More from Alan

“Al, I grew up doing model railroading with my Dad, mostly American Flyer from his childhood.

After he passed away, the stuff was packaged up and sat in boxes for more than 20 years. I started a layout two years ago and to my shock, most of the engines still ran. Most of my engines and rolling stock from my Dad and are more than 50 years old.

Anyway, I have now started to work on scenery and the coaling plant is my beginning. I also plan to have an ore mining area that should be completed soon.

Keep the emails coming. I really do enjoy them.






“Hi Al,

I can only run trains for a limited period of time before I get bored, so I’m always looking for something else to do, such as filming or photographing it.

I also like making up cameo poses, and my latest is a tablet exchange for single line working and a lorry (truck) which has just made a delivery. The driver is seen rolling up the sheet prior to roping down the load. The rope can be seen lying on the ground.

keep up the good work









Another fine installment from Alan. And I love the fact that Gene is using his late father’s engines and rolling stock – the pics look great too.

That’s all this time folks. Please keep ’em coming.

Don’t forget just a few days left for the Beginner’s Guide Christmas offer – the lowest price yet!



PS You can see all of Alan’s posts with the Golden Key.

26 Responses to More from Alan

  1. Gene, I think that the weathering on your buildings and layout is absolutely brilliant. It is great to see that some modelers do fantastic weathering jobs. Keep it up. Brian

  2. Gene: Nice work with your Dad’s flyer… All too often these legacies are sold off. It’s refreshing to see the memories and skills revived as you have! American Flyer has always had a special place in my heart. Its so rarely given its due as a great Brand and gauge.

    Just a thought from personal experience. Beware of Lionel’s version of American Flyer… Their freight cars in particular use Lionel frames. I’ve found they do not track well and are prone to coming out of the larger frames in use.

    Happy Railroading y’all… Deano

  3. Your Flyers layout looks great, I’m also working S gauge layout. However I’m moving and will be taking it down soon. Your photos are inspiring me to set mine up in my new house. Your weathering looks great,

  4. is this coaling facility a kit i can purchase ??? absolutely well done !!!

  5. Great job. enjoyed .

  6. how nice the S gauge American Flyer layout is..
    .the weathering is superlative and the detail is waaaay koool
    also the HO layout is exquisite detail
    keep it runnin fellas

  7. Very nice coaling station, with great weathering. I too am working on an abandoned, and overgrown mining scene from the 1940’s era in backwood’s Ontario. I look forward to seeing yours.

  8. great job on the coal mining building, that stuff was dirty business, clothes and skin and buildings well laid out and well painted to look dirty and drab. nice.


  10. Good to see old models still being used.

  11. Gene, how great you were able to get out your old trains and give them knew life, not to mention the memories of your dad it must bring back!

    And Akan, I love the setup poses you did, it really brings life to a model railroad!

  12. nice work on the coaling plant. the photos of the 2 cameo poses are great.

  13. Yes, it is nice to see an American Flyer layout, and the coaling station is awesome. I’m building an A/F layout myself complete with the Rubber Roadbed you have and a Coal Mine. Had A/F as a child in the late 40’s and early 50’s then it all went away in the 60’s when my folks had to move while I was in the service. Came across a set about three years ago and got re-hooked. Maxed out a 4’x8′ table and my expansion is in progress. I’ll be sending in pictures soon. Keep on with what you are doing, we will all benefit from seeing future showings.
    Flyer4ever – Dennis

  14. Al, wow. Really appreciate all the positive comments. One of the comments asked if the coaling plant was a kit. It is actually three kits – – all kits are Lehigh Valley Models. The largest building is the Coal Breaker kit LVM14. The Mine Head and Conveyor are kit LVM15. Finally, the Powerhouse and Water Tank is kit LVM16.

    Hope to provide more pitures as I go.


  15. good looking layout
    vintage American Flyer stuff is priceless!
    keep em runnin fellas
    stjohn in long beach calif

  16. Sure do like Gene’s coal facility. The weathering is great. I have lived around coal fields all of my life. I’m 68 and been model railroading for 50 years.

  17. Gene, Excellent work, on the coaling station. I remember going through Coalville, PA., several years ago, and most everything was covered in coal dust – very gray – looked a lot like that.

  18. Great photos from Gene and Alan. Very nice cameo photos Alan. Absolutely fantastic weathering on the mine buildings Gene. Keep them coming. Brian – Knysna – South Africa

  19. Is this American or British AF?
    That CP. Coal car looks recent paint job

  20. Us or British ad?
    The co paint job and logo not 50 years

  21. Gene: Tank you for sharing your experience with your Dad’s AF. My first trains were AF in the late 40’s continuing to mid 50s when high school, girls, and a ten year younger brother supplanted my involvement. He has shared one loco with me and I keep it on prominent display with my current Fleischmann HO. Looking forward to seeing more photos of your AF layout.

  22. great job do enjoy notes on the past. the rolling up of the tarp is outstanding.

  23. Wow, that is some fantastic wheathering. .enjoyed the pics thanks!

  24. The coaling stage is superb as is the rest of the scenery.
    In your cameo photographs you show the loco driver and station hand exchanging a safe running token. I was surprised to see this method of exchange.
    A little bit of trivia.
    In Victoria, Australia the locos have a pigtail hook and clamp assembly in a recess in the drivers side cab. When approaching an exchange point the safe running “staff” is attached to the clamp. The exchange point has the same set-up so the pick up and drop off are done automatically without the loco needing to slow down, the pig-tail picking up and the clamp allows collection.

    Max D

  25. Doh! Gene’s excellent pictures fooled me at first glance – thought the settings and rolling stock were the ‘full size’ trains!!!! Well done young Lionel

  26. Both Gene and Alan have awesome layouts. I to run a lot of coal cars on my HO Scale Layout. Thanks so much for sharing. Austin.

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