Another update from Alan

I got this in from ‘J’. It’s short and very to the point – but looks great!

“This lake is made from left over marine varnish. The color is from dried boiler sludge.


marine varnish lake

“Hello Al.

To continue the tour of my South Wales layout, I’ll start at the station terminus. I deliberately did not put in a run round feature so that it would create another shunting movement for the station pilot. When a train arrives at the buffers, it uncouples and moves forward to an isolated section of track operated by a switch. As it is DC operated this is essential. When the coaches are taken away, the loco can go to shed.

The 3 way point was retro fitted so it was too difficult to fit point motors below so I had no option than surface mounted ones. The scratch built signal box hides them.

Most of the rest of the pics speak for themselves as I have annotated them fairly comprehensibly.

I have just taken delivery of some sea foam trees, but they havn’t been planted yet.

The final instalment will follow in a few days which will include pictures of the fiddleyards.

Happy modelling


















Thanks to everyone. I’m deeply envious of Alan’s set up and chair!

And have you seen the latest ebay cheat sheet? It really does go banannas at this time of year.

Keep ’em coming.



22 Responses to Another update from Alan

  1. Wow. Great job. But one question. Where the heck do you get “dried boiler sludge”??? And what kind of mind thinks of using it on a railroad layout? It looks great. Would be hard to find here since we don’t use boilers to power our air conditioners in Arizona!

  2. Bloody fantastic mate. The overall views of the layout are extremely good and inspiring. Good luck with it all. I will patiently wait for the next post of the fiddle yards.

  3. Well done Allan with the imagination and sideways out of the box thinking. Keep up the good work and cant wait to enjoy your next video of fiddle yard also gives me incentive to do a bit more painting preparation in my new railway cellar, cheers mate: kind regards Chris aged 66 and due to start 10th layout over my lifetime both here and in different countries.

  4. Splendid layout! Do you have a trackplan you could publish???



  5. Fantastic layout mate. You seem to like doing the additional scenic items and stuff yourself instead buying them. This is where innovation gets in and the time is usefully spent. It gives a lot of satisfaction as well. I do the same.

    keep up the good work.

  6. Fantastic layout.

  7. Well done its fantastic wish it was mine.

  8. Marvelous work! I am especially impressed by the way you’ve integrated your nicely detailed 3-D structures and scenics with the excellent backdrops. Any chance you might be able to share some detailed photos and maybe even a few how-to tips?

  9. wow..wotta killer layout….Alan is REALLY good at this….
    cant wait to see the fiddle yardsf

  10. What a great job, and a lot of simple – easy tips Nice work Steve R UK.

  11. very good work. Are both these layouts complete circuits do you use a trap door to get inside, if so what conections do you use to complete the electrical circuit opposite the hinged end of the trap door on the layout.?

    .Peter J. Little bit of England, Whitby, Ontario Canada.

  12. Very nice. Work of art.

  13. what a very nice layout unbelievable scenery. the photos and notes make it really understanding need more inspiration.

  14. nice railway

  15. Extremely creative, one of the best ever. Blows me away!

  16. Vey nice layout. The second picture is of a control board. I can see the switches and lines representing track, but I cannot read the words on the board. Can we see a larger photo of this board. Also are the toggle switches Single pole Single Throw (SPST) switches?

  17. Thank you for another year of great model train pictures and how to information.

  18. Incredible attention to detail, well done indeed!! Norman UK.

  19. Looks Great . I am bulding my first train set for my 2 grandsons . where can I get a layout book that shows what tracks I need Ho scale

  20. I model in 00 scale so don’t really know about H0, but PECO publish track plans, maybe they do H0 as well or you could scale 00 down.

  21. A very nice layout you have built there Alan ..Dave

  22. Oh go on Alan, how hard would an inspection pit be? Hole drilled at each end, piece of ply across the rails as a bearer for the guard, and jigsaw through the board just inside the chairs. (Runs away and hides!)
    I see you too have instructions on your panel to help manage the three-way point, I have two of the darned things in my fiddle-yard and wish I didn’t, confused the operators mightily at our first exhibition recently.

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