Jeff’s layout in the making

“Trees are hand built with a balsa hand carved trunk, stained . I bought fresh caspia from the local flower shop and dried. After dried I painted with a craft paint in moss green, Then I installed each branch one at a time. When all branches were installed I used the green ground foam and the cheep hair spray to hold the foam. When dried I installed the dead branches. To date I have made more than 700 from 4 to 24 inches. Some have hand made eagle nests.

Pictures of scratch built bridges and trestle’s, researched university of Washington’s library on Washington’s logging railroads and found the trestle’s that were built in my state. I will send more pictures as I get more track and turnouts installed. I am hand laying my track and built my turnouts.

Some pictures of my hand painted backdrop.

Snohomish, wa”








Big thanks to Jeff for sharing. Loved the hand painted back drop – can’t wait to see the finished layout too.

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28 Responses to Jeff’s layout in the making

  1. Very artistic , well done Jeff

  2. Very nice work. Some of the best I’ve seen. Way to go. Thank you for showing me these photo’s.

  3. Jeff, you are not only a good modeler, you are an artist, love your work to date.
    Ron from Manchester.

  4. Very very good

  5. Out standing back drop. You are an Artist. Love the tower and wind mill. Looking forward to more pictures.

  6. Excellent work Jeff, looking forward to seeing the follow ups.
    Steve R. Sheffield UK

  7. Very nice! Reminds me of Snohomish! I went there with the family last December and the boys went skiing.

  8. Thank you for showing your layout and talent.

  9. Simply outstanding,a very talented person and a great looking layout.

  10. Jeff, your trees are the most realistic that I’ve ever seen. Could you provide pictures with the process in making them. I would greatly appreciate it. Your painted back drop is extremely realistic as well. Fantastic work and thank for sharing.

  11. Very nice backdrop. You should turn your artistic ability in to a business.

  12. Obviously Jeff has some pretty darn good talent! The mountains in the background look like real granite! Love the water tower. Keep us posted with more please.

  13. I agree you are more of an artist than a model railroader. very nice, professional. I wish I could do things that detailed.

    st Louis bob

  14. excellent scratch building and the detail is incredible….keep on ‘pikin’….!!!

  15. I agree with Ron. Jeff, you are an artist.
    Roland – Nashville

  16. very nice backdrops. the trees look great sounds like a lot of time goes into making them.nice work on the trestles. thanks Al for the email .

  17. Jeff, Everything is well done. That backdrop … should be framed and hanging on your wall. what a beautiful painting. When your railroad is complete … I can’t wait to for you to show case your talents. Hat off to a job well done until the finished product comes. Keep us posted. Thanks Jeff and Al for sharing.

    Best regards,


  18. Very nice to see someone who dedicates his own talents into his railroad layout.

  19. Looks great! Are you modeling narrow gauge O? The turntable is beautiful.

  20. Very nice modeling.

  21. You are the embodiment of proof that our hobby is 3D art. Superb!
    D/ Argyll, Scotland

  22. What a beautiful job with your back drop and all the scratch building. You have quite the talent on everything you’ve done. To be half as good as you, I would be happy. Please keep posting on your layout. Great job!!

  23. Outstanding!

  24. wonderful artwork, very realistic. and the trees are supurb.

  25. Very nice! I live on Vashon Island and would love to see your layout in person. My scale is S (A/F), but the background and trees are interchangeable, especially if you are in O gauge or Sn3.
    Dennis D


  27. Thanks Jeff and very commendable. I am in the process of building a 16 x 25
    foot HO layout in the steam era myself. Being a disabled veteran in my eighties
    (hopefully before my expiration ) and would like to include an old grist mill with
    a waterwheel using REAL WATER and a small fountain water pump. Since
    water is corrosive, is there a suitable substitute for water that you or some one
    could suggest? Many thanks and keep-up the great work. Frank Ervin

  28. Hi Jeff,

    WoW! What a great looking backdrop, it looks so realistic, as does your scratch built items, especially the turntable.

    Stemar, (Downunder)

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