Another dose of railroad pics and tips

“Hi Al, I have been using foam scenery for years. If you wish to make a mountain or a river, you just add foam sheet or cut away foam sheet. I also use foam in a can as can be seen in the photo below. Once it is set, I then carve it or sand it to what I want and them paint and add greenery.


Another reason to use foam, easy to cut out for building placement.”

“yes one tip is when making model houses use saw dust mixed with
pva clue and paint it on to the model to look like pebel dash .when dry paint
it looks like the real thing any more tipsi have i will send. thanks


“Love the tips. Here’s one.
When buying a used DCC Locomotive, try to find out the DCC Decoder address is. It makes it a lot easier to either use that address or re-program.








Thank you so very much for publishing my musings in your newsletter recently. The response has been overwhelming. It has really inspired me. I got my new camera a few days ago and this is the first I have had a chance to try it out. It is very compact, but so far I am very happy with the results. It is much better and more convenient than the mobile phone camera I was using before.

I have spent a good deal of time working on my layout, Farland Howe, the GWER, and developed a couple of ideas some of your readers may enjoy. I have not done the promised color palette mixing video yet, it is coming soon, but for now see what you think, From the very beginning of building the GWER, I have tried many means to make reasonable hedges, affordable, fast and convincing. I think I have stumbled onto a technique that fills the bill. I also developed a means for tunnel entrance liners to give the tunnel entrance a more realistic look. This is not for the whole length, just at the ends where people can readily see it.

A good modeling to you,


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Thanks to everyone. Please keep ’em coming.



15 Responses to Another dose of railroad pics and tips

  1. I’m currently building my mountain out of foam and I really like seeing how other people use foam.

  2. Great vidio.

  3. Fom may be a good idea BUT please be very careful when using it as most foam no matter what it is and what peope say is very much a Flamable item and will go up in flame at a blink of an eye, yes some foam does only smolder but that is only until it is hot enough to burst into flame, so fellow model railroaders PLEASE PLEASE be very careful whem using it.

  4. nice car and layout

  5. Good info-will be using on my layout-soon

  6. Nice video, Rob. I’ll remember your tunnel entrance & hedges.

  7. good tips on hedges and tunnels

  8. I like your tunnel liner, and your method for making it. It is a great idea, and a very informative video. However, I have one suggestion to make the form work easier. When you cut out the form, keep the part that you cut out, and add spacers to it like you did with the base of the form. When you glue up the 3 layers of paper, simply drop in the other half of the mold. The wood lost by the saw cut will make room for the layers of paper.

  9. Using that commercial Insulating Foam is an OUTSTANDING idea that should save everyone who is or just starting to plan out a layout using that foam should save a few $$$$ in the building/expanding a layout. The one idea is to watch out an spread the word to friends & family to also look out for any new construction going on. Contractors seem to throw away enough pieces that should save some $$$$. This means U might have to dumpster dive or if u are lucky talk to the supervisor that U are interested in collecting the good sized pieces of the solid insulation and ask to throw them to the side of the dumpster and u will collect them every day or what ever schedule u can arrange with the super. keep to it to keep him happy that it is not piling up.
    The z scale in the suitcase is also an OUTSTANDING also. Keep up the great work U are doing on your layout and sharing with us also.


  11. I have used sponges cut to the size you want Using clothing dye for color you want Soak the sponge in to dye for about a minute or less Squeeze dry and dry over night Then white glue them to the area Work well for me

  12. Great idea for the “Brief Case Layout” Must be for ‘N’ gage???? What size case is that?? Might start to do it this week end….but first I need to buy an ‘n’ Gage set up. That should be fun ….especially since I have been O-Gage ‘Engineer’. I received my first train when I was 5 years old,,,,,now I just celebrated my 82nd Birthday!!!….and I still have that same American Flyer Passenger train with the “Freight Style” Locomotive, 1939 Vintage…and they all still work!!!!~ Since then I added a Lionel freight train with the Red and Silver ‘Santa Fe”, ‘back to back’ locomotives…..1950 or 1952 Vintage……I’ll have to check my papers.

  13. Reading the above, I had a thought which could give rise to response from some of you more knowledgeable viewers. Some of the foam insulating sheets have a foil backing. Would it be a good idea to build the base with the foil side down to greatly reduce the flammability of the foam? I am thinking about buying a thin sheet of foil faced foam and gluing squares of it on the bottom side of my layout for safety sake. Any comments???

    Keep on training,
    Carl in Kansas

  14. One more thought on the tunnel entrance. Why not paint it either dirt brown or rock gray?

    Back in training,
    Carl in Kansas

  15. I have been doing “n” Guage for fifty or so years. Changing “partners ” several times over my past, and consequently dismantling the layouts to move my stuff.
    I decided to make an outfit in a coffee table!
    Still working on it, but have the tracks etc. In. Trying to get the fortitude to start
    Making a mess with plaster etc. Have enjoyed your videos.
    It is still winter here in Victoria so might suck it uf and make the mess.
    The table is coffee table height, The outer dimuensions are 4 by 2 1/2 feet.
    Inside there are two levels, an industrial valley surrounded by “mountain ” and residential .
    The table has a very nice bevelled mirror insert top. The original plan was to clear the glass or replace it.
    I hope I make it to the end? Mike.

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