Another stunning video from Arnie

Arnie never ceases to amaze me – here’s another fantastic video.

“Hi Al,

In keeping with my current focus on lighting on my Susquehanna Valley & Gulf Summit Railway layout, I put together a short video of my personally customized SV&GS Express passenger train. I hope to be adding a bit more lighting to the layout in the weeks to come but, I wanted to create a video to see how the layout looks at this time.

This is a simulation of a run along the route of the fictional Susquehanna Valley & Gulf Summit Express passenger train on my N scale SV&GS Railway. The train is a custom lettered 5 car passenger train headed by a pair of relettered/named N scale ALCO PA1s (originally Lehigh Valley locos). The video is a composite of primarily recent footage and a couple of earlier clips intended to convey a sense of shift from dusk to night as the train travels its route.

The train is taken under automatic control when it enters and leaves Susquehanna Station near the end of the video. The station stop track is electronically auto-controlled to slow the train to a stop, announce its boarding and then have it leave the station while also changing the track signal from red to green respectively.

Hope you and the readers will enjoy it.


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24 Responses to Another stunning video from Arnie

  1. mickey says:

    i really like the detail of this layout wish mine looked so good

  2. bigbadbob says:

    just show’s what can be done with time money and good imagination keep up the good work

  3. Simon Zeoli says:

    Terrific video, as close to real life as it can get. Keep up the good work; look foward to more !

  4. Andy Lampmann says:

    The Layout looks fantastic. Thank you for some new ideas.

  5. truckman1999 says:

    Wow’, that’s all I can say.

  6. PETER BENSON says:

    great layout love it.Peter Norfolk UK.

  7. Rob McCrain says:

    Excellent layout. The detail is stunning like you said. The integration of multiple tracks on different levels make it visually very interesting.

  8. John Wisnieski says:

    Nice work Arnie. Keep the videos coming.
    Was looking on e-bay at ho buildings. Pics of HO RDA buildings looked very impressive however after reading reviews I’ll stick with the outstanding quality of PIKO, a real QUALITY product.

  9. Kerry says:

    Fantastic Arnie, can you tell me how you did your backdrops, they look amazing.

  10. Brian says:

    This layout is brilliant, will have to work harder on mine!!

  11. Michael, San Martin, CA says:

    Very nice! I like how you scaled the speed. Did you do that by eye or do you have a formula of some sort? Thx, michael

  12. Stanley says:

    Outstanding work !
    My’claim to fame’ is many years ago around Christmas, I drove from Batavia N.Y. to Williamsport P.A. beside the Susquehanna River Valley in dense, thick fog. Quite a trip.

  13. Thomas Meleck says:

    It’s hard to believe that’s only an N scale layout. It was a terrific video, perfectly edited and executed.

  14. this layout is out of this world. great job.

  15. Pete Wotring says:

    Good looking layout and scenery-am working on my 5th or 6th and trying not to do some not good things on previous -one great thing about this hobby-we are NEVER FINISHED!!

  16. Arnie Steiner says:

    Thanks to everyone for their wonderful comments and feedback.

    To Michael in CA, yes the speed scaling is done by eye except for the auto-control within the Susquehanna station stop.

    To Kerry, the backdrops are photographic reproductions by Realistic Backgrounds. I use them portably only when photoing or videoing, not when just running my trains. As a matter of fact, I just wrote an article on the use of portable backdrops in model railroading which will be published in Sept. in “N-Scale Magazine.”

    And to Stanley, nice to hear from someone who has first-hand experience having been in the Susquehanna River Valley area. Despite my whimsical modeling of the locale, I have never actually been there, though I live in New York. Go figure!


  17. Ralph says:

    Great video, the lighting is very effective and the station background sounds add life to the whole thing.

  18. Paul Johnston (Ireland) says:


  19. Don says:

    Outstanding. Lived on the susquehanna for most of my life brought back a lot of memories.

  20. Teng Khoo says:

    Thanks heaps, Arnie. You are a great inspiration to all of us. Your generous spirit is exemplary.

  21. Tom says:

    Arnie, Amazing thanks for the ride.You are truly a Master Model Railroad builder and videographer. Thanks for taking the time to share all of it with us. Thanks Al for bringing it to us.


    Tom N

  22. Clyde says:

    Great video with an awesome layout

  23. THOMAS says:


  24. Robert Walker says:

    To Arnie or Alister – You have used a variable voltage regulated transformer. I am from the US colony were drive on the wrong Sid and use the wrong voltage. Do you have any source for a variable output voltage regulater mfg in the US. Any help in this direction would be appreciated. Thanks Bob

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