Even more layout pics and tips

“Hi Alastair.

I’ve been following your posts for some time now and wow there sure are some talented people out there.
I started a model some years ago which also featured a lake, that was about as far as it got, then we moved house.
Re kindled again late last year and I have used the lake again, albeit in a different place on a new model.

The lake in the picture was made on a bed of plaster to give contour effects then painted and layered in about 15 coats
of varnish to give depth. A little blue looking at the picture but in the flesh it’s quite a dark green.


“I used brown sewing string around my telephone poles and power lines. I also took 2 plastic ho automobiles and melted the front ends together with a lighter to simulate and accident. Had police and ambulance at the scene. (of course everyone was ok)


“Hi Al,

I noticed from the comments about the glowing fire box effect, that some of the guys said” it was too bright and I should tone it down a bit”

So I did, I painted red paint on the light bulb, here is the effect with Hornby pug 0-4-0st number 51240.

It is shunting it has track cleaning car in front and a van behind it.


“This is a half done hydro power substation with working warning light near the shack.And barbed wire with rolling gate.I also includeing my home satilight dish.I also have made up some bungalow’s.Did 3 in a few hour’s and are made of balsa wood.If you would like more detail to any of these build’s let me know.


“Hi Alistair,

Just uploaded this video to youtube , showing how to add lights to buildings , and also how to put flashing lights on to a car very cheaply ……



Latest ‘ebay cheat sheet‘ is here.



4 Responses to Even more layout pics and tips

  1. Re: Lighting for the fire box.
    I would think the reason for the light in the fire box being too bright might have to do with the camera trying to compensate for the darker surroundings which would tend to make any lighting appear to be more brighter than it actually is. Other than that, the layout is absolutely amazing. The added lighting gives the layout “Realism”.
    As always, keep up the great work

    From Winnipeg, Canada

  2. Al,

    Thanks for more great information and vide into the world of model railroading. Thanks to everyone for your willingness to share.

    Thanks again!


    Tom N

  3. Your lay out has come a long way. It’s looking great always glad to see more. Thanks for letting us see your good work.

  4. Hi Al

    Love all the info being put out especially as I am about to embark on building a new 8′ x 5′ “00” layout in my garage, so all the tips are wonderful. However for some reason the video on this dispatch and other recent ones received does not play for me – has anything changed in the formatting or video system being used?



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