Brian’s wharf layout

“Hi Al

Have been busy with a lot of things on the layout other than the wharf such as assembling white metal kits (woodland scenics) for the town next to the wharf.

Picture below is of the almost completed wharf.

All the best


“My Rail Road tip is the use of Coffee Grounds Sprayed White to appear like Snow. I use white liquid shoe polish.


“Hi Al,

Shell Hill is nearing completion. I thought some of your readers that followed my Expansion 2 series would be interested in how it is all turning out. I meant to include some tips and trick for modeling in this video, but it got too long, so am am preparing a separate video for the the tips and tricks. I should have it completed by this evening. Thanks again for your very useful and interesting letters and posts.


Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

Big thanks to Brian, George and Rob. In fact, a big thanks to anyone who’s ever contributed.

Please keep ’em coming folks.



24 Responses to Brian’s wharf layout

  1. Wow Brian and Rob, what splendid examples of what can be achieved with imagination and long evenings. Well I’ll get back to the the modeling work with your pictures and video to keep me at it.

  2. Hi,
    It’s good to hear somebody using the term “railway station” instead of the current usage “train station” even though the British accent needs a little brushing up!

  3. Nice opening for Shell Hill Station Rob , all come to-gether now , looking great , and Brians wharfe is first class both have done excellent work

  4. Superb, great to watch! Many thanks Jim.

  5. Great video. Please show more as you progress.

  6. Was that Tony Blair i saw at the Grand Opening?

  7. Brian, George, Rob,

    Thanks for the pictures Brian that wharf is great
    George going to try the snow tip.
    Great video Rob, looking good!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Thanks again Al for bringing it all to us.


  8. Breathtaking. The planning and quality of built makes me green with envy, but keep up the good work please.

  9. great pictures of the wharf and layout. nice to see some trains moving around love to see more as you both progress gives lots of ideas.


  11. Hi all, Because of an old farm house buning to the ground due to an unexspected
    chimney fire on a 31* below morning in 1951, I have always wondered how
    the many folk document & price their Model rail componets for Insurance
    purposes? My home insurance, AFTER several days of discussions, mentioned no
    premium increase, Just normal deductions, IF most all componets
    properly documented, a few pictures, age, priceed currently, and so on.
    Please advise of Your experiences!

    Duwayne Virnig

  12. Two fantastic layouts from Brian and Rob and another useful tip. Keep em coming.

  13. Great layouts, I can get some good ideas from them.

  14. A while back you had a train layout and they talked about the small movie camera that would fit on the train where and how can I get one, also there was one that had a small thing that recored sound that you could hide in a small building, I would like to know how to get one of these. I am 76 years old and am starting a layout and I have never done one before. So far all I have seen is layouts by the British don’t the US have any layouts, I would sure like to see some. So far I have built bridges, stone tunnel portals, trees, buildings, what ever I can as I do not have a lot of money, but I have 2 grandsons that I would like to have play with my trains, most are from the 1950 – 1960 and have been packed away for at least 50 years, but all run. Thanks and I love your model railroad stuff I read it every day. JIM

  15. The wharf looks brilliant, the model buildings are very realistic.

  16. Before you ever get to the opening ceremony you usually have the extravagant announcement, the carping from all sides, the dodgy consultant’s report, the Parliamentary committee hearing, and a round of high-level golden handshakes, before anyone puts a shovel in the ground. Modelling is so much easier!

    By the way, we wouldn’t have run fuel tanks (or anything, normally) behind the brake van on a freight train, as many freights only had part or none of the consist with a continuous brake. Lovely terraced houses, keep it up!

  17. Very nicely done, keep up the good work!

  18. Beautiful……….

  19. How big is the total space you are using?
    Where are you building this layout? ex.; basement,garage, spare bedroom?

  20. Are your trains standard HO scale?

  21. Hi Brian,

    I’ve been watching your warf scene come together for sometime now. Love seeing the progress and all the pain staking details, looks great please do keep them coming. Cary in KY

  22. You can get small camera car or a camera that can be installed in your own car at MicroMart. They are on the web.

  23. Very nice work. I like all of it, in particular the warf scene.

  24. Great job, Brian. Your weathering is outstanding.

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