N scale model rairoad videos – Arnie’s

Got this in from Hall of Fame member, Arnie. He’s added to the N scale model rairoad videos on the blog:

As usual, it’s stunning. I loved it.

Have a look at the comments below!

“Hi Al,

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.

Thanks Al.

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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N scale model rairoad videos – Arnie’s:

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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.

I’m so glad he’s added to the N scale model rairoad videos on the blog. It’s a real stunner.

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.)



77 Responses to N scale model rairoad videos – Arnie’s

  1. David says:

    More HO Scale layouts and articles.
    Thank you, very kindly

  2. Juanita Faye says:

    This is the best model train video I have watched. Once again, how did you
    do the wonderful Marine Band music. I

  3. Jerry Ryan says:

    Outstanding video, This man is an artist with model trains. Really enjoyed the view.

  4. Gene Hildebrand says:

    EXCELLENT presentation…….THANK YOU for sharing……Well Done….!!!!!!!

  5. HARRY LEET says:

    great, nice idea. but at the grade crossing, I think STOP should read from the other direction

  6. david howarth says:

    Good one Arnie ..love the band there on the screens …Dangerous Dave

  7. Bill says:

    Arnie is unbelievable.

  8. JOHN says:

    Arnie: Great layout and great video. What brand of track did you use?

  9. Lee Barry, CEO LZPMRR says:

    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.

  10. mark Allen says:

    Arnie, I love these please keep em comin. They’re a pleasure to watch and they motivate!

  11. Profound, perfectibility consummately personifying inanimate objects…WOW!!!

  12. DON GARNER says:

    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.

  13. David Meldrum says:

    Thanks for taking the trouble to make video and share with us Good cheer from the UK

  14. JW says:

    Well done! Sousa would be proud!

  15. Only one word for Arnie’s layout. INCREDIBLE!!!

    Can’t believe I’m not watching a real train going down the track.

  16. Chuck Bartunek says:

    Great video ,and outstanding layout,kudos to you.

  17. tom Danza says:

    Well done!

  18. Mark Johnson says:

    Bravo! Can’t wait for the next episode.

  19. Paul Vogel says:

    Arnie: You just keep on amazing us. Again, wonderful work. Thanks Paul (Ohio USA)

  20. Dan Marso says:

    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.

  21. ernest eaton says:

    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.

  22. christine says:


  23. Hap Cummings says:

    Absolute masterpiece. I’ve watched 4 times.

  24. Helmut Eppich says:

    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.

  25. Bob says:


  26. Bernard Mulholland says:

    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)

  27. Peter P says:

    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.

  28. Randy Hinke says:

    this was great and good for way way way way cool

  29. Ken Goldenberg says:

    You could just walk into your layout and enjoy a simpler time! Love the way you edited in the band!

  30. Bob says:

    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.

  31. Brian says:

    Fantastic job Arnie, one day I hope to have a display of such quality!!

  32. Keith Coyle says:

    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

  33. Tommy says:

    excellent layout and video, very nice presentation also

  34. Excellent!!! Very Creative!!! Loved the Band!!!

  35. Ralph Berry says:

    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. 🙂

  36. John Tipper says:

    Worthy of an Emmy nomination for best short subject! Well done, Arnie.

  37. Charley Martin says:

    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.

  38. Dave Bower says:

    Excellent thanks for sharing. I love the American Loco’s.
    Dave Bower. UK

  39. Rod Mackay says:

    Splendid effort mate, well done.

  40. Brian Foster says:

    Arnie. Whats left to say OUTSTANDING and the super imposition of the bands
    well absolutely phenomenal.

  41. Great job again. Please continue the stories on the SuzieQ. Brian in Devon UK

  42. NJ Mark says:

    Absolutely sweet! Great scenery and great Sousa! Many thanks for sharing! Cheers, NJ Mark

  43. Dave Whatley says:

    thankyou n this realy great videg lee,it,s one of the better ones that seen. dave in savanna, ga

  44. Bruce Young says:

    Excellent Outstanding Marvelous simply the best all around video and layout

  45. Jim "Jimbo" Moran says:

    More! More! More!. Great show!

  46. Dave Ewing says:

    Hi Arnie,
    How do you do it ?
    Dave in Eden, NC

  47. Gary in Marysville, WA says:

    wonderful. loved the music and the scenery

  48. Patti says:

    Absolutely wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing.

  49. 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 !!

  50. 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

  51. jim Sulkosky says:

    Very Nice

  52. Roberto Lodigiani says:

    From Uruguay, South America. Just starting mi N Model.
    I don’t know what to say. I have no words. Spectacular!

  53. Michael Lane says:

    Excellent video. Very professional and a very nice layout too. Many thanks.
    Andover, Hampshire UK

  54. Jerry Hilton says:


  55. Tom Franklin says:

    Thank you for taking the time to share with all of us! It’s great fun and great instruction.

  56. Don gator Henry says:

    like the video and thanks for sharing gator, fremont,ohio

  57. Jim AZ says:

    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.

    Jim AZ

  58. What a beautiful presentation with great music. Keep up the good work. I really enjoyed it.

  59. Cary B says:

    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
    Cary B

  60. Lou Caputo says:

    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!

    Savannah, GA

  61. Scott says:

    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!

  62. Ross Johnston says:

    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

  63. Bill Roberts says:

    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.

  64. JoeS from ME says:

    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.

  65. Brian Rockey says:

    Fantastic video Arnie. Well done!!
    I’m a great fan of military marches – Sousa, the legend.
    Best to all.
    Brian, Wokingham, UK

  66. DJfromNJ says:

    Super job, Arnie! The animated band & music was over the top. Glad there was a heads-up given! Scenery, especially streams, sensational.

  67. Pete Seidel says:

    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!”

  68. Bruce says:

    Arney, Simply wonderful, I eagerly wait for “part 2”. Someday I hope to start my own GS&SV layout

  69. Erick says:

    That was good.

  70. Outrageous layout, incredible video.

  71. Ed Audet says:

    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.

  72. John McKeon says:

    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!

  73. Fred Anderson says:

    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.

  74. Brian Olson says:

    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.

  75. John Bullock says:

    Annie… your skills as a videographer match your talents as a model railroaded. Loved the storyline here! Could we see more please?

  76. Adrian Campbell says:

    The most entertaining piece of model railway video I’ve seen for a while Arnie. Well done! Loved the inset bands. Very clever (I’m going to steal that idea – watch this space but don’r hold your breath).

  77. Mr. Ron from south Mississippi says:

    Being N scale makes it doubly impressive.

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