Got this in from Hall of Fame member, Arnie.
As usual, it’s stunning. I loved it.
Have a look at the comments below!
This is my follow-up to the recent Introductory video (CROSSROADS OF RAILROADS) you cordially posted about the fictional celebration of American Railroad Heritage Week in the Susquehanna Valley of my N scale layout.
As you may recall, the readers/viewers felt I should continue with my proposed plan for a short series on the subject.
So, this is entitled, “Railroad Heritage Week: Chapter 2, Day 2.”
The focus in this chapter is the arrival of a special charter, diesel passenger train that will carry executive members of the local Railroad Historical Society and other VIPs from the nearby townships and counties.
The diesels are DCC and sound equippred. So all the engine sounds and station announcements are actually from the onboard decoders.
The final scene has a special feature I added: two very small embedded video clips of a band playing the “Thunderer March” as the VIP train enters the station proclaiming the official opening of the week’s celebration.
I point this out because it may be difficult to notice the band in motion within the larger panoramic scene.
The video of the band is an actual video of the U.S. President’s own Marine Corp. marching band.
I hope you and everyone enjoys the video.
P.S.: I’ve started to work on the next chapter. When done, I will pass it on to you if there’s still interest expressed.”
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Well what can I say about Arnie’s video? Very little, you’re probably already thinking it. So please, please leave a comment below.
And if Arnie’s inspired you, don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide. We all had to start somewhere – even Arnie!
(Arnie and all the Hall of Fame members helped with the Beginner’s Guide.)
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Thank you, very kindly
This is the best model train video I have watched. Once again, how did you
do the wonderful Marine Band music. I
Outstanding video, This man is an artist with model trains. Really enjoyed the view.
EXCELLENT presentation…….THANK YOU for sharing……Well Done….!!!!!!!
great, nice idea. but at the grade crossing, I think STOP should read from the other direction
Good one Arnie ..love the band there on the screens …Dangerous Dave
Arnie is unbelievable.
Arnie: Great layout and great video. What brand of track did you use?
excellent work. did not have the sound turned on so did not hear the music but will go back and fast forward to that part of the video. again keep up the good work.
Arnie, I love these please keep em comin. They’re a pleasure to watch and they motivate!
Profound, perfectibility consummately personifying inanimate objects…WOW!!!
FANTASTIC!!! Arnie, you have done a superb job putting together your railroad. And the videos are outstanding. You have achieved a level of realism that just blows me away. As I watched this video I felt like I could almost smell the air along the tracks. That and the band playing in the background brought back many vivid memories of years gone by. Now I’m hungry so I’m going to go get a hot dog and a frosty root beer! Thanks and keep ’em coming.
Thanks for taking the trouble to make video and share with us Good cheer from the UK
Well done! Sousa would be proud!
Only one word for Arnie’s layout. INCREDIBLE!!!
Can’t believe I’m not watching a real train going down the track.
Great video ,and outstanding layout,kudos to you.
Bravo! Can’t wait for the next episode.
Arnie: You just keep on amazing us. Again, wonderful work. Thanks Paul (Ohio USA)
Amazing layout, makes me want pack up my D&W RR and leave town. Thanks for sharing. I did notice wrong way stop n the roadway.
Beautiful layout. The hills, river, stream, rock faces etc. are excellent. Not to criticize but the layout for most towns/cities I have seen appear to be cramped. Possibly trying to get too much into the scene? That is why I commented on the hills etc. I do have one question, shouldn’t the RR Crossing sign state that there are two tracks? Great work Arnie, don’t let my comments discourage you.
Absolute masterpiece. I’ve watched 4 times.
Beautiful video! Everything is synchronized perfectly. Sound, scenery quality, trains. Especially enjoyed John Philllip Sousa’s music. Great choice for the video. Looking forward to see more.
Well Done Arnie. Fabulous to have the story behind the layout. I loved the view of the Commerce Road Curve and the Susquehanna River. It just shows that all your track doesn’t have to be at grade and by simply raising the track above the deck, you can introduce rivers and rock faces without having to cut through the deck. I am sure that we would all like to see more. Keep it coming.
Bernard (from Oz)
Very well done. Unlike many videos about model train videos, you have a realistic mix of levels of the views and you know how to “fill the screen”.
Congratulations to you for your effort.
this was great and good for way way way way cool
You could just walk into your layout and enjoy a simpler time! Love the way you edited in the band!
Fantastic presentation. I did not notice the stop sign issue, but did see an operations problem. While I have been stuck at many a station due to the commuter trains running out of Chicago, the motive power is usually beyond the station platform. At both stations, the engines and the head end car were adjacent to the platform, which would make it difficult for passengers to board. You may want to consider the stopping point at your stations.
Fantastic job Arnie, one day I hope to have a display of such quality!!
Awesome video. What decoder was that that could do station calls like that. I have a pair of f7a and b. I want a decoder like that
excellent layout and video, very nice presentation also
Excellent!!! Very Creative!!! Loved the Band!!!
Splendid presentation of your layout Arnie.
The celebration theme ties it all together very well.
I better go down to the train room and lift the standard of my scenic efforts. 🙂
Worthy of an Emmy nomination for best short subject! Well done, Arnie.
Background / canned music is a complete No No for railway videos, but this was the exception to the rule. Absolutely “OUTSTANDING” Arnie. Thoughorly enjoyed it.
Excellent thanks for sharing. I love the American Loco’s.
Dave Bower. UK
Splendid effort mate, well done.
Arnie. Whats left to say OUTSTANDING and the super imposition of the bands
well absolutely phenomenal.
Great job again. Please continue the stories on the SuzieQ. Brian in Devon UK
Absolutely sweet! Great scenery and great Sousa! Many thanks for sharing! Cheers, NJ Mark
thankyou n this realy great videg lee,it,s one of the better ones that seen. dave in savanna, ga
Excellent Outstanding Marvelous simply the best all around video and layout
More! More! More!. Great show!
How do you do it ?
Dave in Eden, NC
wonderful. loved the music and the scenery
Absolutely wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing.
I used to do HO but the space needed was never really in the cards but this kind of video could help push me back past my N scale thing if I found a place large enough to handle an equivalent amount of track space and features in HO again .
I love the crossing flashers ,they are hard to do in N scale !
Thank you for the ride on the NYC !!
Great vid. Done in “N” gauge. I just wish my hands and eyesight were good enough and steady enough to work that small but sadly can not so I stay with “HO”
Norm in York, PA
From Uruguay, South America. Just starting mi N Model.
I don’t know what to say. I have no words. Spectacular!
Excellent video. Very professional and a very nice layout too. Many thanks.
Andover, Hampshire UK
Thank you for taking the time to share with all of us! It’s great fun and great instruction.
like the video and thanks for sharing gator, fremont,ohio
Very nice, Arnie. Your choreography is well done and highlights a great era in railroad travel. Great music and love to band members playing it. Thanks for sharing.
What a beautiful presentation with great music. Keep up the good work. I really enjoyed it.
Beautiful trains and layout, what an awesome video.
The music reminds me of when my dad used to take me and my brother to watch the military bands play in nearby Washington DC
1st time respondent, long time admirer: music was inspiring, magnificent yet simple scenery, nostalgic look at how USA once looked, weathering on buildings and trains could enhance realism. Overall a fantastic piece of workmanship!
Superb! Single comment – if I saw the advert for CHI CHIS restaurant in the beginning, that chain didn’t exist until the mid-70’s?
Thanks for a great layout and video!
Arnie! A fantastic, enjoyable video! Thank you for making and sharing it. I can’t wait to see you next production. Cheers Rossco, Adelaide, Australia
Unbelievable! How in the world did you make the band keep in time movements like that? The scenery is the best streams and rock cliffs I have seen. I will be playing this over and over a few hundred times.
Excellent layout and video. Apparently, I am the only retired Marine here, so I must make one correction — it’s Marine Corps. Thanks for the memories! I have subscribed to view all of your videos and learn from your example.
Fantastic video Arnie. Well done!!
I’m a great fan of military marches – Sousa, the legend.
Best to all.
Brian, Wokingham, UK
Super job, Arnie! The animated band & music was over the top. Glad there was a heads-up given! Scenery, especially streams, sensational.
When the “band” played the first recording I was waiting for a large foot to come down and squash the station and the announcer to state loudly, It’s Monty Python!”
Arney, Simply wonderful, I eagerly wait for “part 2”. Someday I hope to start my own GS&SV layout
That was good.
Outrageous layout, incredible video.
Fantastic, loved the video, would like to se more on this layout. I love to see the layout plan.
I built a N scale layout from the Atlas book with the same name. The video has peaked my interest. Great look into a really great looking place in time.
Beautiful representation of the heyday of heavyweight equipment on US railroads. The video is happy, carefree, powerful, and very enjoyable with the addition of Sousa. If only we could go back to post WW2 when the railroads were mighty, and everyone was respectful, with high morals. I enjoyed that for the length of your video. Thank you! And to Al, for continually delivering these to us!
A very good and and memorable video . Liked the band placement and the good choice of Music. I really like “John Philip Sousa” band music,as I was a Military Band Member in Australian when I was younger . I enjoyed all of it .Thanks Arnie.
Well done. Creative use of video and a reminder of the technology available to us, as I like to say, in the television studios we carry in our pockets. Aka smart phones!
One portion of our model railroad club’s session will be a video production session. Members will be encouraged to shoot short video clips of the session, then we’ll gather ‘round my big screen to see how they can assemble, trim, edit these clips into short videos.
All done with the intuitive technology and software available to us.