Amsterken video!

Rob sent this wonderful pic in. Does anybody know where it is?

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Now on to the main event.

If you thought Ken’s pics of his layout were amazing – wait to you see his video:

Just an amazing layout. Big thanks to Ken!

Still getting emails on the ‘adding sound to your layout’ link. It’s here.

And don’t forget the latest ebay cheat sheet is here.



82 Responses to Amsterken video!

  1. Jan de Zwaan says:

    I think it is part of a abandoned railway passing the south of Limburg ( The Netherlands ) from Belgiun to Germany in the vincinity of Vaals.


  2. Kenny A. (Chicago) says:

    Totally amazing. I like the buses moving on the streets and the construction site. Are they controlled by magnets underneath ?

  3. Cameron Davies says:


  4. andy says:

    Wow that is iimpressive . how do you get the vehicles to run?

  5. Max Dosser (Australia) says:

    Unbelievable – absolutely bloody incredible.
    The Bus and earthmoving equipment would have to be radio controlled

  6. PETER BENSON says:

    Well done its a long time since I have been to Amsterdam,but you took my Memories back thanks peter Norfolk UK.

  7. Bob Lowes says:

    Outstanding!! Great attention to detail. If one didn’t know better it looks so real. I almost started running to catch the bus. One of the best!!
    Thanks for sharing.

  8. Paul Greene says:

    don’t quite know what to say. WOW

  9. jim says:

    that is beautiful, what a wonderful imagination!

  10. John M says:

    Where are the Fietsers? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    “Watch out for the tram” and “watch out for the cyclist” is the only Dutch I can speak!

    Great layout and great video! Brings back a lot of fond memories.


  11. Amsterken says:

    The buses on the layout are Faller car system…. Diggers are moved with turnout switch motors… Thank You so much guys for the great response to Amsterken.

  12. Bob Shaeff says:

    Having visited Amsterdam this past August, the front of the Rijksmuseum is just great; looks like we could walk right in to view Rembrandt’s “Night Watch” painting. Several parts of the canal scenes bring back memories of the colorful homes, bridges and churches. Great job.

  13. Douglas of Cornwall says:

    Great layout Ken, I don’t remember the mountain outside Amsterdam when I went there, but that was some time ago! That’s the beauty of railway modelling, you can put anything anywhere you want to. Congratulations on a superb layout.

  14. Bob Miller says:

    It’s called Tunnel of Love located in the Ukraine.

  15. Rich Mace says:

    If I hadn’t been prepped before, I would have thought I was viewing the fantastic world of Hamburg’s Miniatur Wunderland. Outstanding camera work as well. How can this fine modeler’s work be viewed up close if I am in the neighborhood while traveling?

  16. Willie Kerr (Glasgow) says:

    Absolutely wonderful, one of the best I have seen. Thanks for sharing.

  17. deroston says:

    fantastic, gives inspiration to do better. Love to know the how the vehicles move?

  18. Roland Burch says:

    The video was just to short. I ready enjoy it.

  19. Rob M says:

    What a wonderful layout. Fantastic!

  20. Bob Tiedemann says:

    The tunnel of trees is also known as the Tunnel of Love, the tunnel of trees provides a natural archway over train tracks in the Ukraine. The absolutely awe-inspiring tunnel of trees is found outside of Rivne, Ukraine.

  21. Bullfrog Eh! (Ontario) says:

    The detail, the hundreds of persons, the bus and truck movement, the enormous backdrop, the backhoe and shovel,…. truly amazing. The very BEST I’ve ever seen. Thanks for sharing your layout with the world.

  22. Michael Ankerson says:

    Loved the construction site…

    Great Layout…

  23. Lee Barry/ CEO L"Z"PMRR says:

    I am an American who has not been anywhere but here in the good ol’ U S of A with the exception of going to St. Croix in the Virgin Islands in 1971. I have no idea of where this is.
    In regards to the layout, exceptional, good balance with the buses running on the streets. Keep up the good work.

  24. Jay, New Orleans, LA USA says:

    Absolutely AWESOME and inspiring to get busy. Many thanks!

  25. John Birch says:

    Stunning. Well done.

  26. Wayne Wallace says:

    Something to set your goal too. I am just blown away by detail.
    Add my WOWS!

  27. Jim in NC says:

    Great job!

  28. Peter the Mackem Jones says:

    One word Ken ………..STUNNING

  29. Ralph says:

    Great model. Are those road vehicles on the magnetic wire system?

  30. JR Gray says:

    You displayed wonderful photos before, but this is absolutely smashing… Well done sir… Would love to see more…

  31. Jim Kreamer says:

    Well said folks!!!!

  32. Peter says:

    Trains run very well, smooth operation equals realism! How about a HD film on you tube, I bet you would get a lot of hits!

  33. Ian Mc Donald says:

    wow just amazing this layout..the detail is breathtaking.when i go traveling next i will look this place up. where do you go from here with your layout, is it finished. this layout is just a master piece thank you for sharing, got to go and watch the video again, just inspiring to do better on my layout.

  34. David Cooke says:

    Awesome! Probably the best layout video I have seen posted by Allistair.

  35. Tom Pica says:

    Makes me want to visit their someday!!

  36. Ray Appenzeller says:

    Both are very interesting. I like the tree tunneling effect in the first photo. Very neat image, sort of endless look. I did like the video, the equipment and trains in motion were very interesting to watch. Gave me some inspiring ideas of my own. Thank you for sharing.

  37. John says:

    I believe the picture is the tunnel of love in ( i belive) Czech Republic, part of an abandoned railway

  38. Tom says:

    I liked the picture I do not know where it is… it is beautiful … quiet and serene … a natural tunnel. I am using it for a background picture on my PC

    The video was great showing your layout Ker … thanks for sharing. My favorite area the ski lift.


  39. ray thomason says:

    I received an e-mail this morning of twenty outstanding photographs from around the World one of which was your photograph of the railway track passing through a wood. The caption states that it is in the Ukraine.

  40. kenn says:

    I applaud this creativity. Must have cost a bundle but is probably well worth it as it brings joy to those who get to see it. I love the bus and trolly and the construction site. All that you need are moving people especially in the red light district (just kidding). I was looking for sikers on the mountain or the abominal snow man (just to add some humor). Great job. I am so impressed.

  41. alistair stansworth says:

    Great network and very good videography. Only one detail is problematic. The Dutch flags are upside down. Oranje boven.

  42. Rod Mackay says:

    Beautiful work, very nicely kitbashed buildings, they really look the part. Good luck with the real water, having seen Dave Rowe’s dock layout at an exhibition I’m inclined to think it’s more trouble than it’s worth, but it’s got to be better than my effort at the Mediterranean which was just blue paint and varnish! I was told you could blow ripples into it with a brush or hairdryer as it set – absolutely no luck at all. Be very interested to see how it looks.

  43. Christine says:

    That’s one of the best I’ve seen. Wonderful job. How much money was put into it?

  44. Curtis says:


  45. Curtis says:

    Brings back memories ๐Ÿ˜‰

  46. Malcolm says:

    fantastic layout wish I had the space and time and knowledge to do this

  47. John says:

    Thanks Ken! FAN-bloomin-TASTIC!

  48. robert leach says:

    cant make my mind up which way to go at mo but loving the layout

  49. what a superb layout and one which shows us all how to really get that professional look and feel to a real model railway. One of the best I have ever seen. Steve

  50. Frank S. says:

    great layout and great ear, Alice in Chains, YES. NICE FXS

  51. Randy Dent says:

    Very nice well done can’t wade two see the real water running

  52. Mike Richardson says:

    Such amazing talent and work you have created. I am at a loss of words to express just how great this layout is. Just WOW !

  53. Jim says:

    Great layout. Well done. Love the street scene and moving vehicles.

    Jim AZ

  54. I wish our Faller cars worked that reliably.
    For those that don’t know the busses and cars you see running are made by Faller. They run on batteries and are steered by a magnet on the front suspension that follows a piano wire in the road bed.

  55. Allen says:

    The moving bus are probably the tomytec moving bus system

    The bus has motor batteries, the road has a metal wire, the bus has steering with a magnet that follows the wire

  56. Jack Bury says:

    Fantastic layout. I especially liked all the automation. Adds so much interest.

  57. Cary B says:

    Loved the video along with the background music, Floyd, AIC, Ect. ( 69 and still rocking) Great layout. Thanks Al/Ken

    Cary B

  58. Raymond A Bonifas says:

    Absolutely incredible, I hope one day my upcoming project will even look half as realistic and accurate as what you have constructed. I visited Amsterdam when we were doing projects in Belarus and Ukraine. As a tourist and rookie pedestrian I managed to disrupt the bike lane numerous times (nobody injured).
    Again what an inspiration for a layout!
    Lionel Ray

  59. Tom says:

    Having just returned from three days in Amsterdam, I must say, you have captured the feel of the city. The neighborhoods, the activity, the antiquity, all incorporated in your own home to enjoy at your whim. All without having to buy an airline ticket. Your only competition is Minatur Wonderland in Hamburg but then they have 270 people on their staff. If there were an award, you would be right up there.

  60. Frank Goodman says:

    Going to show this to my neighbor who is from Holland, and knows Amsterdam well. He goes back 4 or 5 times a year to visit family and friends. He is now an American citizen and a welcome addition to our community. As for my reaction to your layout, WOW! It is beautiful, captivating, awesome. What Imagineering! Keep up the great work. Can’t wait to see your water. Thanks, Frank.

  61. Terry Miller says:

    I’d never heard of the Faller car system until now. I’m hoping someone can write/show and explanation of how its inserted into a layout and constructed. The Faller web page doesn’t explain how much work is involved or how to set it up.

  62. If there was an academy award category for model train layouts, this magnificent layout would win the award, not for the year, but for the decade – and beyond.

  63. lynn says:

    One of the best I’ve seen anyplace. Makes mine look like it belongs under the Xmas tree running on the floor. Great music, too. Keep on rockin ’till they put me in the ground (with my little layout)

  64. David Hannan says:

    Thank you for sharing your layout – yes, just stunning!
    Dirty Dave

  65. John says:

    Great layout fantastic love the concert on the roof top

  66. Arthur Rago says:

    Excellent layout. Love the animation. The street cars, buses and cars. How do you do it. Would love to see articles about building that into a layout. Are they car sets purchased or individually done?

  67. Steve Joyce says:

    Really loved the video. Someone pointed out earlier about the Hamburg layout. Had to agree this definitely had reminders of that. Have to keep a lot of this in mind for when I get started on mine. Hopefully sometime this summer

  68. Peter Farrington says:

    The photo is I am sure in Slovakia on a little used railway which is a photo spot for various celebrations. It does still have the occasional train run along the line but only at very slow speed due to all the walkers etc.
    I hope this answers the query.

  69. Ian McDonald says:

    very inspiring layout. attention to detail is unbelievable. good seeing moving trains. movable buses and machinery outstanding. thanks for sharing.

  70. Larry Mlynek says:

    I visited Amsterdam several times and the layouts remind me of the many places I visited. Thanks for the memories. You work is outstanding.

  71. Dan & Dodie VanderVere says:

    Tunnel Of Love, Kleven, Ukraine

  72. Jim Shue says:

    This layout belongs in a museum. WOW!

  73. Gary Mitchell says:

    Very impressive – great layout
    Regards Gary

  74. Cord Reynolds says:

    Magnificent layout, Ken! You have somehow faithfully recreated the Amsterdam ‘vibe’ in HO! If there had been such good skiing so near A’dam, I might still live there. Also I would have liked to hear Enya’s ‘Orinoco Flow’ in the background, which will always conjure memories of a rainy cab ride through the narrow streets to Central Station in 1988, but that’s just me. Outstanding work!

  75. Mike Allen says:

    Unbelievable layout! I am in awe of the detail that you have produced. Keep up the good work and please send more videos of your layout hours worth would not be too much. Thank you so much

  76. Charles Eyster says:

    Absolutely, by far, the most impressive individually created layout. You maintained proper perspective and accurate depth throughout the entire layout, which Is quite an accomplishment.
    I would ask two things of Ken, more videos, possibly one from a train mounted perspective, and secondly a closeup of the canal rock walls. They were mentioned in your first post, but I guess my eyes are too weak to see them close up.
    This is truly a museum quality layout that most of us can only dream to aspire to on any level. Canโ€™t wait to see more, but donโ€™t waste time making videos, keep building more!๐Ÿ˜

  77. Don R - Florida, USA says:

    Amsterken is fantastic. Have been in Amsterdam many times, and the model central train station is duplicated perfectly. Great work!
    I am just starting an HO layout. Never been into model railroading before, but a lot of reading during Covid lockdown stoked my interest.
    It is so much enjoyment, and I only hope I can get to the level of Amsterken.

  78. The Tunnel of Love can be found in Kleven, Ukraine. If you have access to YouTube
    You can see it at,
    The Amsterken video is really great many good ideas for building my layout.
    Thanks for sharing.
    John M.

  79. Adam Stein says:

    Amazing layout, Great music!

  80. Michael Levy says:

    Amazing layout! …great work.

  81. Steve says:

    Wow what a wonderful layout. Love the layout, love the music. Kin u rock!!!

  82. JW says:

    BRILLIANT! You and Dave Scumpton are examples of the emerging new generation of model RRs. Being a producer, I was impressed how you utilized the music to underscore the camera movement from one venue to the next, and the continuity of a train running through those venues. Then there is the choreography of the bus, the freight truck, and the construction site. Bravo!

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