Chris’ made to order layout

Chris has been in touch. He’s the chap that makes layouts to order. He’s in the UK:

“Hi all,

take a look at the layout i have just finish for a buyer in Leed’s.

He had a 5×5 N gauge to start with then had to do a second part of a 3×5, and now he is think about going 4×5 more.


It’s a cracking layout. But I’m sure you’re all thinking what I was: How much did he charge? Here’s what Chris came back with:

“Hi its an 8×5 n gauge with working car lights,street lights,house lights, also comes with working points gaugemaster Q controller its a 4 track layout & it cost with my time £2100 that is with table legs. Many Thanks, Chris”.

That’s about $3,234 US dollars in case you’re wondering…

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Thanks to everyone who has mailed about the the old railroad station too.



19 Responses to Chris’ made to order layout

  1. Gorgeous work Chris !!

  2. Great looking!

    I wonder however why we always try to cramm as much scenery into a lay-out as possible.

    A rural lay-out with less buildings and stretches of track going through “simple” terrain at least appeals to me.

  3. Very nice work Chris , think you could get a few orders from this, well done , and for the time and effort the price is not high

  4. Firstly I agree with Jan, Rural scenery would look much better to me. Too any Metcalfe card buildings for sure, even though Chris has done a very good job of building them.
    Trackwork looks easy for a novice to watch the trains run around but after visiting many exibitions and seeing what can be achieved, it looks extreemly expensive to me.
    Well done though, the actual standard of work looks high.

  5. Very fine craftsmanship. Beautiful work.

  6. Nice clean look! I like it!Everything in place..Good job!

  7. Very nice,how big is it.thanks for showing it.

  8. The word Al used “Cracker” yes, a fine fit!
    Detail: superb; nice work. WTG Chris.

    I like a blend of both city and country; now, that is for me.

    Pictures are great, thanks for sharing.



  9. Chris it is a very nice addition for the price. I was wondering if the customer ever considered weathering just about everything on his layouts to make them look more “lifelike” when he shows off his newly expanded layout. I also noticed in one shot his display cabinets in the background. Looks like he is also a toy collector.
    If it is OK with everyone else I would enjoy a group of shots or a video also of them.
    But keep up the great work u do on your customers’ ordered layouts by showing us before and after shots for us to see.

  10. nice layout love the detail need photos of trains on the layout would finish it off for me, lighting great ,.keep up the good work you can never put a fair price on a layout due to labour of love


  12. Beautiful handiwork. Wish I could do the same. I llike a more open layout myself. Does this cost include the running equipment?

  13. I suppose if you have the money, but not the time, then you have no other choice than to get a layout built for you by a proffesional modeler, then go for it, as between you, your both getting a result favorable to what you both want.
    The customer gets a layout and the modeler gets to build a layout he enjoy’s doing. So I wish you both all the best.

  14. I’m inclined to agree about the number of buildings, but then I’m a Trainer rather than a Modeller, and like just sufficient context to see the trains running without hiding them in scenery. Presumably it’s what the Customer ordered, so it’s right! And there’s always the problem of what else you can do in the central area of a circuit where the curves are too tight for track (unless you use a turntable!). Great thing about this hobby, there’s room for us all; and this is much better work than I could do. Fantastic!

  15. Well, well Another fine job youv,e got into!!!

    I really think you are to be congratulated on the wonderful layout that you have created.
    Never mind about any adverse comments I THINK ITS GREAT

  16. Likey Likey, a really great job,

  17. Great work and great value. I am very impressed with the work as always on the many superb layout that are regularly presented. I wish I had more time to progress my own work. Not wishing to be negative at all but as a point of info (coming from a construction background) cos in the end the details, I believe, do count. The girder bridge is very impressive and I am sure practicalities and availability prevailed but the girders should span between the supports. The bridge as modelled would fold up and collapse in real life as the ends of the lattice beams have to bear on a support as they have no top member at that point. You may well say, don’t be so picky but just trying to help. It could be solved by adding an extra top chord in between each lattice length to give appearance of a continuous lattice structure. Just a thought. Well done though – very impressive.

  18. I like the lllooonnnggg bridge.

  19. Hi all thanks for all the message’s and help full tip’s.

    To Martin yes there is alot of building’s and i would not go for a look like that my self as i like Rural scenery.

    To tuckman the size is 8ft x 5ft.

    To Glenn Roach the weathering is down to the buyer as it would take me alot longer to get a layout done, and alot of buyer’s wont layout’s doing in the fastest time i can do it lol.
    But yes i think he will spend time weathering as he play’s.

    To John Suther yes that price is with the running equipment.

    And to any one that messaged THANKS,and to Alastair Lee a BIG THANK’S for the time to add my work on the site and letting people know what i do.


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