Alasdair’s latest progress with his layout

“Hi again al, just a few night time photos for you and all our other modellers, I have now got the happy job of creating the town this winter.

I hope all is well with everybody and keep the great pictures and videos coming , thanks again for all help everyone has given



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model train track plan

A wonderful layout – bags of character. I particularly liked the night scenes.

Please keep ’em coming. Just hit reply to any of the emails I send and you’ll get through to me.

That’s all for today folks.

Please do keep ’em coming.

And if today is the day you get stop dreaming and start doing, the Beginner’s Guide is here.



PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

PPS More HO scale train layouts here if that’s your thing.

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43 Responses to Alasdair’s latest progress with his layout

  1. Cyril says:

    A man after my own heart. Run a layout as you want and enjoy it, not the rivet counters way.
    Wonderful attention to detail beautifully modelled.
    I mix GWR and SR with rolling stock that I like whether or not it happened in real life. That is what railway modelling is all about.
    Enjoy your winter modelling with the town.

  2. Very nice pictures Alasdair

  3. john creasey says:

    lovely layout and so busy everywhere

  4. Ian says:

    great photos the detail is so superb night shots unbelieveable plenty of trains and lots of track keeps the mind thiinking love it.

  5. John M says:

    Can we get a closer look at your control board amd the power transformer/controller stand you place it on?

    I’m trying to figure out a good way to build a couple of flat spots on my benchwork (but not on the layout) to place my train controllers where i can use them but with minimal interference with the front panel fascia and not on the scenic portion of the layout.

  6. John says:

    Wonderful pictures. Can you tell us more about the control panel for you switches?

  7. Roland Burch says:

    Wonderful layout Alasdair.

  8. builder Kim says:

    Hi what a nice layout you have.I have never seen your layout and am impressed.Really like a lot you have on it.Those steam engines are super nice.The more I look at them pictures the more I learn.Thankyou very much Al for the photo’s.Like to see more Al.

  9. I agree. It would be a shame to destroy such a complex and fantastic looking layout.
    Is it possible to get a drawing of the track plan? I tried to make sense from the control panel picture but I am still missing it. I think it is great. Not uncommon to see 2 levels in a layout but to see what I believe is 3 active and connected levels is really nice. More info please.

  10. Dave Fairfull says:

    Enjoyed your photos very much.I echo John M’s comment about your control board it looks interesting too.

  11. Peter Jones says:

    What a great layout Alasdair, thanks for sharing

  12. Rog says:

    Awesome!! I printed out several pictures for my future references..
    great Lighting as well.. – Rog

  13. Bob Miller says:

    I thought my layout was a little crowded Alasdair but now that I have seen your layout,it’s back to my desk to build more structures. I think you have done an outstanding job and have provided me with some very good ideas..

  14. paul Otway says:

    A beautiful layout

  15. Rob says:

    Looks very well.

  16. Ed Clark says:

    Great job, lots of detail.

  17. vince says:

    What a fabulous layout and night scenes, I know it takes attention to detail, a lot of work and patience to achieve such great results.

  18. THOMAS says:


  19. Arnie Steiner says:

    A great deal detail packed into a small space! Very nicely done.

  20. Willie Kerr (Glasgow) says:

    Well done Alasdair, lovely layout, plenty in it to keep it busy. I like your controllers too.

  21. Brian Moretti says:

    nice layout how do I upload pics of my layout for all to see , can you help me

  22. builder Kim says:

    Hi send the pic’s to Al.

  23. Rod Mackay says:

    I’m really moved by the American layout for sale, I do hope it found a home, it is a perennial problem, the chances of finding someone who shares your taste in layout gauge, electrics, location, era and has a similar space available are incredibly small. At least the builder didn’t have to see it all broken up, as you might if you have to move to a retirement flat, say. I suppose we can help our executors re-home our work if we make it in easily dismantled sections, make a diagram of the wiring layout, and don’t build stuff fixed to walls or in bigger chunks than will go down the stairs.

  24. Ian says:

    It looks wonderfully compact and busy

  25. Michael says:

    Fantastic it really is you must be proud

  26. Don says:

    I have never seen a railway line with vegitation growing between the lines.

  27. tom in az says:

    For the person looking for ways to mount controls, I have 3 layouts 2 have the controls mounted on slide out boards. I use drawer slides and leave extra wire to allow to pull out. The 3rd I mounted my switches on a board with a hindge so it can either fold down flat or lift up for easy use, both ways work well. Hope this helps some just my way I guess. Tom in Payson AZ

  28. Jim says:

    Truly neat stuff.

    Jim AZ

  29. Don says:

    A lot of work here and very well done, but its too busy for me and somewhat confusing with so much detail! But very well done!

  30. David Hannan says:

    The detailing is superb!
    Yes, the control panel is very interesting. Can you give us all some more information on it please? The switches seem to be designed to show on the panel exactly how the points (turnouts) are set.

    Dirty Dave

  31. Stephen D Gispanski says:

    Very nice layout, design from the heart of the modeler.

  32. Hemi says:

    VERY NICE man! A OT going on EVERYWHERE on that over-the-big-pond layout.. NICELY done! ~Hemi

  33. Wm althaus says:

    Really nice! Lots of railroad action going on. Has to be fun to operate

  34. Mike says:

    A bit crowded but a lot of fun.
    Could we all, please, take the trouble to tell us what guage the layouts are? N, OO or O (or any others.)

  35. John Wilson says:

    Nice layout. I just started receiving these so forgive me for my ignorance but is this HO or G scale?

  36. Old Ben says:

    FANTASTIC detail… Congrats

  37. Gary says:

    Hi Alasdair from N Z my type of layout do what you like, looks great.

  38. Charles Eyster says:

    Always have the same question: what gauge? Wish you could include it in each submission. Thanks.

  39. Bob Z. says:

    Alistair, this is the first time I’ve seen pictures of your layout. Wow very impressive, you have a lot going on. Multiple lines running, with individual laid down ballast, and track. No short cuts for you, Congrats on that layout.
    Bob Z.

  40. Peter (29 years London Fire Brigade) says:

    Great layout, but there is a common mistake that even seen on “Dangerous Dave’s” set. In the Uk we have Fire Stations not Fire Engine Stations nor a Fire House. This confusion is caused by the USA defining their appliances crews as ‘Engine Companies’ or ‘Hook & Ladder Companies’; the former are mainly to fight the fire while the latter use the ladders to affect the rescues. Obviously the roles will overlap when it is needed. In England all firefighters are trained to perform all skills. One shift they will be on the first appliance from the Fire Staton, three of this crew will start to rescue the public while the other two of the crew will start fighting the fire. The other fire appliance, on arrival, will assist in the firefighting and searching the building for any missing persons. The next shift they will be on the second fire appliance to leave the Fire station.

  41. Stephen Hill says:

    I suspect that folks who have never seen a model railroad layout imagine with anticipation in the heads that they will see exactly what you have created . Splendid job , has everything one expects to see in a train display . You have captured it indeed …. Really well done and fun , fun to watch and fun to operate . Superb work sir !

  42. Kenneth R Fox says:

    The layout is way too congested for my liking and the houses appear to be too close to the edge as if they would collapse, but this is only my opinion and perspective.

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