Robert’s layout

“Hi Al,

Here is 2 photos of the first train to Little Benton.

It was a Pullman train hauled by Southern Railway Schools Class 925 Cheltenham, with a 2 car Pullman Special..

The East Coast Express hauled by Flying Scotsman is waiting in The bay Platform for the Pullman to pass.

The Pullman car has lights fitted.




“hi alastair,

I’m Bob from Harrisville RI. I…like your email details

and tips i’vebeen working on my mapleville Vermont railroad for 15 years now (isn’t it a shame there isn’t such a town ),and with an injury I had ample time to finish it (well 95% anyway). I haven’t posted any pic’s anywhere I didn’t think any were worth posting well here goes

tx bob”

cn gp38 north

cv 4559 north

cv blue

cvgt from bridge

mapleville central

pw south


“Hi Al

This video shows a 59 class Mikado heading a workers’ train to Broadmeadow loco near Newcastle passing a 60 class Garratt on a fast refrigerated freight bound for Sydney c1967. I’ll have to send you one at a time because the videos take a while to process.

Best wishes


Big thanks to everyone. Some of you may remember Geoff’s layout from a few posts back. A stunning piece.

If you’d like to submit any pics or tips, just hit reply to any of the emails I’ve sent you and let me know about your layout.

And it you’re heading off to ebay, don’t forget the latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

Please do keep ’em coming.



PS You can search through years of posts, here.

14 Responses to Robert’s layout

  1. very good layout paul i like it very mutch thanks for letting us see it

  2. Hi Bob. Your layout look’s great. I think you done well. Would like to see more picture if possible. We all learn from each other. Im not that far from Vermont. Keep building and sending photo’s.

  3. Robert, Bob , and Geoff….
    excellent layouts all…
    nice detail and we wanna see MORE pics and videos!!
    keep ’em runnin fellas….!!!

  4. The best setting to take photos of model railways is SCn.

    My Pullman cars are Hornby, as is the schools, which is Hornby Railroad.

    If anyone knows how to put passegers in the Pullman cars, Please let me know via Al’s emails.

    Paul Otway

  5. Well worth posting Bob
    From what I can remember of Vermont the terrain is spectacular, I can still remember standing on the platform at Port Kent wondering if I had picked the wrong stop and hoping that there might be a ferry along sometime.

  6. Geoff, great scenery, I am also modelling in Australia, how did you do that great gum tree………..

  7. G’day Geoff.
    The nostalgia of seeing New South Wales trains operating on a model railway is nearly overpowering. I travelled on the New South Wales trains for most of the 42-1/2 yers I worked at the BHP steelworks in Newcastle NSW. Many trips were in those cars similar to your workers’ train. For quite a while I was usually among the first on the train as it stated from Telrah – a suburb over Maitland. Those carriages had seats which could be manipulated so that you could get four seats facing one another. The idea was that as the train proceeded towards Newcastle, various friends would join the train and we would end up with a four for a game of cards – euchre, or 500 depending upon our whim. Occasionally we would drift into show poker. Coming home, there would be another set of four and out would come the cards. By the way, I usually had the cards – buying a new pack every so often.

    Bruce from Maitland.

  8. Very nice layout Bob. The bridges are exceptionally well done. I can only imagine how well the total layout is done. Send more pictures please….

  9. Bob
    You have created some nice mountain scenery there on your railroad. Well done, looks very effective.

  10. Great video Geoff! Good to see some Australian layouts and I liked the Garrett. I actually saw a newly painted gaarrett at the Rail Museum in Manchester in 2003 and it was magnificent. There is a SA garrett at the National Rail Museum in Port Adelaide, painted black ofcourse.
    Also I liked your pictures Bob and especially your bridges. Great stuff!!!

  11. Paul, great work, I like the lighting in your observation car. But it seriously needs some passengers adding.

  12. Nice layout Bob and love that green and yellow Central Vermont paint scheme.

  13. Great work!

  14. great pictures and video

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