Even more railroad pics and tips

“I rebuilt the old 1950 lionel plastic train. I cut the train half and built the coffee sticks on the half train. And see the boxcars. I too rebuilt them. I removed the plastic boxcars. I kept the metal flatbeds and the wheels, built the wooden coffee sticks on the flatbeds.


“Hi …try this one ….made a set up with a lake in it …made the sunken row boats a dock pilings sticking up from the bottom ….painted all the under water sceanes..But here was the trick ..I made a whole in the deepest part of the lake
An put a plug in it ….then I mixed up enough clear wall paper ( cellophane glue )paste pored it in to where I wanted the water line to be an stopped … A few days later the top started to harden …an if you moved the dock ever so slightly the movement left like water ripples on the surface of the transparent paste ……when it got to the hardness necessary to hold the load I pulled the plug ….an when the unhardened glue ran out ….you could see through the top layer an see all the thing under water …..you know plants ,rocks, anchors

Let me know what you think


“Dear Alastair,

I enjoy all the tips and layout pictures and look forward to each new post. I have been working on my own 00 Scale layout since June. I came into the possession of a DCC Loco with sound in May and I was hooked. I immediately started planning my own. I decided to name it The Great Western England Railway or GWER. The area I am modeling I call Farland. The main Station is Farland Howe and the country station at the other end of the layout and the highest point on the loop is called Shell Hill. My wife’s name is Michelle, so Shell Hill. I hope you enjoy the pictures.

I live in Colorado, USA which is a long way from the UK, but I have traveled there many times and lived in London as a kid for a few months. It made a lasting impression.


Oh – and have you seen the latest ‘ebay cheat sheet‘? Worth a peek.

Please do keep ’em coming.



20 Responses to Even more railroad pics and tips

  1. very neat, look real

  2. Nice job you have done on your layout Rob

  3. A very nice layout indeed.

  4. Thank you,


  5. Congrats on a job well done (if, in fact, any set is actually “done” LOL.) Show us more as you have time.

  6. Hi Rob –
    The GWER is a beautiful layout, and I hate to be picky, but they don’t call them “railroads” over there. They’re called “railways”. Great job, though!

  7. Cracking layout Rob, like the buildings and your scenics are first class, keep up the good work.

  8. Very nice lay out. I see you took your time putting it together. I like what I see.

  9. love the shot of the farmer with the sheepdog and landrover. I also like the way you have blended the greens well done. Keep up the good work. Keith

  10. Hi Rob,

    Hard to believe you only began this layout last June. Obviously you are talented and have an eye for design and layout. Very nice …. keep up the good work.
    DCC and sound sure makes a difference doesn’t it? My last comment in no way makes any judgement on all the purists, it just my opinion and running trains should be fun after all since it’s ultimately your railroad and you can do it any way you want.

  11. Great layout & detail, I like the contours. It would have been great to have seen a complete plan of the layout.

  12. Great Western England? The GWR did not stop at the border – it goes to Wales as well!

  13. I Love the Great Western too!

    Hey Ritchie are you restoring that old tinplate Train?

    They are collectors items!

  14. Thanks for all the great comments! These pictures were taken last fall. For more up to date information about the layout, go to You Tube and search “Farland Howe.” I will send layout diagrams and a link to You Tube so you can see what I have been up to.



  16. nice layout and sentiment over names etc, maybe you are one of those Yanks that have a very understanding wife that lets you build a massive purpose built “SHED” next to your house just for a model railway(s),haha you lucky man keep up the good work, and how about a video soon Cheers jordy1

  17. Nice work on bringing God’s Wonderful Railway to the states..

  18. Can we see more photos of the complete track, not just small pics, it looks great, but I need to see more, so I can get a better idea of how mine will look.

  19. Very nice, I am copying most of these articles to remind me what I should include in mine-when I get that far. In the meantime pleas keep them coming, especially the written tips, I have one which will come as a surprise, even to myself when it happened. I have these HAND WARMERS, they are pads which when opened to the elements and rubbed become Hot. When that dies so’s to speak they go very hard to touch. When I opened one out of curiosity the material inside fell apart, Just the job for laying in between track sleepers. Waste not want not.

  20. So, so, so jealous, of all the railways I see on here, but my budget is tighter than a thing that is really tight, like a rubber seel on a hydraulic ram or something, finally have a space to do something AND the time AND a great creative mind but v,v,little to work with I would ask for unwanted spares that folk might have but couldn’t pay the postage, but nothing ventured nothing gained, so if by chance you are feeling benevolent and have more than you can use, my address is 2 Southpark court, CH44 6PL. I realise its really cheeky, but any help would be hughly appreciated.
    Thanks and sorry Darrel Wright.

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