More from Tony


I have had some requests for more information and pictures. So here they are. The sedum I useis autumn joy. After it blooms the stems turn woody. They have to be cut back each year in the late fall. After I cut them I spray them flat clear enamal. Then I dip in a mix of white glue and water and then toss them in woodland scenics course turf. I use dark and medium green. I keep a large container mixed up and I just add an entire container of one of the shades when it starts to get low. This causes the collor of the conapy to vary for each tree.

I place the trees on the layout when they are wet this allowssome of the foliage to fall around the base and create undergrowth. After they have dried for a couple of hours I spray them with a heavy coating of the cheapest hairspray I can find. The dollar store has plenty! I also keep an eye out all summer for sedum. If you stop by someones hoise and ask them they typicaly will let you cut for them and hull it away.

Thanks again,


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Hi Al

I have used many of the tips in your newsletters.

Just thought I would give something back.

I have a top tip for you to create hedging on the 00 railway layout. It’s my idea and not copied from anywhere else.

I did a lot of experimenting and came up with this:

If you take some polystyrene packing about ¾ inch thick and cut it into ¼ inch or less strips, this will form the basis of the hedge.

Using the finest artists brush and some Humbrol paint thinners, or Cellulose thinners, or as a last resort nail varnish remover

Carefully, with not too much thinners, just touch both sides of the upper edges of the styrene at ¼ inch intervals along its length, you will see the top dissolve irregularly.

When it is dry, cover one side of the strip with PVA and sprinkle it with brown grass, do the same on the other side and leave to dry.

Cover the irregular top with PVA, pushing it into the holes with the brush
tip and sprinkle two shades of green grass at intervals along its length.

You will now have a hedge at little cost and much more realistic than the
bought stuff.

I suppose if you substitute ballast for grass you can achieve a stone wall
effect also, using this method.

I use wood working glue to fix it down and on curves I hold it in place with
dressmaking pins, until set overnight.

You can disguise the joints in situ using the same method.


And if you’ve ever wondered what Dangerous Dave’s fantastic layout looks like at dusk, well, now you can see:

Still getting comments on the ‘ebay cheat sheet. Big thanks for those – glad it’s working for you.

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



27 Responses to More from Tony

  1. Hi Tony, if that is “N” scale, then the bridge is incredible. Your trees are the best that I have ever seen in a long time. Well done. – Brian

  2. Question for Dave
    Seeing the Blue Pullman all lit up shows the lack of lighting in the other passenger train. Has he thoughts on lighting those carriages and if so how it can be done?

  3. Great, Dave…

    Great Great Great…

  4. A dream come trhrough

  5. Just a tip for anyone botanically minded, the sedum is a low ground cover type plant. Another plant that is excellent for making HO/OO trees is one called Spiraea x bumalda ‘Anthony Waterer’. Treated in the same method as described for Sedum. In the UK the Spiraea is much easier to source.

  6. Hi dave
    Did i just read that your going to build another after this one dont you dare my heart cant stand the excitement . love the night shots superb this one is your best yet .

  7. hi Tony
    this is looking wonderful you put a lot of effort into it well done

  8. Great. Just great. I really like the slow moving lumber train and the moderate speed of the passenger trains. More realistic than just racing around the track like those heavy – noisy three rail systems (eg Lionel).

  9. As usual great work

  10. Great looking trees Tony and I like your trestle.

    Dave, you must work on your layout around the clock. Looks great. It seems to take me forever to just do a section of mine. Like the lights and sounds you have on it. I’d like to see a track plan of what you have. Thanks for the tip on the 3 volt power for building lights, etc.. Great job!

  11. Tony, I am in awe of your bridge fantastic.

    Dave what can I say that has not already been said, a truly marvelous layout once again I thank you for sharing and giving so much inspiration.

    Peter the Mackem

  12. Great layout. How much room are you taking up. I’m ready to tear my old layout down and have opened up some more room in my attic for something bigger.

  13. Hi.Tony

    Fantastic Effort , Great Work


  14. the tips on the trees is great they really do look good. the bridge is unbelieveable. very nice lighting on the layout Dave love the timber train.

  15. Tony it looks so awesome!

  16. I like the forest, well done Tony

  17. Hi Dave Great job on your layout. I can see you put a lot of work in to it. Looks so good at night. Best.

  18. Tony, Steve & Dave Thank you for the many hours of fun during one of the longest winters, this should shorten it up a bit.

  19. Dave,
    I look forward to seeing your layouts and hearing you talk about it as much as I enjoy the characters on my favorite TV show. When I don’t see one of your posts, I go to my file and look at a past post. If I ever get to England I would love to meet you and see your amazing layout in person. Thanks for all the posts. I never get tired of them.

    And thank you Alastair for your great email newsletter. I read and watch every one.

  20. Awesome bridge, many thanks for the tree making tips. I also use Buddlia flowers for making trees with. Collect them just after the flowers have finished, dry them and again use scatter material on them .
    Many thanks for the tips and awesome layouts to view. Keep up the good work


  22. Dave,
    just love the sound of that green diesel 1X46.
    Your layout is a great inspiration for all us modellers out there.

  23. Lovely bit of bridgework, really does look like it would take the weight of a logging run, very well done.

    Vin P, the code you see on the front of many UK trains, such as that 1X46, does not identify the loco but is the headcode for the train it is working at the time, the characters are on roller blinds to be easily changed for each duty worked. The code was to help signalmen and other staff identify the route and destination of the train. The first number gives the class (1 is for an express passenger service) the letter usually the destination or region (although X was usually for an exceptional load) and the last two numbers are for the particular train on that route of the day, for instance, the last local from Cardiff to Barry at night is 2Y91 – 2 for stopping passenger, Y for Barry, 91 for that schedule. The codes are still used but no longer shown on the trains as we now just look at the computer to see where they all are!


  24. Repeat.

  25. Really enjoy looking at all the tips on this site. I’m like everybody else who reads them and watches the updates on Dave’s layout, my eyes are almost popping out on stalks at the detail.
    If I could do half of this, I’d be really ‘chuffed to bits’

  26. A question….
    There is a lot of magnificent talent here….
    Many great ideas and fantastic modeling…
    Does anyone have any ideas on how to model “Russian Thistle” aka tumbleweeds and/or Scotch Broom — Both grow very wild in the area I am attempting to model… “Oak Savannah” Southern California.

  27. great job

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