Brian talks us through his layout

“Hi Al

This layout was started about four years ago on a wood framework covered with two inch thick Styrofoam and painted an earth colour.

Using this thickness foam allows me to cut down to water level as well as ditches, rivers and culverts without having to cut into the bench work.

The harbour areas water was painted with a green colour for effect until the whole area is complete and then will pour Woodland Scenics realistic water product into it.

As can be seen from the photos / videos, the layout is far from finished. The detailed buildings take up a lot of time BUT the layout is operational using DCC controls.

I have three controllers with access points around the layout and I am using the Lenz DCC system with full sound.

There are 2 Shays (3 truck), 2 Heislers, a C 16, a C 19, 2 Galloping Geese, a K 37, a 2-8-8-2 logging locomotive, all brass and painted and weathered by myself. I also have 2 Blackstone K 27 locomotives painted but not
weathered yet.

I have a lot of scratch built rolling stock, kit built stock and some coaches bought as is (Blackstone and PFM). A lot of the stock has self-made and self-designed decals for my logging road name (Cascade Creek)

Not all of it is on the layout at the moment as it is still under construction for scenery and buildings.

I will send more photos of the layout as it progresses.

At the time of writing this, I have written an article with construction photos (pdf format) on building the 2 stall engine house kit (Fine Scale Miniatures kit – 1974 era) from start to where it is at present. All that has to
be done to it, is wire up the lights under the layout, add the dirt around it and then put the final details on the outside of it. Then the article will be complete.

Btw, D & RGW (Denver & Rio Grande Western) on my layout stands for Dangerous & Rapidly Growing Worse.

I hope that the above information will help with what my layout is all about.

Al, use whatever what you want/can of the info sent for your website.

As always, keep up the excellent work so far.


New and updated ‘ebay cheat sheet’ is here.

I enjoy the ‘talk throughs’ and work-in-progress pics just as much as the finished layouts. Big thanks to Brian.



12 Responses to Brian talks us through his layout

  1. Good work Brian, keep it coming.

  2. Brian,

    The structures are terrific; the detail.
    I can’t wait for more photos and film.

    Thank you

  3. nice layout i like how every thing is do with working and the trains are doing there job
    keep up the great work there seems to be a lot to do and many more years of enjoyment.


  5. The layout looks good, now. When it gets more scenery & buildings get done the layout will look outstanding to show to your family & friends. Keep up the great work.

  6. Really enjoyed seeing it, Brian!
    Hope you continue to develop your ideas.

  7. Great work! Where did you get the old cars in the scrap yard?

  8. I have an o gauge layout and I am about to start an HO. I was also planning to lay 2″ styrofoam onto my base before starting. Glad to see it is working for you. Thanks for posting you have a great layout in progress.

  9. Well thought out and excellent attention to detail. Makes me want to start over, but life is not like that.

  10. Very nice Brian! You are obviously very talented. I look forward to more vids as you progress. Peace

  11. I see that you are doing the Denver and Rio Grande. I am planning to do the Denver and Rio Grande, circa 1900. Hard to find engines and cars from that time period. Where do you buy cars for the Denver and Rio Grande and how do you know that the cars are from that time period?

  12. What type of paint did you use on the Styrofoam?

    My (just started) almost 4×8 N scale is being built on top of 2.25 inch (3 layers of 3/4 – easiest to transport and work with for me, and nearly the same cost. Plus in Florida it is hard to find 2″ insulation

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