Lou’s stunning pics

We start today with Brian’s next installment on his scratch built engine shed:

“Hi Al,

Corner trim painted as well as the walls with the base coat. Roof window openings cut out and the roof is ready for the shingles to put on over the double sided tape.

Once the building is complete with all the doors and windows in position, it will then be wearthered with a black wash plus some other dirt.

Another 2 hours work under the belt. The shingled roof will take about 4 hours as it is laid strip by strip using Campbell shingle roll onto the double sided tape.

A good tip for using Double sided tape is, it makes the process much quicker and cleaner and the big advantage is that stops the roof from warping when painting it. I have learnt the hard way in the past.

Cheers for now until the next installment.




“Here’s some photos of an update on my layout.

Most larger buildings you see are laser cut using acrylic sheets. Wood loads and wire spools on rolling stock are also done on a laser cutter and I sell them for both HO and NScale. All track work and turnouts are hand laid using fastracks. The layout is divided into 96 blocks with over 400 led’s for true signaling. All touchscreen controlled using a proprietary processor that does not require a Windows or Mac based pc. The room is 16’ x 20’ HO scale.









Stunning pics from Lou – I would love to see some more!

Please do keep ’em coming, and before you go make sure you have a look at the ebay cheat sheet. Just some silly deals around at this time of year. I say grab ’em!



18 Responses to Lou’s stunning pics

  1. All I can say is: WOW!!!
    What a beautiful layout. One can tell from the pictures that you take pride in your work.
    Please keep the pictures coming.

    Bob (In GA USA)

  2. Very nice,can we see more.

  3. Hi Al, I am 55 and still in the work force. My youngest of four is a year away from college and I will have a lot of free time on my hands. I always can look forward to seeing some great work from everybody. Just wanted to say how much I appreciate the hard work that goes into putting everything together. The inspiration is overwhelming and is giving me thoughts of pulling out all my stuff after a two decades of storage. Have a wonderful holiday. Much Love to everyone.

  4. A really “fine-tuned” layout. Extraordinary detail! I’d love to see it in action in a video!!

    Florida, USA

  5. wow…Lou is REALLY good with the scenery…
    his tree/ground cover is superlative
    the structures are total inspiring
    and the scratch built bridges are…well
    too too koool
    keep runnin and wanna see more!!

  6. Hi Lou,
    Amazing and so detailed layout . How many hours have you put to this? Looking at it like a dream to me, I wish I could also do like this.
    Anyway, thanks for sharing pictures with us.
    happy Holidays.
    Ash from Toronto

  7. Lou’s layout is fabulous. Hope koto see more of it. Would be interested to know what type of points/ motors he uses?

  8. looking for G-scale straight tracks, 12″ or 36″.

  9. Good pictures of GREAT LAYOUT ..WELL DONE LOU…Dave UK

  10. Just retired, and getting ready to start on my dream of constructing my first “S” gauge layout. Your pictures are inspiring me to pay a lot attention to detail. Great job, thanks for sharing.

  11. Nice layout. Too bad only a few of us are just into steam trains out of the 1800’s to the 1950’s.

  12. Lou,
    Great looking layout. One fine job putting all together. Lets see more pictures.

  13. Great scenery Lou.
    An impressive layout. Hope we can see more of it.


  15. Thank you for all the gracious comments. I sent Al some more photos along with a link to a youtube video explaining how the automation system works. Thanks again. Lou

  16. Great layout. Where do you get these acrylic sheets laser cut? Is it necessary. Some times it is possible to cut them with a sharp craft knife or scissors depending on the thickness of course.

  17. Hi Lou, great and inspiring piece of work. Patience really is a virtue. Keep the pics coming. Steve R. UK

  18. You can’t cut acrylic with a scissors. It’s too brittle. I own a laser cutter, so I order full sheets and have the supplier cut them into 12″x24″ sheets. This way they are already precut to what fits in the machine. The laser will cut or engrave up to 1/4″ thick. Styrene in a laser is not a good idea. Number one, it has a very low melting point and the edges are not as crisp. Also, I’m not really sure whether styrene has pvc in it. If it does, you never want to burn pvc. It’s very toxic

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