More waterfall scenery

“Here is another waterfall created with blue paint and epoxy. By using a toothpick to stir the epoxy as it dries, you can create the rapids and water landing in the lake. This mountain river also has kayakers and a beach to the right side. Yes, that is real sand on the beach. You may remember my submission of the Erie Railroad. This is a small detail on the overall HO layout.

I hope everyone enjoys it.


And here’s the very latest installment from the talented Dave:

Latest ebay cheat sheet is here if you looking for the latest bargains.

That’s all this time!



PS Please stop reading now if you’re only interested in all things trains…

I was very surprised by the number of emails I got after I posted a pic of my new puppy.

It seems there’s a lot of you out there that love dogs just as much as trains.

Anyhow, as promised, the pic of the kennel – put together with my own two hands (and a little help from an old friend) and, dare I say it, Ted’s woodworking plans.

Anyhow, he hasn’t worked out the kennel will keep him dry yet, as you can see. He’ll go in there for treats – and that’s it. If anyone can tell me how to get him to settle in there, I’d be eternally grateful.

Don’t worry. He came back in when he dried out.

38 Responses to More waterfall scenery

  1. Al,
    Good-looking dog! What breed?


  2. Nice waterfalls. Samy and I are in the process of making some changes to our waterfalls. We just added a dock and a family fishing and now we are modifying the falls.

    This is the greatest site for anything model-related!!!

  3. Don’t worry, he will eventually learn. Our 80 lb. black lab
    has two dog houses, but unless it is really cold, he gets under
    the storage barn to keep dry. If you’ve not yet settled on a
    name, I propose “Loco” for all the obvious reasons.

  4. Does he have a blanky in there.If you climb in and he follow’s.Sit with him in there and get him to lay down.Stroke him and make him believe that you like it in there.You said you got him from a pound.Could be a bad memory for him or he could be a dog that don’t like closed in stuff like that.I owned a few dogs in my time that don’t like dog houses.The dog I have now wont go into a dog house either.Could even be the noise of the chain rasping along the door way he don’t like as he climbs in.Give it time and he may work it out on his own.By the looks of it he has bonded with everyone there,and wants to be with you lol.See I made the mistake of huminizing my dog.Meaning she doesn’t know she is a dog and thinks she is a human.She will also talk your ear off just like a small child.Your dog will deside when and if he wants a house.Give it time.Lovely dog.

  5. thanks Dave, looks great, I have gleaned so much from you and your layout

  6. Hay! All your pics are wonderful. Did you name your German Shepard pup
    yet ? Cinder would be great.

  7. I do believe the female sunbathers are naked….oh my. An R-rated layout.

  8. Al, I hate to break this to you, but you may have built the kennel for nothing. Dogs are social, pack animals. When you took him from his mother and siblings you took him from his pack. You are now his new pack and all he wants is to join the pack. He doesn’t want to sit in a little cave all by himself. I know that working dogs often are left outside all the time. But, for the most part those working dogs are not alone. They have other dogs around them.

    Remember Al, your dog is not like one of the tools in your tool box to be taken out when you need it. He is part of the family now. You are his pack. I hope you can bring him inside and make him part of your family(pack). I always say that having a dog is like having a 2 year old child. They require constant attention. You have to watch out that they are safe and you have to make the healthy choices for them. BTW, that is a good looking dog.
    All the best, TJ.

  9. Hope pup settles in OK.

    Dave is a marvel and always look forward to his vids.

    Dave G

  10. German Shepard correct? I could not help to notice is that rain on the glass? I am having a difficult time with the photo to determine what is going on with the dog’s ears/head. Is there some sort of covering on the dog’s head? I am having a hard time seeing his ears. Is there a particular reason why you want the dog to be outside in the kennel house? He probably wants to be inside with you and other family members. They do have a degree of sensitivity and yearning to belong with the pack/family. I would love to have a dog like that, who would stay with me and follow me all around the house. Maybe you should reconsider your decisions?

  11. Thanks Dave once again I like your idea of the long bridge that you just displayed at the far end of your layout. I hope that you do not mind a bit of constructive suggestions regarding that bridge. To me it looks a little too long, scale wise not to have any supports underneath from the ground up. If were me, I would consider adding two supports from the ground up to the bottom of each union of the side panels. It is only a suggestion to make it look balanced and actually realistic. Perhaps stone footings with a series of steel supports to the bottom of the bridge. Sorry if I may have offended you, it was not my intentions.

  12. Maybe move the dog house a bit so he can see in ‘your house’ while he is in his. He just wants to be a part of what the rest of the pack is doing.

  13. Really enjoy the waterfall pics as well as watching the progression mof the entire renovation…Keep them coming…

  14. The puppy obviously likes getting wet. Why don’t you rig up a shower in the kennel?

  15. Nice new member to the Family Al , but yes could have a problem , my German Shepard Years ago would not go in to the dog House I built for him , I did try a chain tied to it and him , but he prefered to sit outside , in the end I gave in

  16. Good waterfalls Bill, best I have seem in a long while.

    Dave, once again inspiration flows after every film you make. The new layout is looking fantastic. When you do the point motors can you do a little demo how to please as would like to follow how to install them for my own layout.

  17. I must say, I just thrive on your videos, Dave. Very informative, very entertaining and your layout is absolutely beautiful. It really gets my day off to a great start to see that Alastair has posted your latest. Keep up the great work and please keep the videos coming!


    Cord Reynolds
    Jackson, Wyoming

  18. Happy New Year to YOU and Yours as well.
    Nice Pup Caboose would be kinda catchy……..
    Nice Layout real attention to detail and the Waterfalls are Top Notch.
    Hope to see more in the New Year…………..


  19. Remember the greatest dog of all time Charlie Brown’s Snoppy’s always slept on top of his doghouse

  20. I gotta agree with the others, this is a very important bonding time for a new puppy, we wants to be part of the family. he will never socialize correctly unless he can stay with his humans and learn your voices and mannerisms.

  21. TJ your absolutely correct, although some K 9’s are not into humans like Antarctic dogs etc. But this Shepard would be thinking what did I do wrong that they won’t let me into the pack. A lifetime of internal turmoil.
    A little professional training and you would have an indoor friend for life, who is probably going to be the best housemate you ever had, bursting with personality and unconditional love, and still looking out for your property and family.
    That’s been my experience with all our family pets and my own in adulthood. Good luck!
    Cheers, Terry

  22. I hope the kayakers don’t fall out of their kayaks.

  23. Dave. Another good looking layout on the way,keep up the fantastic work.

    Happy Nrw Year to you all.


  24. great water falls the detail is amazing. layout is looking good dave love seeing the trains working.

  25. Dave,

    Can you explain how you formed that vehicle crossing across the tracks ? I am running O gauge with flex track and for the life of me cannot figure out how to do it. Thanks for all your wonderful videos and tips. And happy new year to you,sir !

  26. Looks like a class-5 kayak run near the end!

  27. So wanderful layout, congrats to you for such a good job, Happy New Year to you and family

  28. With regard to the puppy its a game of will power,he want to come in the house and if you give in he will never use the kennel.Stick to your guns and he will realise he is not going to win then he will use the kennel.Once you have won you can call him in the house later.

  29. Very good start for Dave’s new layout he has plenty of room to do what he likes with the shape of his layout.
    By looking at all the all the emails you receive Al I have made a start on my train layout.
    Thanks again to Dav for an update.
    PS I was woundering if Dav or any one could tell me where I could piint out some paper to make the arches and the road bridge parts from.
    Or how to make them.
    I don’t want to spend to much money .
    Thanks. Anthony.

  30. Again very good layouts. New year’s resolution to get cracking with my layout. Happy new year to all.

  31. Model Railways and German Shepherds. What better a way to start the New Year
    I could hardly wait for the latest update on Dave’s re build construction . Although Wireless Broadband makes for stop-start viewing I still persevere. (sometimes it takes over twice the normal time)To Ray Appenzeller, the Pup’s ears are normal for German Shepherds. They will get erect as the pup gets towards 6 months old. All my pups have slept in the laundry for the first year and then introduced to a kennel.

  32. Hi Dave
    I am loving your progress on your layout . its looking awsome i love the long stretches of track . my Godson would have so much fun reving the trains up and having races God forbid i dont know how many times i have told him to keep them at medium speed !!.i look forward to seeing the next exciting adventure
    cheers mate Happy new year to you

  33. you are doing a great job on your layout ,looks like you have a real good pet to hang around with you. happy new year to all train people,i like to read the comments people send in.

  34. It looks like you should let the dog in from the rain

  35. Hi Al love your puppy I have 2 german shepherds 1 a 5 month pup the other a 3 year old male both love watching my trains go around my layout but I have to keep an eye on the pup she will try and grab one , once in a while
    Your pup probably wants to be inside with the family but you can try and put her blanket in there maybe it will work
    Loved Dave’s video again

  36. Hi Al,
    Love your e-mails especially Dangerous Dave. When I hear him talk it’s like being home again.

  37. Dave:
    Job well done again. I got update # 7 prior to # 6 and I was left wondering what had happened to #6. Like your beveled siding; is the plan to leave it as such to match the ceiling and wall trim? Looks really good and I also see that you have left adequate space on the curves for passenger cars to pass without collision. Is it the same under the bridge at the far end? Your work is to be marveled and I’m so glad to be on the receiving end. Keep up your good work and sharing with others… is much appreciated. Harold Jr.

  38. Cover the window so he cant see you inside.

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