Pennsylvania trains video


Thanks for all the modeling tips. Here are a few more:

Cutting cork roadbed – We all know that cork roadbed is tough to cut. Sear’s sells a great rubber hose cutter (looks like a large set of pruning shears). It cuts through cork roadbed like butter with a clean straight edge.

Nails/Pins – For “dry fitting” new track, use Woodlands Scenics 2” foam nails. They are 2” long pins that have a “T” on the top. They fit through the holes in the track and are easily removed and replaced by track nails.

Nails/pins – Small nails and pins are tough to pick up on a flat surface. Go to the automotive parts store and buy a magnet on a telescoping wand. Just sweep the magnet over the nails pins for really fast and easy pick up.




I used aluminum foil to make rock landscapes.

Spray the foil with the colors that you want it to be, then crinkled it up and then shape as desired. depend on the size of the mountain, you may need to built a support behind.

I have a 1 x 4 “curb” around the perimeter of my platform and covered it with the foil.
In one location on the back wall, to cover it, I used large sheets of foil, mounted it on large sheets of cardboard, and “stuffed” various places to give it a 3 dimensional look.

Also, I used roofing shingles for my roads. and for grass, I gathered sawdust from the lumber yard and dyed it with Rit (green) by getting various textures of sawdust, I can have a smoothly cut lawn, or a heavy, thick hay field


” The first step in any model RR is to get piece of grid paper spaced out in 1′ squares and design you layout on paper first making sure you have enough room for what ever industries and what not, keep in mind that you need space for you trains to run from one point to another to keep it real.

Tom Pres. CEO & mostly janitor…Narragansett RR On3, Gn15 and soon to be indoor G Scale”

“I’m sorry I didn’t include any photos of Pennsylvania trains in my photos. So here’s a couple of videos of my pennsy trains on my layout. You can also get a better view of the south end of the layout here. Thanks so much for posting my photos for the group!


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17 Responses to Pennsylvania trains video

  1. Sorry my mistake the computer jumped the video… A fine looking layout
    I must just be jealous all the very best paul

  2. Nice layout Andrew, can we see a lot more please, like the scenics

  3. I love seeing things come to life. I can only hope that layout can be so fun. Great job.

  4. Very nice, looks like you did a lot of work. My one suggestion is some weathering, everything looks new and shinny. Still very nice.

  5. Nice to see the PRR on Rolling Stock and engines WITH a caboose at the end. I also agree with Mike, Rolling stock & engines need to look like they have been Working the rails for a few years.


    Thanks everyone for helpful tips

    Thanks Al for bringing them to us


  7. One of the biggest comments that I keep reading is that engines and rolling stock that does not look natural and too unused or new. Well, I have been going thru a few boxes of old, model railroad magazines. I read in one of them, a tip from a young modeler that makes a lot of sense. When they get a new piece of rolling stock, or a new engine, they would give the model shell a light spray of what they called “Dull-Coat”, then let it dry before weathering the model. This would act like a primer coat, then they would weather the unit to their desire and then give it another light spray coat of “Dull-Coat” to set the weathering. They also mentioned that if they were out of the “Dull-Coat”, they would use thinned “Artist Mat” mixture in the same fashion. As a former artist this makes sense to me, because a high gloss finish looks so un-natural on a something that is supposed to look real.

    I also have another tip for those that like to do detailing and scenery. Go to your local dentist and ask them if you can obtain used dental tools from them. I’m not suggesting large tools like dental drills and stuff, but rather smaller tools like dental spoons, picks and files. These tools are great for detail work. If they don’t have any that they can part with, check the local dental supplier. If that is not feasible then check your local art supplier for clay working tools. One of these tools is a thin handled tool with blades on both ends. One blade is triangle shaped with a curved, crescent shaped blade on the other end. This tool is great for detailing rock cliffs.

  8. Just think that your layout is extrodinady! It would be even neater if the cars on the road were in motion too.


  10. pa train. love it. thanks

  11. Looks like a wonderful layout! But, if the train is in Pennsylvania, I’m surprised to see the Santa Fe logo in the background tower! Otherwise, great scene.


  12. I have a good friend who has been operating a model railroad sales/hobby shop in East Stroudsburg for decades now. He is a wonderful airbrush artist/author fro Badger. I hope he appreciates my sharing this video with him. You might know him Andrew. His name is Peter West. Thanks for an exciting share.

  13. great, reminds me of my old neighborhood thru the 60’s and 70’s.

  14. Just a hint. The Pennsylvania ran its GP7 & 9 and ALCo RS1,2 & 3 long nose forward. This was to protect the crews. The F-M’s and Baldwin’s ran short nose forward. Short nose forward did not occur on EMD or ALCo until thw arrival of GP20s and RS15’s.

  15. very detailed layout very impressive layout in my opinion

  16. My first impression was the camera work-it was as someone else has said, very professional, KISS is the way to do it. Plus the layout was very good. Just one spare hour and Mine will look–nothing like this.

  17. I’ve just discovered a good, and relatively cheep solution to providing scatter materials of the correct colour: use the real thing.
    If you take. for example, petals from the flowers you wish to provide and dry them in a microwave oven at 10% (I.e. the oven is on for a short period of time then off for nine times that period} this long space between ON periods allows the moisture to dissipate, doesn’t cook the plant material and, surprisingly, keeps the colour true . You need to experiment with the timing but I find that 60min at 10% works well to start then repeat as necessary. The main advantage of using the Microwave oven is that the radiation kills all the bacteria which would otherwise cause the biological matter to rot so it stays fresh.
    Once dried you and crush or grind, in a mortar and pestle, the petals to suit your chosen scale.
    Keep up the good work Denis (British N Gauge)

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