Cool hobbyroom

Didn’t get much of a narrative on the below, but I loved the pics so thought I publish.

“Thanks! Everyone has a hobby.

S Swetland”

photo 1

photo 4







“Easy way to soot engines and cars,use a hurricane light. Turn it up till you have black coming off of the flame, hold the item into the black till you get the desired effect. Spray with a sealer to hold effect.

Cowboy Up,


“Hi Al wasn’t happy with the steam tubes the way they sat so I cut the firewall back further and will replace the tubes with better ones.The front balkhead will fit back perfectly in place and will be left open to show the tubes for steam.maybe hang from a hinge or something.And the inside will be rusty brown as well as the rest of the locomotive.

Will dismantle parts and lay around and maybe sink the loco on a track on a slant in mud to make believe it is sinking and about to fall over to one side.Im also building a stil that will be sitting next to the engine with moonshiners.anyways you get the picture of a rusted abandoned locomotive sunk into the ground after years.


ho scale 005

ho scale 007

That’s all this time folks. Please do keep ’em coming.

And don’t forget the latest ebay cheat sheet. It’s here.



14 Responses to Cool hobbyroom

  1. Sue is what you could call a Hobby room

  2. cool man

  3. How did you light up the steel mill inside?
    I am working on an N Scale Steel mill layout, and that is an awesome affect.


  4. A wonderful layout & super cool hobby room! I am envious! Love the detail! What is the Prince Albert tin for?

    Thanks for sharing,

    Mike Luhouse,
    Outer Banks of North Carolina

  5. sweet hobby room and layout….lotsa great detail…!!

  6. Al,
    I am still amazed by the work and ingenuity these guy’s put into their layouts. There is no telling how much I have learned over the months, but it must be considerable. But I want you to know that I enjoy and appreciate your e-mails more than I can express. Please keep up the good work!

  7. love the hobby room. the steel room lighting very effective.

  8. Great layout and definitely the best hobby room I have ever seen.

  9. Hard to tell what it is…looks likes a film in ‘Panorama’ run through a standard lens. All v ertical and no lateral. ould like top see more

  10. Great pictures! Coulf I please see the layout plan? Also what a room! Great job! Cheers Rossco Adelaide SA

  11. Al,
    I’ve followed followed the posts to you for a couple of years. Today’s brought it all back to me. I worked for 42 years at one of Australia’s iron & steel plants. The photos shows what appears to be the cast house floor of a blast furnace. It was quite nostalgic! Other than that the whole effect of Dodge’s is very stunning. Well done, Dodge.



  12. So sweeeet, now thats a man cave. love the railroad lamps it adds so much more. It adds so much to the decor gives you that feeling your on the rails

  13. Alistair,It’s my belief that one of the great things one can do is make a difference to the world,or a part there of. And that is what you have done,and are doing.
    And every body who contributes does the same,but without you, well your railway family,and for me, thank you from down under. Ron.
    PS I’m an HO buff.

  14. I really enjoyed the pics. I liked the people and the effects. Train was great and his tip with the light!

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