Adding snow to your train layout

Tony’s been back in touch – he decided to add a touch of snow to his HO scale.

It’s another fine example of how your layout is exactly what you want it to be – nobody else matters.

It also shows how a layout is never truely finished.

I think when you’ve done all you want to do, that’s the time most people rip it up and start again, because that’s where the fun is.

Anyhow, back to Tony – some of you will remember his layout.

I love the way he’s connected two layouts together:

“Hi Al,

You know that time when you sit and stare at your layout and think, that could do with freshening up ? Well, I have done it again !

First I had extended my 8 x 4 ft HO layout across the window to create an extra 4 x 3 ft where I experimented with various ideas.

Well I finally decided on a winter theme and dived in using copious amounts of Woodland Scenics Soft Flake Snow SN140 – most realistic I have come across.

Anyway I hope you enjoy the photos attached showing the various stages of my layout.

Now onto the scary part for me – the electrics and lighting !

Keep up the good work !

Kind regards


HO scale before scenery

HO scale adding mountain

HO scale adding mountain

HO shelf layout

HO sidings before scenery

HO scale adding scenery

HO scale connecting two layouts

adding scenery to model railroad

adding scenery to model railroad

wide angle of HO scale model railroad

adding snow to model railroad

adding snow to model railroad

adding snow to model railroad

HO scale winter scene

HO scale snow winter scene

HO scale winter

steam train HO scale winter

HO scale ice skaters

HO scasle snow mountain

HO scale winter skier

HO scale winter sports

HO scale winter sports

HO scale winter snow

winter snow HO scale

A big thanks to Tony – he really did put a smile on my face with this update.

And that was very timely because there’s a lot of doom and gloom about at the moment.

I might just be old, but sitting down with paper used to be a joy. It doesn’t feel like that anymore.

But do you know what cheered me up this week?

A bargain. A simple bargain.

I bought a boot – or should that be trunk – liner for my battered old Volvo.

The childish delight of a simple bargain never grows old, even at my age.

Anyway, the long and short of it is it made me think perhaps I can put a smile on some of your faces.

I’ve never been one for running sales – just once or twice a year seems about right to me.

But if a short, sharp sale makes you smile as much as my boot/trunk liner (or Tony’s snow), I thought why not?

So just for one day – and one day only mind – you can get the Beginner’s Guide and 16 printable buildings for the whopping price of just $9.

Just so we’re clear though, it’s just for a day or so…

I know many of you buy the guide just for the printable buildings that are bundled with it, and that’s absolutely fine.

I hope it gives the doom and gloom a poke in the eye.

And of course, it’ll help keep the site chugging along.

That’s all for today folks.

Please do keep ’em coming.

If you want to grab a bargain with lots of free bonus downloads, the Beginner’s Guide is here.



PS Please don’t hang about if you’re mulling this over – it really is a flash in the pan sale. Hope it raises a smile.

17 Responses to Adding snow to your train layout

  1. Brian Rockey says:

    Fantastic Tony! That’s probably the best winter layout I’ve seen with so many great things going on. Brilliant!
    Regards to all.
    Brian, Wokingham, UK

  2. Peter Bayley-Bligh says:

    Very effective especially with the skiers in place.

  3. Thats some fantastic winter scene

  4. Brian Olson says:

    Looks like a Hallmark Movie!

  5. George Zaky says:

    Great job. Love the ski jump.

  6. Scott J says:

    Hah! Your ski jump reminds me of the one in Lake Placid, here in New York. It comes complete with the skaters on Mirror Lake! Good show!

    Scott J, N-scaler in Dundee

  7. Thomas Busler says:

    The only thing missing is a skier on crutches!

  8. Clark says:

    Tony, simply fantastic! A winter wonderland.

  9. Fabulous snow scene, Tony!!! I’m going to go back and look at this several times Sat. and Sun. as its going to be in the 90’s in NYC!!!

  10. How about a video of your layout? Overall, one of the better layouts! Good job!!

  11. Erick says:

    Look great.!!!!!! I hope mine turns out that good.

  12. Geoffrey Plumb says:

    Excellent job indeed, particularly interested as i am building a snow/winter/Christmas scene currently. But I must draw your attention to the British Flag it looks very much as if it is upside down, which indicates distress!
    All the best.

  13. Jim AZ says:

    Nice. One of a kind layout. Definitely unique and great looking.

    Jim AZ

  14. Super ideas!

  15. Gary Thornton says:

    Great winter scene. I can’t wait to see what happens in the spring! Hope your wires don’t get wet – LOL

  16. Mark T. Pianka says:

    That is very sharp layout well done!

  17. Walt says:

    I only wish I had taken some pictures when I built my first layout!
    I hand cut thin cardboard to scale for the expansion cracks and hand laid every single piece!
    I had utility poles with Scale “live” wires strung!
    I used an “N” Scale train around my mountain top to be considered a mine train!
    And to top it all off I also incorporated my skirt car track within my layout including a RR crossing,etc! I even bought semi-trailer rigs to run!
    This bright back many fond memories!

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