The latest from Ken

“Al, the way I see it.

Do your homework. Set reasonable goals relative to:

What layout do I want to build.
How much space do I actually have to work with.
What trade offs will I have to make between wants and practicality.
Where are my skills and expertise.
What outside help might I need.
What outside help is actually available to me and at what cost.
What family time and relationships will be affected by this hobby.
What financial impact and hardships might this hobby impose.
Can I keep it from getting out of control.
Do I have physical limitations to consider.

These are just some considerations. There will be others because we are all different in our own way.


“Hi Al hope all is well and i trust you and your followers have had a great summer modeling! Have a new vid that shows the layout running and the real water spouts are up and flowing. Take a look and I ask you all what kind off vid you would like to see the workings off the layout or the finished .. Maybe a start to finish vid what do you guys think?


(Ken’s latest takes a while to get going – but stay with it. It’s worth it).

Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

Keep ’em coming.



31 Responses to The latest from Ken

  1. Ken’s video is very very good.The bus driver needs to have a talk with the safety crew about running the RED stop light. The water scenes are out of this world

  2. Ken’s layout is over the top. It reminds me of that incredible one in Germany that has planes taking off and landing, autobahn, as well as an incredible train layout.
    Very well done, a real stunner.

  3. Ken .
    Your layout is absolutely amazing!!!!!!!

  4. On a par with Miniatur Wonderland, Hamburg, Germany. I spent an enchanted afternoon there.

  5. hello I would like to know how ken makes the cars and trucks move on the bridge I can see a belt or a cord that is attached to the vehicles it is disguised very well .it is really nice I would like to make it, plus the figures, I have figured out I think ? it would be nice if ken had a video of how he animated al of his animation a real excellent layout with extreme detail in and out of the buildings. keep your site going al it is great I am 75 years old and still playing with trains

  6. It would be nice to see or read from plans, the chronological sequence of the building of this sight and possible websites to visit or to place orders for the electronics, the buildings and the powered cars, trucks and monorail systems.

  7. Ken ! Your modelling is super. And the animation of the entire layout is fantastic. I especially enjoyed the strategically placed mirror to double the underground activity, and the community roller-blading event. A real ‘wowser’ of a layout. Thanks for sharing. – ‘Dave’ in Ontario

  8. That is quite a layout and very impressive. Lots of hours work in that. Awesome.

  9. WoW!
    What a great layout, I can only imagine how many years this awesome layout has taken you to build, not to mention the hours spent building the buildings. It’s an amazing project. You must be so proud of your end result, Thank You for sharing.

    Stemar, (Downunder)

  10. This video is great… The layout is world class… Got to have more please.

  11. Uitstekend! Dat heeft me terug naar Amsterdam gebracht. Beautiful job, Ken!

  12. a great layout right out of my league the scenery is amazing.

  13. There are so many remarkable aspects in Amsterken, such as the buildings, the overall detailing, the lighting. Great sklls combined with investments well beyond the reach of the average modeller.
    But my feeling is that I am looking at a model of a city, not at a railway layout.
    And the water is too clean and therefore unrealistic. Nothing looks less like real water than real water out of its element.. Also the mountainous area is just ludicrous considering this is actually Amsterdam in what is, after all a country, named The Netherlands for some reason,, part of the Low Countries, and where the highest areas around Valkenburg I believe, getting close to Germany, have the topographical size of a molehill. I suppose it is what is known as poetic licence. But congratulations anyway on the quality of many elements.

  14. Now that’s what I call a Layout !!!!!!

  15. SUPERLATIVE work!! Godzilla really cracked me up!!! Thanks!!

  16. That was truly professional job Ken. Detailing was superb. Was the system of running cars , trucks and buses similar to those used for guided vehicles in a factory shop floor. It was as if it was a part of Miniature Wunderaland, Hamburg. Was it your own effort Ken or did you have people to assist you?
    It would be huge task to maintain this, how do you do this? How long did it take to build this ?
    Once again a fantastic effort and mind boggling.

  17. Uber Railway ! Just blown away ! More……..

  18. Fantastic video and layout. I have been looking forward to this next instalment. You hever disappoint Ken. Keep it up.

  19. Ken, what a fantastic layout, loads of hard work has paid off. Keep it up. Brian – RSA

  20. This layout is absolutely amazing. I love the way the cars move and the modeling is some of the best I have ever seen. I love Godzilla!! That is a great touch.

  21. WOW!

  22. WOW Ken,
    Awesome layout!!! Great use of mirrors, fantastic use of water (hope you can get the other canals going) and great choice of music (PJ). Love it, love it, love it!!!
    Keep up the good work
    Adam from Jersey
    Godzilla Rules.

  23. An incredible layout! I can’t imagine how many hundreds of hours it took to put it together. How do the cars, trucks and busses work? Are they all remote-controlled vehicles? I’d love to to know the secret!

  24. great stuff, with some good ideas. Are you locked up in the train room because
    I don’t know where you get the time to achieve all this. Thanks for sharing.
    Jon Canberra Australia.

  25. Ken, that is an absolutely awesome layout. I’ve got to go back and watch again because somehow I missed Godzilla???? How did you keep the water contained? I love the movement of the water!

    And Zip, I agree there should be goals but I get stumped on your first one.. I just don’t know what layout I want. I think I have plenty of room. Time is another problem. I would love to have outside advice but sure can’t afford to pay for it.

  26. love that bus, never seen one like it, where ya buy it? layout is so great, water and all!

  27. Well done Ken, you make it look so easy in place’s, by the way just asking along the canal that thats not the house that was built with one door you have modeled is. Chris Melbourne Australia.

  28. amazing layout please post more….

  29. Fantastic and love the skating figures. Where did they come from and can you get them in 00/H0.
    Roy. Shrewsbury UK

  30. Great layout Ken I am only starting and your layout gives me so much inspiration. I love the water scenes. Good to see that someone else has Godzilla in their layout.

    Cheers Richard Australia

  31. Ken,

    I love the water scenes. Your layout was so inspiring and incredible.

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