Arnie’s latest video

“Hi Al,

It’s been a while since my last contact and submission to you. However, I just completed a new video I thought I would share with you and the readers.

It’s entitled, “Life on the SV&S – Past and Present.” It’s a sort of fictional historic perspective of the Susquehanna Valley on my N scale layout; the locale, its people, scenery, wildlife and the trains that have traveled the region from the steam era to the present. I apologize that it’s significantly longer than my previous videos. I composed it of ten small segments, but decided to put it all into one comprehensive video in order not to lose the sense of continuity I wanted to capture. I hope you and the others will agree with my decision when you see it and I hope you enjoy it.



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Hope you enjoyed it as much as me.



80 Responses to Arnie’s latest video

  1. Fabulous video and terrific modelling.

    Thanks Arnie – brilliant job!

    Dave G

  2. hi can you tell me please where you got your tanker track cleaner from thanks Paul

  3. Nice one Arnie

  4. that was amazing..your talent is off the charts! how you work with small things so well,i have trouble with my O scale…lol thank you

  5. arnie you have a terrific layout it must have taken you awhile to put it together

  6. Best video seen. Not only brilliant, but so informative on the history of American railroading. Keep posting video`s

    Brian T

  7. That is simply amazing.

  8. Arnie
    Thanks for shareing this vidio .What a magnificent sceenic layout something to be proud of well done mate

  9. Great modelling and all in ‘N’ scale.

  10. Nice job. Very life like!

  11. very creative

  12. Hi Arnie…fantastic and makes me want to switch from 00 (HO) to N Gauge.
    What size is your layout board?
    I know it’s a fictional layout but do you live in the Susquehanna Valley because when I worked for “West” in the UK, I visited some of their USA sites which included Williamsport and Montgomery PA, and I believe these places are in the Susquehanna Valley and looked fairly similar to parts of your layout.
    Anyway, great stuff and keep putting the videos online.


  13. Really wonderful as was the trip down memory lane. Railroads will be the next to disappear, or steel rails, will be replaced by trains capable of 500 mph running on thin air. 250 mph + railess trains are already running. Before the end of this century it could be possible to go east to west USA in six or seven hours and say goodby to areoplanes. Sad, very sad.

  14. By far the best layout I have ever seen! And I am talking Eric’s and up. It really looked liveable, in just about every shot. The river looked very good with its falls and all of the rock ledges. Congratulations on a great job.

    Where did you get the high gray stone walls with arches in them, from the opening shot?

    Could you possibly send me a picture of the entire layout? I live in Frederick and my son graduated from York, so where are you located? Would you mind if I came up to see it? I mean by appointment of course. Just asking my friend, no harm, no foul.



  15. You should be in Hollywood! This is truly great! Oscarsw all round! D/


  17. Thanks Arnie for the wonderful treat in modeling and video making
    You have a great talent.


  19. Of all the video’s I have seen this one is far out in front. The photography is fantastic. Great job on the scenery.
    I am in process of rebuilding my layout and I hope it ends up close to what you have shown,
    Great Job!

  20. Would kinda’ like to know how large this layout is? There’s a lot of stuff in what appears to not be a giant N layout. Incredibly skillfull scenery work. Did you use a lot of foam for carving or?

    Nice work!


  21. I loved it! I’m going to tear mine down and start over so this is the perfict example to start over. I think I will model some of the bingham caynon copper mine (were i worked for 34 years) and some of the towns of bingham, copperfield and highland boy. this layout of yours is truly amazing and is an inspiration to me and probibly many others. PLEASE DO NOT STOP POSTING thank you Arnie.

  22. There are not enough words in my limited vocabulary to express my wonder of your accomplishments. Your modeling skills are second to none that I know of. Your story line and video were absolutely fantastic. The layout itself is incredible. Your water features are so life like. I’d ask how you did that, but that info is probably a guarded secrete. Superb job!!!

  23. Thanks for sending this. It is a wonderful layout and an informative piece of footage. The modeling skills Arnie has really makes me jealous.
    Thank you. Ben

  24. Just stunning. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful layout.

  25. Wow, I take my hat off to you, what a great layout, I wish I had the funds to get on and start building one, its so pricey in the uk now.

    This is a real inspiration though, great work.


  26. Fantastic Arnie, true inspiration

  27. Arnie, That was GREAT. Your film and layout are really great.

  28. What a great layout. Arnie’s cliffs and rocks are superb. I wish I could get mine to look as good.

  29. This video is amazing the story line is better than some movies i have watched. the model making just blows me away. i have friends could not believe it was a model . you seem to have a another talent making videos . i use this video on our running days .i would like to see a video of the hole layout from above it would be so calming and peace full thanks alot .

  30. A really great representation of the Valley and the transition of railroads in the Pennsylvania/New York mountains area.

  31. Thanks for taking the time to share railroad history in such a dramatic way. Absolutely FABULOUS video.

  32. That is A great layout. Superb..Thanks for shareing!

  33. I add another vote for FABULOUS! What a great inspiration for any modeler!
    Thank you

  34. Beautiful layout, love it. And a historical adventure to go with it, awesome. Last weekend I tore down my huge oversized HO Scale layout. Stretched out, it would have been 4 feet wide and 41 feet long. Since then, I have rebuilt another layout, but much smaller. An L shape and now lots of buildings to choose from to go on the new layout. I love railroading. Went from a ten track wide rail yard to a four track. Running DCC and love it. Actually, love the smaller version I am running now. And my basement sure has lots more living space. Loved the video Arnie.

  35. Brilliant video showing a brilliant and enviable layout. Great inspiration for all us railway modellers!! Thanks



  38. What a brilliant way to present your layout Arnie. You have thrown down a challenge for us all to try and match.

  39. Very well done. It is very organized and thought out.

  40. This is the best video I’ve seen yet. It should have won an award or something. It has renewed my train spirit. Keep them coming.

  41. Fantastic layout can you let me know track work you used build your layout.

    I work with Fleischmann track and points and crossovers but after a few years the point springs go soft and the points stop working as you cannot get inside the point as it is a sealed so they are no good.

    I work with dcc as you are,i`m using EX ROCO unit to control my locos.

    Will you let me know what track you are using please.

    Thanks. Michael

  42. This is absolutly stunning and definately is one of the best I have ever seen. the amount of skilled modeling work gone into this is incredible. Well done

  43. Arnie – Great presentation of a Great layout…
    Thank You !!!

  44. Video and layout are very nicely done! Readily available comnercial products have been used to good advantage. As an aside, I’ve never understood why the manufacturers of “N” scale freight cars insist on not painting the roofwalks. The overly thick roofwalks stand out even more because they don’t match the roof color. Attaching roofwalks BEFORE painting would certainly enhance realism and would eliminate the need for painting them.

  45. Arnie, you’re my hero. Hard to believe so much in such a small space, even
    for “n” scale. Superb video and historic documentation. But, best of all, the
    details are what make it so great (waterfalls, fishermen, and the people are
    “doing stuff”-walking, waving, riding bikes, etc).
    thanks so much!

  46. Are you sure your name isn’t really Arnie Spielberg? That was just terrific. Thank you so much for your time and effort and sharing it with us.
    BTW, some of the trains and colors are familiar. Did you do the little film about a boy chasing a girl and they finally get together on the end of the train?

    Keep those videos coming, we love them.

  47. This is AMAZING! I was brought up in the area depicted. The towns and landscape brought back a lot of memories. Loved the history lesson also.
    This is indeed one of the best layouts I’ve laid my eyes on. You must have the patients of Job. Thanks.

  48. Having watched in disbelief that it’s a model Railway and not the real thing Beats the movies on Tele anytime xxx You have Engineering -History _ Wild Life -and fantastic scenery Seems to go on for ever but each time I see things that was missed 1st time round Absolutely Fantastic xxx Beats most of what we have i have seen on the best of English ones xxx Again thanks Arnie for an Education in what or How it should be done

  49. Was extremely impressed by your Fantastic Layout , Having moved house now to a Bungalow not a lot of room for a layout so have 2 sheds now joined to make one and am going to start again with a layout not sure yet how to work it but having watched your video, just wished had the room to do something like that but will have to be content with16ft by 10ft and see what to put in and try and make it look as impressive as yours looks, will be doing this on my own but will do the best I can. Your video is such a major production and the whole presentation is better than going to the Cinema. Perfection.

  50. wow, Wow, WOW!!!!!!

  51. I Must be sick ! I watched the whole thing from start to finish LOL 😉
    Great Layout and attention to detail….

  52. Great! Well done on a fabulous layout and some great photography!
    All of us out here in railway land get inspiration from this kind of stuff so please keep it coming. A novel idea showing the various stages of railroad development and it kept me interested all the way through. So many layouts – especially the German stuff on YouTube – seem to get boring after a few minutes and its then a repetition of locos going round and round. Switching eras made the whole thing way more interesting!
    Go to the top of the class!! 5 stars ***** !!!


  54. This video was absolutely fantastic. I’ve forwarded it to several friends. It also gave me some great ideas. Your layout is truly a masterpiece. The trip in time does so much for the modeler to think about. I’m in semi final layout stage…anytime you want to stop by, you’re welcome…

  55. Arnie:
    Job well done in the scale you have chosen. Great to see another AMTRAK buff that maintains the history in truth and facts. Glad you shared it with us all. AMTRAK like the rest of the world has to go thru our government. YOU know what that means………..Our systems are still the safest although NOT the fastest. The NE corridor will be the first to test our best systems if we can get it through congress for our own trackage. Hard to compete with BNSF and UP who own our world of real trains.
    Keep up the good work and thx so much for sharing your life with us thru your beautiful display and works. An avid AMTRAK model train owner since 1971…………………I too own like engines you displayed including several Red Nose E-8s &9s and many yard workers……………Harold Jr.

  56. My first commentary here. It was impossible to stay mude ! In N scale ! Fantastic. I hope to see more from Master Arnie. Thank You.
    from Brazil

  57. Very empressive job, I enjoyed watching this video. Absolutly supurb.

  58. I am speechless!!!!!

  59. Arnie that panning sequence near the beginning was soooooooo good because it`s so hard to keep a movement fluid especially at that scale and on that level! Truly excellent video my friend as all of us are saying.

    JohnE UK

  60. Stunning, thank you!

  61. Beautiful layout. I hope to get mine looking like that someday. Trying to fix the derails at the moment before I continue with scenery. Love it once again

  62. Arnie just blew me away with his fantastic video of his n- scale layout. what a wonderful and beautiful layout!!!!! and his superb video techniques were those of and expert videographer.

    Well done – I nominate Arnie for an Oscar award !!!

    I have viewed hundreds of professional videos, DVD, from many real railroad producers and would rank Arnie right with those.

    His railroad is a master peace of thoughtful and accurate depictions of his chosen era of small town country and rural life.

    Well done and my hat is off to Arnie.


  63. Beautiful layout and design!!! Makes me want to switch from HO scale to N scale.

    WELL DONE!!!!

  64. What a GREAT layout!!!!!!

  65. Can`t add much more I wish I could do half as good. Tom Payson AZ

  66. WOW. Simply fantastic. And the Oscar goes to Arnie, no question. Actually multiple Oscars; screenplay, score, music composition, cinematography, producer, director and best picture. Great video and historic information. Well worth the time and effort. And great work with the detail on the layout.


  67. Really great video and amazing layout! How many engines and cars do you have?

  68. I have seen a lot videos on layouts, this one is a keeper. The layout itself is fantastic with a lot of detail but unlike most not over done, it looks natural. I have seen only one better but it was in HO and built by a lot of people over 5 years.

  69. Great layout and especially the presentation!!

  70. This is one of the best have seen in some time. The sound was great. I live near a rail road and they can be very loud. I can feel the umble of the train when the trains pass by. Bill.

  71. Hard to believe this is N scale. The details on the layout are painstakingly brilliant, but also the sounds and realistic train speeds. A true joy to watch, thanks so much for sharing. Cary in Kentucky

  72. A really great layout and great photography. but i do have several comments. One you need a buffer car between the tank car and the caboose. Two since you picture late spring or early summer the male deer would not have there antlers fully grown in. The antlers are not that developed until fall.
    Sorry to be such a nitpicker on an otherwise beautiful layout.

  73. Simply outstanding!!!

  74. Beautiful layout. Great attention to detail.

  75. What else can be said other than you were a master at detail and modeling !! Your realism is off the chart .

  76. What a great video AND layout! It’s amazing you have done all this in N scale. Thanks a million for sending it in, and please, send more!

  77. Fantastic set up ,Truly realistic .

  78. I have not seen that before. What a stunning layout! The attention to detail is incredible. From the filming, it is not easy to tell what scale is being used. I would love to see the track plan of the layout. Well done, you must be very proud.


    Dirty Dave

  79. Arnie, the recognition of your talent has been well expressed by so many others, that I can’t add anything. But I will say that it was a pleasure ducking all the current news of the world and slipping into a suit of fantasy and history to escape it all. One can only imagine what your next video might be. Whatever it might be, I’m sure it will be delightful.

    Best regards,
    Marengo, IL

  80. Arnie, absolutely amazing.
    Thank you
    Franklin NC

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