A Brazilian layout!

“Hi Alastar, every friday I open my e-mail and anjoy the photos an movies, my name is Anderson I am from Curitiba Brazil. I am now 38 years old and 25 years ago I knower Gastão, today he is about 90 years old. He builds the most beautiful HO layout that I know in my City. Therefore I would like today to honor him sending some photos from his layout to your post. He knows everything about railroad as he worked for more than 30 years on the local railroad as an engineer. I learned so much with his histories.

His layout represents the Brazilian railroad during 1970. Please, enjoy the pictures.

Thanks you very much.























A big thanks to Anderson for sharing his friend’s layout. Hope you liked it as much as I did.

That’s all for today folks.

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85 Responses to A Brazilian layout!

  1. Anthony Morris says:

    Very Impressed. Good looking Layout

  2. Rob.Billing says:

    Excellent work

  3. Toni O. says:


    Thank you ever so much for sending in the photos of Gastão’s beautiful HO layout.
    He has done a magnificent job at assembling such a marvelous layout. I have an idea that you had assisted him and if so, you surely did a fine job as well.

    I am going to check an Atlas map to find out where Curitiba Brazil is located.

  4. a r murrell says:

    A work of art, magical and inspiring !!!
    A R Murrell

  5. Brian Messenger says:

    Impressed with the interior detail in the buildings. Nice layout.

  6. ron pitt from manchester says:

    Hi Anderson, you’r friend’s layout is brilliant, so much detail and skill , a real credit to his modeling , a work of art.
    Regards Ron.

  7. Mike says:

    Quite a large looking layout and very well detailed too! Nice to see a Brazilian Railroad it gives you an insight to other countries systems, very well done any chance of a track plan?

  8. Max Dosser says:

    Great layout by a master modeller. Exquisit attention to detail. I love it.
    I am 75 so there’s hope for me yet to finally complete my layout.
    Max D

  9. Paul E Geigle says:

    Thanks for sharing the photos of your Brazilian friend’s incredible layout. Nice to know he is still alive and that you two men enjoy model railroading as a hobby as friends. A truly impressive layout by Gastao.

  10. Yolli says:

    WOW!!! Thats awesome, leaves my little N Scale in the dust…..love the people in the houses and businesses. Perhaps by the time Im 90, mine will look this good 🙂

  11. Daniel Chapman says:

    Thank You very much for all that You have done with model RailRoading, I am watching and learning all that I can. I did N Scale back in 1976 with a real working water flowing river and waterfall, train yard and roundhouse turn table, to a coal mountain and a lumber mountain, and a large community with stores and lumber company. It was and is a great enjoyment to me. I know You all are enjoying it as well. I am 61 years of age and desire to return back into model RailRoading with many ideas, but I need to get back to work first so I can afford it. Thank You for all the encouragement You have given me.

  12. Bruce says:

    The night scenes are famtastic. He has done a lovely build. Congrats.

  13. Old Trainman says:

    What an amazing layout. Very well photographed too.

  14. Lewis Bolen says:

    This is a very detailed and enormous layout and is very pleasing to look at. There are so many details that he has put into this and must have taken a lot of loving hours to accomplish it to this level. Well done to say the least. Thank you for letting us see this.

  15. Mark Allen says:

    Superior work Anderson, beautiful!

  16. John Bos says:

    I loved the night shots and the well-detailed interiors with people doing all sorts of activity. I also very much liked the curved (instead of straight) long line cutting through the mountain. Great layout and easy-to-grasp control board.

    Al, it could be interesting to create one of your emails featuring a variety of control panels. Just a thought!


  17. John Meehan says:

    Wow! Tudo Bem! Belleza! Thanks for sharing it!


  18. Jaaques Shellaque says:

    Thanks for sharing this great layout. The “night” pictures and building
    interiors are especially inspiring.

  19. charles vizthum says:

    very good

  20. Richard H. Meyer says:

    Interior details are remarkable. Very interesting layout.

  21. Richard H. Meyer says:

    Beautiful buildings.

  22. Bob Rickert says:

    WOW!! what a layout!!! Looks like he has a living room for his layout location. It is really big!! Nice work Gastao and thanks Anderson for sharing. He has done a magnificent job.

  23. Barry Palmer says:

    Beautifully done, very detailed!!!!!!

  24. Carl says:

    Wow! the only word to describe this very impressive layout. Well done.

  25. Peter says:

    Impressive layout, love the night time shots!

  26. Jim Donovan says:

    Nice detail, Thanks for sharing

  27. Jack Burkle says:

    One of the very best detailed night scenes I have seen so far. The lights don’t show through the walls like most layouts I have seen. I know how hard it is to work w/those tiny lights. Very good work and the night pictures show it!

  28. Bill Fitzpatrick says:

    That is a very fine layout. The interior detail is very good. The lighting is very realistic. We can all learn a lot from this gentleman.

  29. Hank Vonk says:

    It’s layouts like this that keep me inspired as I work on my own layout.

  30. Ed Dunaway says:

    Major work on this layout, it is a testament to your friends ability both as a hobby and the many years on the job experience. The layout pictures are Fantastic really appreciated the detail work, the night shots, but my favorite is the Roundhouse….
    Hope you will consider more pictures soon.
    My best to You……


  31. Bullfrog Eh in Ontario says:

    Very impressed with the lighting displays and the ‘open-door’ idea to the commercial street-side location – magnificent !

  32. Roland Burch says:

    You have a beautiful layout and so detail.

  33. Mike Street says:

    Great backdrops, especially the mountains, loved the people filled buildings, full of life, loved the whole thing, great layout all round. Well done Gastao and thanks to Anderson for sending the pictures. Mike S

  34. paul Otway says:

    A well made layout, lots of detail.

  35. Jim says:

    VERY nice layout! Would love to see some video.

  36. Tom says:

    Anderson thank you for sharing your friend Gastao’s wonderfully detailed and beautiful model railroad. He is a Master Craftsman.

    Thanks Al for sharing it with us!



  37. D.B. Lewis says:

    Wow. What strikes me is the wide variety of color. Unexpectedly (to me), it adds an emotional dimension to the scenes that tickle my imagination.

  38. Arnie Steiner says:

    Hi Anderson (& Gastao) — A marvelous depiction of the Brazilian railway. Finely detailed with much to see and enjoy. I like the incorportation of aspects of differing international rolling stock, as well as structural and automotive items spanning several eras.


  39. Ross Johnston says:

    Great photos of a great layout Anderson. Could you possibly send a copy of the actual layout and its dimensions. Congratulate gastao on his efforts. Cheers Rossco

  40. Deano says:

    A very well thought out and developed empire! One question though. I see catenary over the streets. Does your friend also operate the old Faller powered buses? I would be great if you have some photos of those as well… Hope to see more …. Any chance we might have a video in the future to enjoy? Thank you for your time in honoring your accomplished friend!

  41. dreameagle says:

    just simply outstanding;

    the night views look even more realistic!

    all that’s missing is a lake and a small airport;

  42. Duncan Galbraith says:

    A true master of the hobby. Great detail – could we see some more? A video would be wonderful. Thanks! D/

  43. Herb Roberson says:

    Truly an outstanding gem of a layout. Thank you for sharing!

  44. George D. Snow says:

    Very nice work – not a detail missed! Beautiful and impressive!

  45. Thomas says:

    WOW. That’s all I can just say….. WOW!

  46. John says:

    Great layout.
    Better than some exhibition layouts I have seen in the past.
    Would love to have a session on it with you.
    But not much chance of that as I am in England.

  47. THOMAS says:


  48. enrique recalde says:

    Magnificent work, so beautiful

  49. enrique recalde says:

    Good job, is magnificent

  50. steve wilson says:

    Great job, i really enjoy all the inspiration i get from all who send in. Also want to say hello from the usa .

  51. Ian Mathers says:

    Beautiful night scenes. Every photo is inspiring.

  52. nice buildings ,they seem to be well lit !

  53. Linda H says:

    Awesome layout! I especially love the detail and lighting inside the buildings. Those type of details to me really make a great layout. Can you share how you did the lighting?
    Keep up the great work.

  54. Linda says:

    Absolutely gorgeous. Wonderful details, especially like the details inside the buildings. Where did he find the people with unique poses? You can tell he has much patience and talent spending so much time with incredible results.
    Thanks for sharing.

  55. Ricardo Eyzaguirre says:

    maissin layout I have been in Curitiva beautiful place thank very much for the gray layout specially to Gastao but also to you Anderson, by a way me wife and daughter are from MS-Brazil and for the time been we leaving in China but I have with me a lot of steam train hear and time to time we do a track and running our fantastic trains.

    Best regards to all of you

  56. Mike Palumbo says:

    Great to see a layout from somewhere other than Europe or America, and what a layout! Lighted houses and buildings with people in them, lots of cars and action going on all over. And then there is the control panel, right out of a real control tower. 5 stars from me !!

  57. Cary B says:

    Beautiful layout, Thanks so much for sharing.

    Cary B

  58. Rob Shuman says:

    Great work. Lots of nice detail. buen trabajo!

  59. Terry Miller says:

    Thanks for the photos Anderson–as you said–a great layout.
    Also thanks for the picture of his control panel which should satisfy those of us who like to look at a track plan..

  60. Harv says:

    great night lighting, very impressive. really like the round house as well. Good job.

  61. Bill Holt says:

    Do like the black & red steam locos. The round house table is excellent.

    GOOD JOB !!!

  62. Robert Brady says:

    patience is a virtue love those occupied buildings ! the whole city is super!

  63. James Marek says:

    Wow! I don’t impress easily, but your layout is fantastic! I especially like the nighttime scenes. Super nice!!!

  64. The things that bond us together although small to many are huge to few. Coming from a model RR family, thank you for sharing those pictures. Even our friends across the oceans and north and south can know that common bond…

  65. Gary M says:

    That is an impressive layout……..How long did it take you?..

  66. Bill in Virginia says:

    Anderson you honor your friend well! He has a beautiful layout and it shows his love and skills in our great hobby. Absolutely beautiful layout there .

  67. John Birch says:

    Stunning detail. A work of art. I love the detailed interior of the buildings. There is so much scope to express oneself in so many different ways in this hobby which is what makes the hobby so great. It has been part of my life since I was a kid and my dad had a wind-up Hornby train set.

  68. Graham Smith says:

    Anderson, Gastão’s layout is fantastic and so well made. I love seeing the small ‘cameos’ dotted around the town like the fat guy leaving the building. You must make sure Gastão knows how much his work is being admired around the world.

  69. Bruce Barker says:

    He’s done a fantastic job on his layout, I’m really impressed with the interior of the buildings , the color and detail of the layout, even down to the grass and placement of the buildings. I can only my layout looks and has some of great details that he has designed into his. Again a fantastic job

  70. Anderson, What an honor to “meet” your friend in this way.
    The layout he has constructed is a testament to his love and eye for detail.
    As so many have said, the interior scenes are well done, very well done.
    The night scenes are some of the best I have seen…
    Just fantastic.

  71. Mark T. Pianka says:

    Great Layout!! Very well done!!

  72. PARKER STEPHEN E says:

    I spent my career restoring WWII and Cold War Era sites. Memories/histories/documents we always a rare gift. You friend might enjoy recording his history. His work is invaluable knowledge. Have fun with him I’m sure he will enjoy it.

  73. Ben says:

    Beautiful work! Thank you for your kindness by sharing the layout with the world!

  74. David Miller says:

    Great layout!

  75. Lou Farkas says:

    Will A Cornerstone turntable control box # 933-2320 work with a Cornerstone turntable #933-3171 ?

  76. Old Ben says:

    Beautiful control board

  77. Gary Mitchell says:

    Hi from NZ, great looking layout.

  78. Mark Nelson says:

    It is all amazing and i imagine the journey was awesome. What next as the journey is all? I hope one day to get close to a display like that one.

  79. Fred Anderson from Australia says:

    Hi Anderson loved the great layout and spotted a Trolley Bus, does it move and how does it travel

  80. Walt says:

    Fabulous layout, tremendous detail!
    Thanks for sharing!

  81. John D. says:

    very well done. good work!

  82. Ronald Seto says:

    Excellent layout! I would be interested in knowing what the model railroading scene is in Brazil.


    beautiful layout .I have not seen so much detail in a lot of layouts. He has done a great job and I would like to see more.

  84. Michael Paulos says:

    Beautiful! Now I’m going to have Villa Lobos’ “Little Train of the Caipira” running through my head for the rest of the day. Congratulations on a fine layout and “abrigado” for sharing it.

  85. Derailed Dave says:

    First time post. WOW!
    My head is still spinning from all the action. Vary nice, I can feeln your passion. Your layout has inspired me to Start on my S guage layout. I hope to see more layouts on this level.
    P.S. Thanks to Al for all the wonderful posts, pictures & videos. KEEP ON CHUGGING, everyone keep the passion.

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