Jamie’s update


I think I confused you a few weeks ago with my updates. I was having trouble emailing to you. Enclosed are several pictures from my layout.

To answer a few questions from my previous post.

The “real looking trees” are actually “real sedum plant” flowers that are dried and then different grasses applied for color.

The layout utilizes both packaged buildings, kit-bashed buildings, and all scratch built structures. Figures and buildings are hand painted.

The story is a small Northern city area with 3 towns connecting to the “Big City”. These towns are Aurora, Waldon, and Buffalo Creek. Shuttleworth Pub is for my son-in-law who plays professional soccer in the MLS. The “circle” depicts a horse statue. The bronze horse was a gift from my daughter. “Paula’s” greenhouse is for my wife who has a huge garden in our yard.

This layout is 12’x8’ and is phase one… The second phase is beginning soon and will be 3’x25’ consisting of a switching yard and a portion of the “Big City”.


Bike Shop










Shuttleworth Pub-Cop

Jamie’s last update is here, if you missed it. Apols to Jamie if I’ve duplicated anything.

And now, Jake answers some questions on his layout (which is here).

“To answer a few questions posted on my photos, the derrick crane at the sawmill is from a Walthers kit (the building wasn’t utilized in this layout).

The vehicles used are made by Herpa, Athern,CMW and Wiking. Some of the trucks were purchased as cab and chassis, I built the beds for them, for example, at the time I fabricated the beds for the single axle dump trucks I couldn`t find any available for sale. Since then CMW has produced the `41- `46 Chevy dump, there are about 6 of these trucks in the layout.

In the photo of the trucks loading at the coal mine, 3 have beds built by me, the one with the silver bed is a CMW production,


Big thanks to Jake and Jamie! Both stunning layouts.

Please do keep ’em coming. And don’t forget to have a look-see at the latest ebay cheat sheet. Some cracking deals at this time of year. It’s here.



8 Responses to Jamie’s update

  1. Those are some of the best painted DPM buildings I have seen! I like yours better than the built ups that Woodland Scenics now offers.
    Great Job… Amazing layout!

  2. Beautiful layout! I love the Greyhound bus because I remember these. It looks like a Matchbox or similar die-cast car , is it?
    I don’t have a layout myself as I have no room at this point – can’t even get real cars in our garage because house in our area have very little storage, and in So. Calif. we have no basements and little to know attics.
    But my biggest problem I would have is deciding which era to model. I grew up in the 1960’s and traveled on the great California Zephyr and Santa Fe Super Chief, and up in the San Francisco area there was Southern Pacific, so I would have trouble just picking a railroad line to model in general! Someday I’ll figure that all out!

  3. very nice looking layout well done !!!!.

  4. Verey good i like it show me more and land skapes and tracks

  5. question —– which multi track controler with out going to dcc would you recomend for a 00 layout

  6. Also think the Greyhound bus adds so much to the layout! I recently saw that bus in a Walthers train catalog and ordered one for my layout. It is actually HO scale 1/87. I also remember many of those double-decker buses on the highways a few years back! Thanks, Al, for all of the great emails you continue to send our way.

  7. Very good looking. What is the scale? If people would mention the scale at the begining of their submissions it would be of help. This is a lot more impressive in N scale than it would be in LGB.

  8. Superbe!

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