Paul’s N scale

“Here is a Tip that might be useful for somebody other than myself, if you care to use it – A method of scenery that I have used several times in the past on my layouts is that there are “Real Trees” in real life Like the “Black Locust” (Not all trees have this type of layered bark, But still, there are actually more than you actually think) that have a certain style of large grained stacked layers to its bark that can be broken off and then cut or broken down into smaller chunks and sections and then used (either in single layers or by stacking these layered chunks on top of each other) and used as certain types of realistic looking rock strata simply by laying and gluing those sections down on their inside and then painting them with an air brush with the proper colors to represent layers and layers of rock.

So the next time you, as a Model Railroading fan (or buff) decides to wander by a real tree, take the time to stop and take a real close look at its bark with a new perspective, Who knows, it just might be one of those that has the bark that can be used as scenery on your layout as layers of rock.

Old P”

“Hello Al.

A tip that will save you MONEY is, Take some dirt from your yard, or a lot that is the color you like, then put it in a flour sifter. The kind that has a handle you squeeze, and sift it into a bowl. Put the sifted dirt into old seasoning bottle that has small holes. You can either dilute some Elmer’s glue in a squirt bottle, or take clear flat paint in a spray can. Put a thin coat where you want the dirt, and then sprinkle the dirt there. Instant natural dirt. You can also go to the Dollar store and get some Chile powder, or paprika, and sprinkle it in spots for shading, or to add depth. Much less expensive than the stuff you buy from the hobby store.

Happy Railroading



This is essentially for N scalers. In Ontario garlic is sold in sleeves of fine net mesh (generally three bulbs pack). It stretches to a size suitable for chain link fencing. Cut the sleeve and pin it out stretched and paint it with an acrilic silver or aluminium. It will then be available to be cut to any height of fence you want. Just be careful that when you paint it is not stuck to the surface you are painting against. Try using pins to stretch it and raise it above the surface. There are quite a number of different pins available to be used as fence posts. The next thing to free. I love it.


“Here is the link to the Montana side of my layout. It is based on the small town of Rudyard on the “Hi-line” in northern Montana.

Sadly, the whole layout has been broken up and sold to provide capital for my next project. A small town in northern Germany.


Some silly deals on the latest ebay cheat sheet right now.

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



16 Responses to Paul’s N scale

  1. Great idea, Paul, I have seen bark used on a layout and it works well for rock faces.

    Just a heads up, be careful of wood borer, you wouldn’t want one of those getting into your layout woodwork. Steam the bark thoroughly prior to use. On the layout I saw the bark on, the guy microwaved the bark, be careful with that though because the bark could explode.

  2. Pity you have broken up that layout , but all the best withy the new one

  3. Very nice! That was one heck of an eclipse!

  4. Paul, very nice as an operating diorama. Track layout with mainline and passing sidings lends itself well to prototypical operation. The impression of a large expanse in a small space along with the prototypical train consists and speeds gives the viewer a good, impressiive hint of western U.S. topography (Big Montana Skies).

    Nicely done!

  5. Nice layout.
    What gives with the E-BAY site, All I get is vertical lines except under S scale, train tracks and under American Flyer, buildings ????????

  6. Hi Paul
    I’m Paul also and think you did a great job. Love N scale. My train is still my old Lionel from 1950 now in a box in my closet. I want to do what you are doing. Don’t know where to start. UGH.

  7. Thanks for all the tips and “flicks”. I learn something every time.
    Keep em coming!!!

  8. LIked your first layout video and now I really liked this one!! To bad you sold it off. I liked the switching track use, very smooth operation. Only one train had any bounce, everything else ran so well, you wouldnt know there were track joints. Well done. Oh and the fence with all the cows. A couple of fence posts are leaning. This is absolutely the way it is is real life!! Nice touch.

  9. Paul, Good luck on your new venture. Thank you for sharing Montana USA NICE!

    Thanks all for the tips. Never know when one or two will come in handy.

    Thanks Al for sharing



  10. Paul that was cool. N scale that is small.Can amagine wireing street lights with 1.2 mm diodes be a blast. What is going to become of that layout.Heard dismantling?

  11. okay just read above again. will it be N scale also.

  12. WOW VERY VERY VERY COOL!!!!!!!!! love the BNSF !!!!!!!! All but war bonnet 741 had the handrail off the back of the cab…that’s the only thing I found wrong!!! Lol I had to out that in there to make a funny cause I love the whole thing!!!! Excellent job and u should be very proud of that layout!!!!!!

  13. great video and hints thanks.

  14. I really like the track work. I especially liked that the trains disappeared behind the backdrop to obscure the loops which makes the operation more realistic. As I am so interested in this layout I have a few questions.
    It appears the layout is not too large which is another plus. What are the layout dimensions?
    I noted trains traveling in both direction on some of the tracks. Is this a DCC operation.
    What is the maximum grade on the layout.
    Finally could we see a track plan as it appears that trains are switched between tracks behind the backdrop?

  15. Great video Paul! I liked your scenery and general layout. I also would like nthe dimensions and track plan. Cheers Rossco


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