Arnie’s amazing railroad layout

Have a look at Arnie’s layout.

Not only is he a fantastic modeller – he’s in to photography too. And it shows. Lots.

Hope you enjoy these ones as much as I did.

Hi Al,

I’m a relatively recent subscriber to your website. I’m very impressed with both the extent of information being provided by contributors and the no doubt hard work and countless hours you personally have put into making this project and website successful. I have recently been quite impressed with the work and layouts constructed by both new and experienced model railroading hobbiests.

I live in New York and have been an N scale model railroader for many years. I love the pictures folks have submitted of their layouts giving photographic reality to their creations. My layout was constructed about 10 years ago after about 2 years of work on it. Though I continually make small changes at this time (such as landscaping and other scenic details), it is otherwise complete.

Besides running my trains, I love photography and have spent much time taking both photos and videos of my layout. It is 8 feet by 5 feet with operation on two levels and much scenic detail. It has both lighting and sound effects. I am sending a few pictures of a general view of the layout and of some specific scenes taken using photographic backdrops when needed to enhance the realism I seek when taking photos. I hope you enjoy it.

By the way, my layout was featured in N Scale Railroading (May-June 2007 issue) as well as having individual photos published annually in the Walthers N&Z Reference Catalog over the past few years in the section on The Magic of Model Railroading. I hope you enjoy these photos (in low resolution version).

Keep up the great work you’ve been doing through your website. It’s an invaluable contribution to all of us model railroading hobbiests.


A big thank you to Arnie: an amazing layout and amazing pics.

Next -the latest installment from all round good guy and resident modeller, Big Dave.

“All up and completed again Alistair, for how long not sure?

All the best


Latest ‘ebay cheat sheet here’.

Keep ’em coming, everyone.



46 Responses to Arnie’s amazing railroad layout

  1. Awesome job, very inspiring :-)

  2. amazing layout, where can i get that building thats on fire from ??

  3. A great layout you have there Arnie

  4. What a fantastic layout Armie Thank you for sharing

  5. Amazing talent. Obviously hundreds of hours of finely detailed work. It is too bad that there is not a big market for this craftsmanship because those of you that have it would be rich people. I watch in awe at most of the work shown on this site.

  6. WOW!! What a gread looking layout, I for one am glad you chose to share it with all us on Allens list, Thank You!!

  7. Fantastic layout Arnie, everything about it is brilliant, love the water effect. Thanks for sharing with us.

  8. d to foot in pinch marks
    All the said marks are from where I had to keep pinching my self that this was a MODEL and not he real railroad
    Hearty Congrats to Arnie
    Would love to see the actual trackplan c/w dimensions
    Wherever did Arnie get the inspiration from Nothing shortof BRILLIANT

  9. Stunning layout Arnie,10 out of 10!

  10. That looks absolutely marvellous, like to know what size it is.
    Meanwhile, anyone know a good site where I could take up knitting ?


  11. Sorry, Arnie – didn’t read your post properly – of course, it’s 8ft x 5ft


  12. I had a very hard time pulling myself away from these pictures and the video.
    As I liked them all: the fire scene was a particular favorite as was the fire house in the background with the fire equipment in another photo. My career was in Fire/EMS Dispatch as a 911 Shift Spervisor. Was a Volunteer Firefighter/Medic: this is my 50th year associated with emergency services.
    Retired in 1997 after 31 years of service. Now an Associate member of my home town VFD.

    Arnie … my helmet off to you! N scale is not easy to work with … I know I am building an N scale lyout 3′ X 6′ Arnie: your photos are great … the detail in your raillroad is superb.

    Featured in N Scale Model Railroad and Walthers NZ catalogs must make you extremely proud of your photography and your awsome model raillroad … congratulations.

    I am going to find and purchase the N scale (2007) magazine so I can read the article and look at the pictures.

    Arnie, Keep up the great work. Thanks for sharing with us through Al’s webpage.

    Thank you Al for this opportunity to share in others sucess with model railroading. This site is worthwhile for any model railroader: novis or professional. A job well done!

    Dave thanks for videos … always great.

    keep on training,

    Tom N

  13. Arnie, let’s see some video from your layout. It’s awesome!

  14. I am like Gordon. That is one impressive layout. I to would love to see the
    trackplan. I am just about to start an HO and would love to copy this track plan.

  15. Stunning!, Great work Arnie!

  16. A pleasant way to wake up.A view of the past as real as it gets.Spent an hour looking over inches of detail. we need a museum of layouts like this not a huge running layout ala Germany.These are truly workas of art. Appreciate the great work.
    Thank You

  17. Am more than impressed!, am jealous. It is a dream come true. Congratulations.
    Paco Gayon

  18. What an awesome layout and perfect timing as I am helping my 10YO son plan and layout an N-Scale track on a 4×8 space. Anyone recommend the best place / website to buy Kato N-Scale tracks? Looking forward to hearing back!

  19. wow thats a super layout.sure hope mine looks a third of this i be happy.Fantastic photos.As well i keep looking at the photos.thanks lots Arnie

  20. My hat’s off to Dave for his stunning layout video. He’s captured so much fine detail and operational excellence. Love your capture of the scenic views that so richly endow the UK.

    And my many thanks to all who responded to my submission of pics of my N scale Susquehanna Valley & Gulf Summit Railway. I am humbled by the gracious positive feedback.

    In response to Gavin’s question, the burning building is by Model Power. It’s a 6 story bldg of which I only used 4 stories.

    By the way, to those who may be interested, I have more than a dozen videos on different trains that I videoed on my layout that are posted on Youtube. Just type in privprac48 in the youtube search box.

    Again, thanks to all of you for your kind words and a hearty congratulations to Al for making possible this forum for all us model railroading enthusiasts.

  21. Arnie, you n scale is not modeling at all. It is pure art. thanks.

  22. Looking at these photo’s is one of those things you don’t get tired off quickly. Simply amazing and an inspiration to us all.

  23. Another wonderful layout. Very inspirational. I would be grateful to see some benchwork photos for various layouts to help me get going. The benchwork is intimidating me. I know if I can get over that, I’ll be well on my way!

    Great site!

  24. FANTASTIC!!!

  25. Amazing layout, love the water features and the building on fire

  26. Wow!!!!! What fantastic detail. I am just starting out and this certainly raises the bar.
    Well done mate!

  27. These two definitely got added to my list of favorite model railways!

    Arnie – thanks for sharing. I love the distinct upper and lower levels in your layout, the awesome viaduct and the light effects. You mentioned that you have sound in your layout, but I looking at the control panel it looks like a DC layout. Can you please tell me how have you added sound to your layout – is it MRC Tech 6, or external sound system installed under the layout?

    Dave – A fantastic model you have there – love the sound and light effects. And I just love that bridge! :)


  29. Superb layout. Really impressed with the backdrops. Finest I have seen in a very long time. Where did they come from?

  30. Thanks for sharing such a brilliant layout Dave, but it’s not right!! I need to get back in the railroom and do some more work!! well done

  31. you did a great job on your layout. I see nothing but greatness about you layout.

  32. A beautiful layout.

  33. I don’t comment on many layouts but this is a great layout. Very detailed.
    Thanks for sharing.



  36. arnie i never seen a better layout it is fantastic,i would love to know how you got your smoke made it looks so real,you haved to send me some tips mate and what is the size ov your board,great fantastic hope to hear from you.

  37. Awesome Arnie! You would mind describing your benwork? How much is form? Woodland senic risers? Just curious . I have decisions to make shortly.


  38. Fantastic Layout
    Gave me a great idea for the same large bridge that I have.


  39. I love watching everybody’s layouts. I recently started with my new to me/ my MARX, 4340 scale Electric train set. I’m 62′ and all my life I always wanted a train set of my own. Well with all the kids grown up and gone. It’s my time, now. I’m building my train sets inventory, and buying lots of extra’s. Including lots of turns, straights, light towers, cars, trucks, etc. After I get enough items, I want to start my layout. I love watching all of the layouts, that you put online, for people to view. Thanks for sharing. Today I received 2 more cars, and my crane car. It’s awesome. Maybe I can make my dream come true, and actually have several trains to run on my layout, one day. Again thanks for sharing.
    Thanks: gonzalo.

  40. I have been looking for the layout guide to build this layout. Would you help me out?

  41. Dear Deve

    Thanks for sharing the videos. Fantastic lay out and no words to express the great work. I am a beginner and I am really astonished to see this layout and the efforts taken to bring out the reality. Thanks once again

    Sankaran PS
    Sep 13, 2015

  42. very nice

  43. is it n scale

  44. Just wondering how everyone cleans their layouts from dust?

  45. Keep up the good work, Arnie. I enjoyed your layout and your video. I am just starting and I am in the process of observing everything HO. Loved the arches that support your elevated your track. I may try todo that. Thanks for your ideas.

  46. I don’t think I have seen a better river ANYWHERE, thanks arnie.
    Lindsay in New Zealand

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