazing. The streetscapes, lighting, and interior shots all make one believe they’re looking at actual full scale photos. I especially liked the horizon lighing effect. Good luck with the bladder effect. Keep this audience informed.

  7. Great layout, beautiful workmanship. Photography was very well done, too.

  8. wow. someday Im gonna get out my old Lionel from 1950 and play with it again. It sure was fun.

  9. Awesome layout. I’m considering starting a layout with my 8 yr old son. I can’t even imagine the work which would go into such a layout. Would love to se a short movie of this layout.

  10. awesome the black light and other lighting is just awesome

  11. Paul: someday never comes do it now you won’t regret it. I wish i had started mine 25-30 years ago.

  12. I really enjoy the realism of the town and the buildings along with the landscapes.

  13. Very nice detail, love Godzilla, my kind of humour, good job Ken!

  14. The Amsterdam layout was very nice to see. Thank goodness that model RR builders are forgiving on items put on the layout being fairly close to scale. What with the Godzilla put there with good intentions, an not even close to scale according to the ship at dock behind it… Just tell everyone that is the SON of Godzilla.
    Your son’s layout is amazing to see he has such skill to put it together. He even shows it at train shows that is a cool thing at his age. One ? are all the buildings shown all from that downloadable website?? If not I could not tell the difference between them and the houses around them.

  15. Can you describe Ken’s work in one word … Masterpiece!
    W T G KEN!


  16. xecellent work as shown by the pictures. Also excellent work as shown by the video. Why do people always want to “destroy” a masterpiece in model railroading, kinda reminds me od Jim O’Connell from Santee,Ca. who built my Z scale layout. Every time he was featured in Z Track magazine with picture of his layout he would tear it down and start again. I never had the “giddy up and do” to hardly build a first one much less rip her apart and do it again.

  17. Ken, what a great job. The detail is so good, I cannot find the correct word for it.

    The video is a good sales pitch.

  18. Brings back memories of 10 years ago Winter, cold and the flight to the Philippines gets cancilled so we go in by train. The model you can almost smell the dodgy local cigerettes and the atmosphere in the Station. I couldent wait so dashed into the train expecting a modern toilet but was met by a hole down onto the rail!!!!
    Later on a train in China I met two lovely ladies who had borded a train in Amsterdam and were going all the way to Ho Chi Min City, what a journey.
    All the best

  19. Dear Ken

    What a brilliant layout. I can see there is an incredible amount of research, effort and attention to detail that has gone into it. I know Amsterdam station well and you have captured it perfectly. A great piece of architecture and worthy of modelling. If you get a chance to post a video of your layout that would be fantastic.



  20. amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. Working on a coal company community, I need a model of the old company store build in late 40’s or early 50’s any ideas?


  23. the lighting is just great, the detail in the buildings is so real.need to see more.

  24. You’ve created a masterpiece! Most folks would take a shop vac and vacumn all the “trash” left after construction, but you’ve left some of it that really adds to the realism. Perfect! I’ll have to give you 5+Stars. Keep the film coming as it shows all of us what CAN be done with a few pieces of paper.
    Thanks for sharing.

  25. Hi Ken — missed the original posting of your marvelous layout. Superior use of kitbashing skills, super detailing, weathering and lighting. Love the use of the bus/car system. Magnificent ambience too. What scale are you running? Just got to see your video – awesome! Can you post a picture or info re your track plan.


  26. Just one word AMAZING, I think your layout is the most lifelike I have ever come across, well done Ken.

  27. Love Godzilla in the yards. Nice touch.

  28. excellent

  29. This is the most amazing layout I have ever seen!! Absolutely brilliant!

  30. I can’t believe how realistic the trackside pics look. Difficult to believe it’s not the real thing. Everything looks “used” and “old”. Brilliant. Best I’ve ever seen.

  31. Fantastic layout, was in Amsterdam in Sept. and could really relate to the scenes on your layout. Would really like to see more of the overall layout as well.

  32. A video of Amsterken PLEASE!!!!!!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>