Peter’s superb layout

“Hi Alistair

My layout is in a room I made from the back half of a garage. There are 2 main lines and 1 branch line. The 2 main lines wind around the complete room. Being DCC I can run multiple trains but am still learning the way of doing it to prevent accidents!

After early experiments on mountain building with paper mache and wire frames I decided polystyrene foam cut and shaped with hot knife/hot wire tools covered with plaster cloth to be the best solution. As others have mentioned we don’t get the pink foam batts in Australia. Using rock moulds and liberal use of Plaster of Paris on top and voila a mountain.

Scree slopes are made from the little extra bits that form on the plaster moulds glued together. The plaster cloth is cheaper if you buy it from medical suppliers rather than using hobby shop supplies.

A great method for making waterfalls and stream beds is using silicon sealant, I can provide instructions for this if anyone is interested.

I use a cheaper version of a grasmaster for static grass. Models are either falller/volmer kits, or for more effort and fun, paper and cardboard models printed at home from templates provided by a UK company.

The backdrops are from high res photographs (one from a friend taken on his swiss holiday). There is a Mac App that allows printing of these on an ordinary A4 printer which I back onto large cardboard sheets and attach to the wall.

I have one canal with real water.

That’s all I can think of for now.

















A big thanks to Peter. What a layout!

Please do keep ’em coming. And if you’re heading off to ebay, the cheat sheet should save you a small fortune. Latest one is here.



32 Responses to Peter’s superb layout

  1. Outstanding…..very impressive ,with good attention to detail

  2. Now thats what I call a superb layout , well done Pete

  3. Peter’s layout is superb. Nicely done and hats off to him!

  4. Fantastic layout Peter great scenery thanks for showing us.

  5. Hi Peter.Wow very nice layout.Im Canadian and used to the snow topped mountain’s.Those are very close to the real thing with the snow and all.Well done Peter.You have a good eye for detail.May I suggest more people and maybe scatter alittle garbage around.Like wrapper’s papers and such.Really make’s a huge difference.As I have never seen a perfectly clean town or village or city.Photo 2 and 6 is screaming for white horn sheep.If you find a photo of the right size and shape sheep.Cut out the picture and follow all the lines of the sheep will work.Since it be at a distance.Add some bear’s deer and other animals be wild.I suppose it depends on what country your from for the animal’s.Again super nice and would love to see more pictures .Thanks

  6. Yes peter your layout is well done. I’m interested to know your method for creating the waterfall, (each person has their preferred way of doing their water, streams, rivers and waterfalls). Please show us how you do yours, (with pictures of video clip). Greatly appreciate you doing so. Toni

  7. Wonderful layout. I would like to see your track plan. How you were able to use so many tunnels with two main lines.

  8. Really like the layout. Highly detailed with a lot
    of thought put into it. If you have time
    could you email me the idea you have on
    a waterfall with silicon.

  9. great layout Peter….
    took a lotta time on your detail I see
    and yeh show us how you do the waterfalls with the silicone…
    keep it up

  10. Yes, I would surely like to know how you use silicone sealant for water. I am trying to make some waves using Water Effects over dried Realistic Water. Possibly silicone sealant is easier. I know where to buy silicone, but can one buy the silicone sealant at hardware stores as well?

  11. Yes, great layout. Would love to see how you did the waterfall.

  12. nice railway

  13. great layout the detail is amazing.

  14. WELL DONE!

  15. Fantastic work. But again I must ask, what scale??

  16. Makes me want to step right in and visit that mountain town! Nice!

  17. Weathering, it’s what makes it look real.

  18. What a great layout and with such superb details too!!! Very envious. I too would like to see a track layout diagram if possible please.

  19. Great work congratulations Peter!!!!!!

  20. Fantastic !! Totally impressed with the way the backdrop and foreground merge together. photo 11 from the top with the town in the foreground and the valley backdrop is just superb, the perspective is just perfect.

    Lost for words, just brilliant.


  21. you have done a few 0 gauge 3 rail layouts. all us 0 gauger’s
    would love to see a few more. You do such a great job.

  22. Great work and I mean work.I too would like to know how you did the silicone water and the snow on the mountain.I ‘m a beginner
    Thanks Joe

  23. Nice and superb layout. All details exposed. Good job.

  24. Hi Peter,
    WoW what a great looking layout, I’m impressed how you’ve been able to use the backdrops, by incorperatting them into the layout with such realisem, because at first glance it looks as if the layout goes right back and the track plan gives the same impression as you follow the direction of the trains, so congratulations and thanks for sharring them with us all.

    Stemar, (Downunder)

  25. Wonderful layout. I love the way your back drop blends into the diorama.
    I would be interested in seeing your silicon water method .

  26. I really do love your layout and concept of Switzerland. Being Swiss myself, I always wanted to build such a layout. I think I have now been inspired even more now by your layout to do so! Excellent detail and work! Bravo!!!

  27. FANTASTIC display

  28. Good display

  29. Hi Joe
    Snow on the mountain is a mixture of Woodland Scenics snow and a shiny flake snow from the hobby shop.
    To get the lumpy drift effect i mix them together into a slurry with watered down PVC glue until consistency allows it to run slowly. Then slowly pour from top of mountain.
    I sprinkle on more snow after layering diluted PVC glue on the mountain to create a wider but shallower effect.

  30. Hi Peter,
    What can I say if it were mine I would feel fantastic about my layout. your attention to detail is fantastic. I too would like to know how you did the water fall using silicon water part. please email me with instructions or suggestions.


  31. WOW!!!

  32. Great achievement, well done. How have you made the conifer trees?

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