Paul’s retirement plan update


Here is a bit of an update to my original submission.

Here are a few pictures and a short running session video after another Winters worth of work on my layout.

I still have a lot of detail work to do, including a scene on the hill with the farmhouse and some fine tuning on my track to try and reduce derailments.












A huge thanks to Paul – a wonderful layout. Those with Golden Key can search under ‘Pauls retirement project’ to see the last post – you can see just how busy Paul has been over the winter.

But that’s the thing with layouts – they’re never finished…

By the way, if you’ve emailed me, you’ll notice I’ve added a spam filter. So you’ll need to click on a confirmation link for your email to be delivered.

Please do keep ’em coming. folks.

And don’t forget the latest ebay cheat sheet – it’s here.


PS You can search through years of posts (like Paul’s earlier one), here.

20 Responses to Paul’s retirement plan update

  1. Beautiful, great work. Enjoyed the view.

  2. Ah yes derailments. Where would our hobby be without derailments to test our engineering skills & keep us all occupied long into the night. Sometimes those trains seem to have a mind of their own. Keep up the good work Paul.

  3. Simply amazing

  4. Love your layout and all the detail.
    I compliment you also on your backgrounds with the sky and rolling hills in the distance on your walls. It really completes your whole layout.

  5. Paul, Great work. I’m working on my “Retirement Plan as well.
    Have found that renewing my Hobby, has brought a helpful “fill” to
    handling staying both busy & Relaxing at the same time. You are an
    inspiration to us all. Thanks – Rog 🙂

  6. Wheel and flange and back-to-back dimensions have changed a lot since that old Tri-ang type track was made, if you’re running modern rolling stock instead of the old “steamroller-wheeled” stuff you may need to adapt things a bit – I found for instance that I needed to add thin brass shims to the running face of some checkrails to keep the wheels from straying the wrong way at frogs, and that was just with some old Peco code 100.

  7. Paul your retirement plans have been successful. What a beautiful work in progress! DERAILMENTS stumbling blocks to stepping stones. That is the reward!
    best regards.

  8. Thanks for your kind comments and suggestions. FYI, I do have access inside the hill via the sliding door behind it and through a hole cut through the bottom of the table under the Rocky Mountain. I also have two cutouts in the central ends of the table where I just built modular scenes on the cut out pieces so they can be removed. (Pond, walled farmyard, access road by the turntable and the plowed field) the majority of my locomotives and rolling stock are pre 1970’s and all Triang Super 4 track.
    Regards, Paul

  9. Paul’s layout is beautiful – and so complex!

  10. Very nice, thanks for submitting, it reminds me to get back to mine! Good work with lots of interest.
    Steve R UK

  11. Paul that is so cool. That mountain in the back ground sort of look’s like the mountain in the movie close incounter’s of the third kind. Very cool.I gather you are in the UK those tree’s are they scratch built. If they are those are very realistic. Could you elaborate on some of those pieces. Such as the tree’s. That mountain is it Styrofoam or plaster? Thank’s for sending in a great layout.

  12. FaNTASTIC!

  13. Well done Paul. A great effort. Have you noticed that most of the time everything works wonderfully well. BUT point a camcorder at it and all hell lets loose! The same thing happens when you have a visitor come to see your masterpiece.

  14. Very,very nice. I thought the pictures were great and these show off your layout very well. Some items have given me some ideas I will use on my layout. Now if I could only get my 4-4-0 to stay on track all the time! I am sure I will find the problem soon….

  15. nice layout…great detail
    I especially like the 30deg crossover setup
    keep it runnin fellas


    Just check your track where the trains come off .

  17. Hey Rod
    Any chance of sending in some photos of what you have done regarding adding brass shims to the running face of your frogs. Would be interested to see what you have done.

  18. Amazing layout!

  19. Just to answer a few more questions; I don’t live in the UK, I’m in Canada, the trees are made from the “super trees” that many have bought and fairly widely available (apparently some weed/bush from Sweden) then I apply a sprayable glue, (I find this more sticky and longer lasting than hairspray) I then apply Woodland Scenics leaf material in dark and light but have also used just the standard blended turf material. The mountain and hill were made in a similar fashion, I cut some 2×2″ wood to different heights and screwed them in from below the table. Then I used a fairly sturdy chicken wire and glued and stapled that to the top of the wood. I cut the chicken wire larger so I had extra to bend and form to get the shape I wanted. I used plaster cloth over that, in areas where I simulated a more rough rock face I used a 90 minute setting dry wall compound and mixed it to
    trowel it on quite thinly. In a few areas I used strips of cardboard, followed by plaster cloth. I then just used watered down black, followed by grey paint to get the colouring, once that was dried, I did some dry brushing with some white to give it some highlights. The lower part of the hill that hides the helix, I used hydro cal in one purchased rubber mold and also used crumpled up tin foil to form the rocky sections. And yes although it wasn’t intended the Rocky Mountain does look like the one in Close Encounters of the Third Kind! LOL
    Regards, Paul

  20. Hi, regarding the shims, they’re just scrap bits from round the edges of brass kit etching sheets, couple of mil deep and a tad longer than the checkrail, ends bent round to hold them in place and a little dab of superglue at the ends to stop them getting kicked up when I clean the track. Stops stuff with finer profile wheels trying to nip off up the gap where the frog diverges. Only needed them so far on the Peco Code 100 three-ways, of which I have two that I regret using, as they complicate the operating and the electrics, as well as needing this adjustment.
    I’ll see if I can get one to show up in a photo, but that’s the beauty of them, near invisible.

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