Mike’s DCC video

“Hi Al,

Thank you for the pictures; they are very impressive! In the spirit of fun, I thought I might share some of my own work. I’d appreciate some feedback if you are feeling up to it! Thanks again and looking forward to hearing from you.

Warmest Regards,

Karl”

These are pictures from my 3 ft x 6 ft n-scale layout

These are pictures from my 3 ft x 6 ft n-scale layout

These are pictures from my 3 ft x 6 ft n-scale layout

These are pictures from my 3 ft x 6 ft n-scale layout

These are pictures from my 3 ft x 6 ft n-scale layout

These are pictures from my 3 ft x 6 ft n-scale layout

These are pictures from my 3 ft x 6 ft n-scale layout

These are pictures from my 3 ft x 6 ft n-scale layout

These are pictures from my 3 ft x 6 ft n-scale layout

These are pictures from my 3 ft x 6 ft n-scale layout

These are pictures from my 3 ft x 6 ft n-scale layout

These are pictures from my 3 ft x 6 ft n-scale layout

These are pictures from my 3 ft x 6 ft n-scale layout

These are pictures from my 3 ft x 6 ft n-scale layout

These are pictures from my 3 ft x 6 ft n-scale layout

These are pictures from my 3 ft x 6 ft n-scale layout

These are pictures from my 3 ft x 6 ft n-scale layout

These are pictures from my 3 ft x 6 ft n-scale layout

These are pictures from my 3 ft x 6 ft n-scale layout

These are pictures from my 3 ft x 6 ft n-scale layout

These are pictures from my 3 ft x 6 ft n-scale layout


And last time Mike sent in pics of his ‘simple’ DCC layout (if you missed it, it’s here).

Well he’s been kind enough to also send in a video:





Thanks to Karl and Mike. I don’t think I’ll ever tire of looking at all your layouts. Fabulous stuff.

Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

Keep ’em coming, folks.

Best

Al

36 Responses to Mike’s DCC video

  1. Wow Mike.That is super nice layout.You got those tree’s all in the right place.The water look great. I noticed you have a bunch of static crossing signal’s. How would you like to get them working sort of. least lighted. I have another idea using a mini rc servo to operate the switches.With the servo you can do away with them switches. Your flicking a switch anyways to change them right. Anyways if you want.Ask Al to ask me and I will send in a fast video of the static crossing signal’s working. also a pic of what I mean with the servo. Again super nice layout.Thank you very much for sending it in.Also Al

  2. Great job on the whole effort.
    What did you use for trees?

    thanks

    Al

  3. By far the best scenery layout I’ve seen in a long while. One or two tiny out of scale items “the rocks at the side of the river” but all in all a great layout and a credit to the builder. Well done keep them coming everyone’s layouts gives, I’m sure, a great deal of enthusiasm to keep building.

  4. What can I say but this is a great layout you can see the dedication that you Guys have put into this layout fantastic looks like you are going to need a bigger room, keep up the good work looking forward to any up grades that you do Bob

  5. very nice. I loved my helicopter ride over the layout and watching the trains and seeing the town. thanks for sharing it . I think i just heard the call for me to report to the basement and take out the local on the South Point RR. Pick up some cars from the interchange track and deliver them to the proper sidings . Then I think the crew can stop in the town of Grusum and eat in the little place called the Snake Belly Bar and Grill . They serve good food and the prices are right .

  6. Thanks for all the comments. Al, I’d love to see the video of the crossings. One of my next additions will be lighting and crossings. Im not an electrician so I’ll need to get some help

  7. Karl

    Was temped to ask you to send some pictures of your layout and not the of the town you live in. Fantastic detail. Know my layout will never look as good thanks for sharing

    John

  8. @ Karl. Beautiful job! You have a lot going on there yet it doesn’t look “cluttered”
    It all fits together very well. Very well proportioned.

    @Mike Also a very fine layout . I noticed that you have made liberal use of Young Mr. Lees buildings. They look very good, as does your whole display.

  9. Lovely overall effect, a great blend of scenic treatment and buildings, looks really natural, well maybe except for the curved viaducts, it had to be a really sticky situation for a railroad to do that, sometimes hard to get away from in a model though. Are you planning to put some wires up for that electric set? It was a labour of love on my layout, but well worth it in the end. The trick is in calculating exactly where the masts need to go to use one of the standard length catenary sections, and sharpish curves do need a lot of masts to keep the wire over the pantograph.
    Rod

  10. Great layout. looks like a lot of time and effort was put into your layout.

  11. very good layout, density of trees is very real.

  12. Al! Great job as always.
    I’m trying to figure out how to buy 1 building from your son. Factory. I wish I could also see a larger photo of it. Thanks.

  13. “The rocks at the side of the river” are too big” I guess you don’t get out much. How long did it take for you to come up with that criticism on one of the nicest detailed layout I have seen in a long time.
    How about submitting photos or a video of your railroad I would really like to see perfection.

    Ron R

  14. The greenery definitely makes this layout believable – especially the pic with the road tunnel – looks like a real forest beyond! Great work and attention to detail! The boulders on the riverbank are too polished though – take off the shine and it will look more realistic. Fantastic either way!

  15. Karl,
    Outstanding scenery and track work. The N scale layout I’m building looks a lot like yours. In fact your pictures showed me what was missing in mine on the hills. More trees. Your hills look full, dense. Mine look a little sparse. Time for some more “Super Trees”. (in answer to the question someone posted asking what you used for your trees) If you were in California, I’d drive a hundred miles just to see your layout.
    AL, send me an email on how to send you a couple of pictures.

  16. Beautiful layout, Karl. Especially impressed by the water.

  17. Unbelievable, ,,what great talent, ,,,best one yet,,,,,keep up the good work. ….

  18. Great looking layout and photos. Love the video where the acela is traveling just a bit faster than the local freight. Terrific. Thanks for posting.

  19. So impressed with your layout for several reasons.. (1) It seems to be of a small rural atmosphere and (2) you have achieved the epitome of detail and definition…I might ask how long have you worked to get these results… Realizing that a layout is a continuous work in progress, I’m just curious!…Great job.

  20. @ Ron R.
    Exactly right ! Entirely too many rivet counters in this HOBBY some times..
    Bill Fitzpatrick

  21. I am impressed at the complete layout. What a great job. Hopefully mine will be completed shortly.

  22. Karl, what a fantastic layout, superb scenery buildings and track work. One of the finest layouts I have seen for such a long time.

    Pete “The Mackem” in England

  23. sorry Karl got the name mixed up. I sent Al a few video’s. like more info and I will provide.

  24. Mike,

    How did you get the water so right? Best I have ever seen.

    Best regards,

    Joe Chute – Columbus, Ohio, USA

  25. great photos this hobby just brings out so much talent in people.very impressive video nice seeing shots of trains moving and all types of scenery .

  26. Amazing layout. I am so impressed with the trees, water, buildings….everything. Great job. Layouts like yours inspire us to keep going. Wow.

  27. Well Karl, I put three of your shots on my Kindle, and called my wife over. She studied the pictures. Turned to me: “So? What am I supposed to see?” “Um, nothing special.” “Well why did you call me to see nothing special? It’s a pretty place by the railroad in a small town.” Now I am grinning and she is confused. “Dear, it IS a small town. Very small. HO scale small.” “That’s not real?” “Nope.” She looks closely again….walks away shaking her head.
    Red

  28. A truly engaging little layout, (pun intended) very nice, well done.

  29. Karl, great scenery, the trees shrubs etc blend very well.the water is great and also the ballast which sometimes gets overlooked on a layout and can undo an otherwise good job. Well done mate looks really good.

    Jon, Canberra Australia.

  30. why is there no ballast ?

  31. never mind….. he got the molded on roadbed….. ooops

  32. Love the whole layout. Very well done. The Hydro electrical towers are very impressive. I have been looking for some. Did you build or purchase them? Where are they available if purchased?

  33. Both of these are terrific layouts! I’ve never seen better-looking vegetation anywhere than on Karl’s project. Extremely realistic.

  34. Karl has a stunning layout there , looks very realistic , and Mike you have also built a great railroad there , with plenty of detail …Dave

  35. very nice set up great scenery and buildings

  36. Wonderful natural weathering & depth of detail, Karl. Esp. the richness of ground-cover. Everything looks lived-in.
    Scale? It looks HO, but I’m not sure.

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