Jeff’s latest update of his stunning layout

Remember Jeff’s layout? His last post is here. I do love seeing how they progress!

“Dear Al,

I started about 10 years ago scratch building the buildings, water tanks, windmills, etc. I handmade all the trees using balsa wood for the tree trunks and caspia for the branches. That part was very time consuming. I used Scenic Express foam to complete the fir trees.

I started the layout in February, 2014. I used the “cookie cutter” bench work idea. The layout is 14′ X 22″ with 325 feet of hand layed track. I think to date that I have installed 24,000 spikes by hand.

I just started with the scenery on the back wall along the backdrop (which I hand painted) and will move to the aisles. The rock work was all done by hand. I think I am about 1/4 complete. I will send pictures and updates as I complete more.

My goal is a logging narrow gauge to resembles the landscape of western washington. So I am modeling in the on30 scale and will be running Dcc Bachmann steam locomotives. Trying to model the late 1890s to the early 1900s.

Thanks for you interest.








An amazing layout. Just can’t wait to see the updates.

And now some shameless self promotion. A while back I was crying in to my beer about this site. But it was snatched from the jaws of demise by the ‘Golden Key’.

All the Golden Key does is allow you to search through every post I’ve ever done. So no more scratching your head about how to do something, or ferreting through emails.

Anyhow, I’ve had a few emails asking how to get. Just click here and it’s yours.

Keep ’em coming.

Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.



18 Responses to Jeff’s latest update of his stunning layout

  1. Well done Jeff , those scenics are superb ..Dave

  2. What a great job, I hope my lay out will be half as good as this one. Trying to get the garage cleaned out so I can get started. GREAT job Jeff…

  3. Nice job Jeff! I model the same scale/gage and era. having great trouble finding period people.

  4. Wow – looks great.
    Where do you acquire your backdrops please?

  5. I truly love the trees they look so real in the pictures great job, I would truly like to know how they are made. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Stunning is a great description,Farout hits it!! WOW!!

  7. Great layout — great job. I love to see creative genius at work. Just curious, what is the black tube on the ceiling in the second photo?

  8. wow stunning scenery work….lots of great detail….and I want the backdrops….!!!

  9. Hey Jeff, Being one that wants to build as much as possible from scratch, I am truly impressed by what you have done. Great work, my idea of modeling. I am 65, but when I grow up I want to be just like you.
    Don H. South Carolina

  10. There is a shop in Australia called Office Works. You can take a photo in and they will enlarge it and print it on canvas. You can use this as a backdrop.
    I am sure there are shops like this in the UK and other parts of the civilised world. Jeff’s trees look great. Go the Wallabies tonight.

  11. Wow!! One of the most realistic layouts. Congrats to you for your attention to detail.
    Can’t wait to see more.

  12. Outstanding Jeff! Exceptional work! -joe

  13. Hi, thei say the devil is in the detail; You must have martialled a lot of devils to be this good!
    Keep up the inspirational work

  14. Trees look really good. I too would like to know where you got those backdrops.

  15. Great I wish I could. Get get mine close to looking that great.


  17. once again great scenery

  18. Brilliant – It just gets better Steve R. UK

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