Brian’s layout pics

“Hi Al.

may like this one. a cctv camera made from one piece of just snap it down in place add a tiny dot of instant glue and presto cctv camera for traffic.

just paint it add a lens and black cable and looks real anough.

this first pic is of a one piece plastic.the white cctv camera is made from two piece of aluminum from a food container and was a bugger to build.stick to the plastic.

Al I have a slide rule but don’t understand the numbers it’s giving me.Have any idea what 0.1.0 can build anything but cant understand a bloody slide rule.


“Hi Alastair,

A few photos of areas around my layout.



(Images are clickable)

“This is a video of my train. I make all my buildings with “foam board”. I make the images for the buildings on my computer. The current layout is on plywood in an ” E” format.



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44 Responses to Brian’s layout pics

  1. Both Brian and Wayne have great layouts

  2. really great pics, &advice! thx. awesome layout, so close , tight turns, with short loco’s. over the top.

  3. Wayne,
    Consider letting your trains make their moves by not moving your video camera so much – the movement of your great collection of trains combined with the constantly moving video isi difficult to watch. And when you do pan your camera do so very slowly…I think you will get better results. That said, I enjoyed seeing your layout.

  4. Well done, I really enjoyed seeing an 027 layout. Keep up the good work.

  5. Wow, Wayne. Great layout!!
    What is the total dimensions?
    How many trains are you running all at once?

  6. Great job Brian and Wayne. Excellent ideas from both of you.

  7. Amazing details Brian. The scene at the dock really intrigues me. All you scenes are fabulous.

    Wayne, wow. Really fun layout.

    Thanks to you both for sharing.

  8. great photos and a very busy lay out well done. peter norfolk uk.

  9. How did u make it look like wood inserts in the shed as looking to try and do concrete new to model railway building and now really hooked can anyone help many thanks

  10. WOW so busy! I love it.

  11. love the photos, especially the interior view of the engine shed, please keep them coming, a great inspiration for us all

  12. neat harbour

  13. Bloody hell, what a layout, fantastic, as for counting the number of trains, forget it, I got dizzy trying to count them, well done, both layouts are just super,

  14. That is tremendous.Couldn’t figure if there were a couple of different layouts in there.Were the elevated tracks totally seperate from the main level? Regardless a lot of work involved in running that or have you used DCC?

  15. The detail in Wayne’s World was fantastic, that is a life’s work for sure – great job

  16. Addressed to Kim:
    You have a very nice touch for delicate work.
    A slide rule is used to calculate numbers, equations, etc. It is useless as a measuring tool.


  17. does anyone know what you buy to make fake water???

  18. Chaotic – but loveable

  19. What an amazing fun layout…! I was wondering if anyone in UK was making this scale track and uk rolling stock? Ian

  20. Hi Wayne
    Very nice layout
    what scale is your train.
    How many trains do you have running in your lay out!
    Keep the good layout (work !)

  21. The best and busiest layout I have ever seen! I love this gauge or scale Wayne. You my friend are a real train man. Please continue and show more of your work! The best I have seen here. Thanks, Mike

  22. Thanks, I enjoyed both items.


  23. Wayne:
    You must have used “P” for plenty as you designed your multi-train layout. Controlling that many trains is a task I do NOT want, but enjoy the work of others showing it can be done without crashes/wrecks. Keep up the great works and remember what makes YOU happy. Running trains is FUN-for others it may be background or layout scenario’s and ground -works. Thx for sharing what you have as is. Continue your wonderful work. I personally enjoyed your layout. Harold Jr.

  24. FINALLY !! —an 0/027 layout we are seeing here. I couldn’t begin to draw the layout but I can see that it is a FUN layout.. I like the multilevel effect…just like the 50’s in the department stores. Show us more !

  25. Wayne-
    Is the layout 16feet across the back and 12feet on the outside edges or less ?

  26. I’m becoming a bit disenchanted with minimum radius bends and over-cramming of layouts to get everything in. Sometimes, if you have limited space, less is more! …and it looks so much better!

    Wayne has a great collection of rolling stock and engines, but nothing looks real when it’s moving at a frantic speed, or operating on track that has overly tight bends – but whatever floats your boat is OK I guess. His scenery is pretty minimalist as well, and I’m guessing he’s more interested in running trains than in modelling scenery.

    I prefer the “talented Dave” approach, where the compromise between realism and space, and running trains, seems to be much better.

  27. nice layout how old are those lionel trains??

  28. Wayne’s layout looks extremely busy. A lot of thought & work has gone into this

  29. Looks like a lot of fun is being had. Ignore the negative comments!

  30. Wayne…

    Such a vintage look. Reminds me of a Lionel Model Train display at Christmas. All those trains moving around the layout in different directions including the trolly that automatically runs back and forth. Brings back fond memories. Thanks


  31. Wayne,

    So it appears that all of your trains are running on separate/designated tracks (i.e. they never share the same track), am I correct in assuming this? How many transformers are you using to run all of this and are they simply running conventional or are you running them using DCS or something like that?

  32. Ya gotta love the interior detail of Brian’s engine house. Fantastic!!!!!


  33. Brian, love the details!! Especially the dock side scenes and the engine houses. Wayne, man you’ve got lots going on this layout, great collection of vintage items- a real joy to watch all the action. Thanks to both for sharing. Cary in Kentucky

  34. O-27 pretty much guarantees a “busy” and toy-like layout, but that is not a negative .It’s just fun, and particularly if you’ve got kids they will respond very positively to the energy of it all.

  35. Wayne,
    Love the layout. In the first place it’s o gauge, something you just don’t see that often. Second, l personally love all the trains going at the same time. Someone made the comment that it reminded them of the department store Christmas time layouts you used to see when I was growing up in the dark ages. Sorry but I think you can’t have too much going on. Keep up the great work.


  36. Well done! Just gave me more incentive to keep moving on my “O” gauge layout.

    You do not see many larger scale layouts there days.

  37. Lots of activity going on. Even noticed some engines I once had.

    Brian it boggled the mind the detail you manage to put into all your models.

  38. Wayne, I agree with the person who said you jump around too much. Put the camera on a tripod and follow one train at a time. Also by jumping around so much it was often out of focus.

  39. There is no right or wrong way to run trains. Some of us, are craftsman modelers and strive for realism, like George Sellios, and his Franklin and South Manchester, and some of us like less degrees of realism, but it’s the simple joy of seeing toy trains run in a miniature world we have created, and harkens back to our childhood and the amazement we felt seeing electric trains. I remember it was 1955, and I got my first set of Lionel, and my brother saying he had to fix them, when by fixing he meant using up all my smoke pellets, before I got to play with my trains that Christmas.

  40. Wow, very interesting and fun. I really like the details. Great harbor scene and engine house. Thanks for sharing.

  41. At the back end of Wayne’s layout you can see a trolley car moving back and forth. I assume it hits a bumper at each end to reverse the polarity. I haven’t seen such an item in HO scale and was wondering if anyone had any idea of how to BUILD one? Obviously you’d need a dpdt switch at each end or somehow install the dpdt in the car itself. but I can’t figure out how to activate it when the car reaches the bumper and how to wire the two bumpers together.. Any ideas/help would be appreciated

  42. There are several auto-reverse circuits available that will do the back-and-forth control for you (for example, the Digitrax AR-1); the one I use relies on a pair of photocells and kicks a relay to reverse the DC polarity. That’s probably less damaging then hitting something with a physical stop at each end of travel.

  43. Would love to see track layout plan , and some wide angle shots to see how to comingle different heights of tracks . you’ve given me some ideas but I’m not a track engineer , have to have a visual to figure it out . this is for Wayne .

  44. A question about Marklin track. Is there a way to convert the 3 rail Marklin track to DC

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