Great looking scenery for your layout

Shelli sent this in.

I was in two minds whether to post it or not, because making trees’ is a subject you can only do so much on…

But – if you have a look at the end result, I thought it would be silly not to post: great scenery for next to no cost.

They look fantastic.

And don’t forget the latest ‘ebay cheat sheet

(Now with S,Z and American Flyer!)

Please do keep ’em coming.



PS. And a small indulgence if I may – I thought rather than scour Amazon for a good book I’d ask you kind folk.

Any suggestions for a good novel (or any good read)? Doesn’t have to be train related – but would help…

(Just hit reply to any of my mails and let me know!).

20 Responses to Great looking scenery for your layout

  1. Great looking trees, Shelli. We are always looking for ways to save a few bucks and still have authentic looking scenery. Good job. If you ever get the urge to make a video on this process, it would be very helpful. But, for now, the pix are good. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Now, that is a pretty neat process. I really like the finished product.

  3. I’ve been receiving youe e-mails for perhaps 6 months and find them interesting and stimulating. You end most with printable buildings that when mounted on card board could be used on a layout. The layout I’m planning is O-scale. How do I set my printer to print out facades in O-scale?

  4. Hi Shelli,

    Great lookin trees-just another way to make trees that I and a number of my train buddies have been using-we have a flower plant in the states-not sure if all of them,but here in Maryland,western part of the state,a flower called SEEDUM,to start a new plant just cut or break a stem from another planp,punch a hole in the ground and that’s all there is to it,come spring and you will have another plant!!and the best part is to break off the stem after the first frost,let dry and then paint the trunk first-next spray on White Rain hair spray,hand pump type works best,dip in find woodland scenic turf green,spray again with the White Rain and makes a great tree in about 5 minutes or less!

  5. really good pics on tree making, i can never get enough advice

  6. Great effects. Have been using this (these) techniques since 2004 after attending a model railway weekend with Dr Mike Waters in Oxford. Tricky thing is to get scale right for different gauges. I model in OO (HO) and Z.

  7. nice trees Shelli.

  8. Thanks for that fantastic video on making trees, and the music which accompanied it. I was looking at buying trees, but the cost is prohibitive, so this video was timely. Thanks Shelli!

  9. Clive Cussler has a series of books about a detective – Issac Bell set in the early 1900’s. Train travel comes into play In all the books. Try The Chase first

  10. WOW, that is awesome. Wish I had seen this before purchasing all the trees on E-Bay for my very large HO scale. And to think, I have everything in my shop to make them. Great job. Austin.

  11. Al,
    In regard to you request for a good book … click here for
    The Great Railroad Revolution … The Hisotry of Trains in America.
    by Christian Wolmer … hard cover copy around $20 paperback $13.

    Well written book starts from first railroad Baltimore and Ohio in the 1830’s to the expanion through the growth of the nation to about 200,000 miles of railroad interlaised around the USA how the railroads were very vital in the growth of our country up through the late 1970’s when automobiles, truck helped to dcrease the need for major rail … passenger and freight service.

    I think you will find it interesting reading … rolled up in historical overtones.

    Thanks Al for your site!


    Tom N

  12. Selli I can see a forest for the trees. I have a couple of brooms I was going to through away. Forget that!
    Nice trees, well done. Thanks for the info.

    Thanks Al for sharing!


    Tom N


  14. Nice trees. I find that I can use bunches of cinnamon branches from the dollar store which I then use to follow a similar process. Thanks for reinforcing what I am working on. I don’t feel so alone. Keep up the work and can’t wait to see more.

  15. great pics am just starting to add scernery to my layout this is a great help thank you.

  16. Very nicely done, Shelli. Using cast-off materials to make such unique and interesting trees is a terrific idea. Thanks for sharing it!

  17. you want to read a good book. Try “ALL HANDS DOWN”, it is about the sinking of the USS Scorpion, a nukie boat(sub). The reason I bought it when first out, I was in a round about way involved in this fiasco. I was assigned to the USS ORION AS 18 from September 1967 until March 1969, my active duty days. I was a 2nd. Class Boatswain Mate/Gunners Mate ( I jokingly refer to myself as the only BMGM in the Navy). I was assigned to the Armory aboard the Orion, or as we called her “pier 18 or the USS never sails. She was stationed in Norfolk,Va., my hometown. For another one if you have never seen Kalmbachs’ Building the N Scaled Clinchfield RR, it my be hard to get as there are no copies and Kalmbach no longer has the “dies” to make any more.

  18. For a mass of good reading I recommend the novels of Lee Childs. About 20 of them featuring the same character “Jack Reacher” . Reacher is an ex US military police Major who spends his time just wandering around America. He has a talent for finding trouble and of fixing it. Fast moving stuff and difficult to put down.. once you get hooked, you will want to read them all

  19. Nice job on the trees. Great tunes to go with it. Thanks AL and Shelli!

  20. Forgot all about Cussler’s Isaac Brown series…and i read a great one about some ruthless folks building a railroad !
    This series is interesting, fast-paced, and difficult to put down once you’ve started.
    I think you will enjoy!
    Dave, in NY

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