Arnie’s latest video

“Hi Al,

It’s been a while since my last contact and submission to you. However, I just completed a new video I thought I would share with you and the readers.

It’s entitled, “Life on the SV&S – Past and Present.” It’s a sort of fictional historic perspective of the Susquehanna Valley on my N scale layout; the locale, its people, scenery, wildlife and the trains that have traveled the region from the steam era to the present. I apologize that it’s significantly longer than my previous videos. I composed it of ten small segments, but decided to put it all into one comprehensive video in order not to lose the sense of continuity I wanted to capture. I hope you and the others will agree with my decision when you see it and I hope you enjoy it.

Thanks,

Arnie”

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Hope you enjoyed it as much as me.

Best

Al


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94 responses to “Arnie’s latest video”

  1. Dave Gould says:

    Fabulous video and terrific modelling.

    Thanks Arnie – brilliant job!

    Dave G

  2. paul doorbar says:

    hi can you tell me please where you got your tanker track cleaner from thanks Paul

  3. Nice one Arnie

  4. that was amazing..your talent is off the charts! how you work with small things so well,i have trouble with my O scale…lol thank you

  5. mark noble says:

    arnie you have a terrific layout it must have taken you awhile to put it together

  6. Best video seen. Not only brilliant, but so informative on the history of American railroading. Keep posting video`s

    Brian T

  7. Benny says:

    That is simply amazing.

  8. Albert Weir says:

    Arnie
    Thanks for shareing this vidio .What a magnificent sceenic layout something to be proud of well done mate
    cheers
    Albert

  9. David says:

    Great modelling and all in ‘N’ scale.

  10. James Ratliff says:

    Nice job. Very life like!

  11. Jeff says:

    very creative

  12. Ol' Puffer says:

    Hi Arnie…fantastic and makes me want to switch from 00 (HO) to N Gauge.
    What size is your layout board?
    I know it’s a fictional layout but do you live in the Susquehanna Valley because when I worked for “West” in the UK, I visited some of their USA sites which included Williamsport and Montgomery PA, and I believe these places are in the Susquehanna Valley and looked fairly similar to parts of your layout.
    Anyway, great stuff and keep putting the videos online.

    Chris

  13. robert coe says:

    Really wonderful as was the trip down memory lane. Railroads will be the next to disappear, or steel rails, will be replaced by trains capable of 500 mph running on thin air. 250 mph + railess trains are already running. Before the end of this century it could be possible to go east to west USA in six or seven hours and say goodby to areoplanes. Sad, very sad.

  14. Ken says:

    By far the best layout I have ever seen! And I am talking Eric’s and up. It really looked liveable, in just about every shot. The river looked very good with its falls and all of the rock ledges. Congratulations on a great job.

    Where did you get the high gray stone walls with arches in them, from the opening shot?

    Could you possibly send me a picture of the entire layout? I live in Frederick and my son graduated from York, so where are you located? Would you mind if I came up to see it? I mean by appointment of course. Just asking my friend, no harm, no foul.

    Thanks

    Ken

  15. Duncan says:

    You should be in Hollywood! This is truly great! Oscarsw all round! D/

  16. Stu McGee says:

    LOVE THIS ARNIE, THANKS DAVE

  17. Simon Zeoli says:

    Thanks Arnie for the wonderful treat in modeling and video making
    You have a great talent.

  18. WHAT AN AMAZING WORK OF ART…………YOU HAVE INSPIRED ME TO GET TO WORK ON MY LAYOUT………..I’LL BET IT TOOK A LONG TIME? YOUR LOVE OF THE HOBBY SHINES THROUGH ……………THANK YOU …………MY JOURNEY AWAITS ME ………I CAN’T WAIT TO SHOW YOUR VIDEO TO MY GRAND CHILDREN…………THANKS AGAIN AND HAVE A GREAT DAY………..DALE…

  19. Carter says:

    Of all the video’s I have seen this one is far out in front. The photography is fantastic. Great job on the scenery.
    I am in process of rebuilding my layout and I hope it ends up close to what you have shown,
    Great Job!

  20. Denny says:

    Would kinda’ like to know how large this layout is? There’s a lot of stuff in what appears to not be a giant N layout. Incredibly skillfull scenery work. Did you use a lot of foam for carving or?

    Nice work!

    …..Denny

  21. bruce says:

    I loved it! I’m going to tear mine down and start over so this is the perfict example to start over. I think I will model some of the bingham caynon copper mine (were i worked for 34 years) and some of the towns of bingham, copperfield and highland boy. this layout of yours is truly amazing and is an inspiration to me and probibly many others. PLEASE DO NOT STOP POSTING thank you Arnie.
    Bruce

  22. craig says:

    There are not enough words in my limited vocabulary to express my wonder of your accomplishments. Your modeling skills are second to none that I know of. Your story line and video were absolutely fantastic. The layout itself is incredible. Your water features are so life like. I’d ask how you did that, but that info is probably a guarded secrete. Superb job!!!

  23. Ben Kochenower says:

    Thanks for sending this. It is a wonderful layout and an informative piece of footage. The modeling skills Arnie has really makes me jealous.
    Thank you. Ben

  24. David J says:

    Just stunning. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful layout.

  25. Craig Biggar says:

    Wow, I take my hat off to you, what a great layout, I wish I had the funds to get on and start building one, its so pricey in the uk now.

    This is a real inspiration though, great work.

    Craig

  26. Peter Jones says:

    Fantastic Arnie, true inspiration

  27. Roland Burch says:

    Arnie, That was GREAT. Your film and layout are really great.

  28. Mike Hoodless says:

    What a great layout. Arnie’s cliffs and rocks are superb. I wish I could get mine to look as good.

  29. Ian says:

    This video is amazing the story line is better than some movies i have watched. the model making just blows me away. i have friends could not believe it was a model . you seem to have a another talent making videos . i use this video on our running days .i would like to see a video of the hole layout from above it would be so calming and peace full thanks alot .

  30. A really great representation of the Valley and the transition of railroads in the Pennsylvania/New York mountains area.

  31. Bill Markey says:

    Thanks for taking the time to share railroad history in such a dramatic way. Absolutely FABULOUS video.

  32. Buddy YOUNG says:

    That is A great layout. Superb..Thanks for shareing!

  33. "Nother Grandpa says:

    I add another vote for FABULOUS! What a great inspiration for any modeler!
    Thank you

  34. Austin Wilson says:

    Beautiful layout, love it. And a historical adventure to go with it, awesome. Last weekend I tore down my huge oversized HO Scale layout. Stretched out, it would have been 4 feet wide and 41 feet long. Since then, I have rebuilt another layout, but much smaller. An L shape and now lots of buildings to choose from to go on the new layout. I love railroading. Went from a ten track wide rail yard to a four track. Running DCC and love it. Actually, love the smaller version I am running now. And my basement sure has lots more living space. Loved the video Arnie.

  35. Bob Townsend says:

    Brilliant video showing a brilliant and enviable layout. Great inspiration for all us railway modellers!! Thanks

  36. STEVE ROTH says:

    REALLY LIKE. I AM STARTING A NEW N SACLE LAYOUT AND WOULD LIKE TO SEE YOUR PLANS IF POSSIBLE AS THERE ARE SOME PARTS I WOULD LIKE TO ENCORPORATE INTO MINE.

  37. THOMAS GOUCHER says:

    EXTRA NICE N GAUGE LAYOUT.

  38. Ralph says:

    What a brilliant way to present your layout Arnie. You have thrown down a challenge for us all to try and match.

  39. Rob says:

    Very well done. It is very organized and thought out.

  40. Dave says:

    This is the best video I’ve seen yet. It should have won an award or something. It has renewed my train spirit. Keep them coming.

  41. mike says:

    Fantastic layout can you let me know track work you used build your layout.

    I work with Fleischmann track and points and crossovers but after a few years the point springs go soft and the points stop working as you cannot get inside the point as it is a sealed so they are no good.

    I work with dcc as you are,i`m using EX ROCO unit to control my locos.

    Will you let me know what track you are using please.

    Thanks. Michael

  42. Stuart says:

    This is absolutly stunning and definately is one of the best I have ever seen. the amount of skilled modeling work gone into this is incredible. Well done

  43. Ron says:

    Arnie – Great presentation of a Great layout…
    Thank You !!!

  44. Dick Walter says:

    Video and layout are very nicely done! Readily available comnercial products have been used to good advantage. As an aside, I’ve never understood why the manufacturers of “N” scale freight cars insist on not painting the roofwalks. The overly thick roofwalks stand out even more because they don’t match the roof color. Attaching roofwalks BEFORE painting would certainly enhance realism and would eliminate the need for painting them.

  45. Jaaques Shellaque says:

    Arnie, you’re my hero. Hard to believe so much in such a small space, even
    for “n” scale. Superb video and historic documentation. But, best of all, the
    details are what make it so great (waterfalls, fishermen, and the people are
    “doing stuff”-walking, waving, riding bikes, etc).
    thanks so much!
    js

  46. TJ says:

    Are you sure your name isn’t really Arnie Spielberg? That was just terrific. Thank you so much for your time and effort and sharing it with us.
    BTW, some of the trains and colors are familiar. Did you do the little film about a boy chasing a girl and they finally get together on the end of the train?

    Keep those videos coming, we love them.
    TJ.

  47. Don George says:

    This is AMAZING! I was brought up in the area depicted. The towns and landscape brought back a lot of memories. Loved the history lesson also.
    This is indeed one of the best layouts I’ve laid my eyes on. You must have the patients of Job. Thanks.

  48. Keith G Brown says:

    Having watched in disbelief that it’s a model Railway and not the real thing Beats the movies on Tele anytime xxx You have Engineering -History _ Wild Life -and fantastic scenery Seems to go on for ever but each time I see things that was missed 1st time round Absolutely Fantastic xxx Beats most of what we have i have seen on the best of English ones xxx Again thanks Arnie for an Education in what or How it should be done

  49. Keith G Brown says:

    Was extremely impressed by your Fantastic Layout , Having moved house now to a Bungalow not a lot of room for a layout so have 2 sheds now joined to make one and am going to start again with a layout not sure yet how to work it but having watched your video, just wished had the room to do something like that but will have to be content with16ft by 10ft and see what to put in and try and make it look as impressive as yours looks, will be doing this on my own but will do the best I can. Your video is such a major production and the whole presentation is better than going to the Cinema. Perfection.

  50. Rick says:

    wow, Wow, WOW!!!!!!

  51. geoff Lord says:

    I Must be sick ! I watched the whole thing from start to finish LOL 😉
    Great Layout and attention to detail….

  52. Fraser Wison says:

    Great! Well done on a fabulous layout and some great photography!
    All of us out here in railway land get inspiration from this kind of stuff so please keep it coming. A novel idea showing the various stages of railroad development and it kept me interested all the way through. So many layouts – especially the German stuff on YouTube – seem to get boring after a few minutes and its then a repetition of locos going round and round. Switching eras made the whole thing way more interesting!
    Go to the top of the class!! 5 stars ***** !!!

  53. Lee Roy Meaux says:

    PERFECT

  54. steve says:

    This video was absolutely fantastic. I’ve forwarded it to several friends. It also gave me some great ideas. Your layout is truly a masterpiece. The trip in time does so much for the modeler to think about. I’m in semi final layout stage…anytime you want to stop by, you’re welcome…
    Steve

  55. Arnie:
    Job well done in the scale you have chosen. Great to see another AMTRAK buff that maintains the history in truth and facts. Glad you shared it with us all. AMTRAK like the rest of the world has to go thru our government. YOU know what that means………..Our systems are still the safest although NOT the fastest. The NE corridor will be the first to test our best systems if we can get it through congress for our own trackage. Hard to compete with BNSF and UP who own our world of real trains.
    Keep up the good work and thx so much for sharing your life with us thru your beautiful display and works. An avid AMTRAK model train owner since 1971…………………I too own like engines you displayed including several Red Nose E-8s &9s and many yard workers……………Harold Jr.

  56. Rafael Valdivia says:

    My first commentary here. It was impossible to stay mude ! In N scale ! Fantastic. I hope to see more from Master Arnie. Thank You.
    Rafael
    from Brazil

  57. Vivera Rivera says:

    Very empressive job, I enjoyed watching this video. Absolutly supurb.

  58. Babs says:

    I am speechless!!!!!

  59. John says:

    Arnie that panning sequence near the beginning was soooooooo good because it`s so hard to keep a movement fluid especially at that scale and on that level! Truly excellent video my friend as all of us are saying.

    JohnE UK

  60. Graham says:

    Stunning, thank you!

  61. Keith Coyle says:

    Beautiful layout. I hope to get mine looking like that someday. Trying to fix the derails at the moment before I continue with scenery. Love it once again

  62. Richard Sappelli says:

    Arnie just blew me away with his fantastic video of his n- scale layout. what a wonderful and beautiful layout!!!!! and his superb video techniques were those of and expert videographer.

    Well done – I nominate Arnie for an Oscar award !!!

    I have viewed hundreds of professional videos, DVD, from many real railroad producers and would rank Arnie right with those.

    His railroad is a master peace of thoughtful and accurate depictions of his chosen era of small town country and rural life.

    Well done and my hat is off to Arnie.

    RJS.

  63. Mickael says:

    Beautiful layout and design!!! Makes me want to switch from HO scale to N scale.

    WELL DONE!!!!

  64. Edward says:

    What a GREAT layout!!!!!!

  65. tom in az says:

    Can`t add much more I wish I could do half as good. Tom Payson AZ

  66. Jim says:

    WOW. Simply fantastic. And the Oscar goes to Arnie, no question. Actually multiple Oscars; screenplay, score, music composition, cinematography, producer, director and best picture. Great video and historic information. Well worth the time and effort. And great work with the detail on the layout.

    Jim

  67. Bill Schneider says:

    Really great video and amazing layout! How many engines and cars do you have?

  68. Edward Sargent says:

    I have seen a lot videos on layouts, this one is a keeper. The layout itself is fantastic with a lot of detail but unlike most not over done, it looks natural. I have seen only one better but it was in HO and built by a lot of people over 5 years.

  69. John says:

    Great layout and especially the presentation!!

  70. Bill Wiles says:

    This is one of the best have seen in some time. The sound was great. I live near a rail road and they can be very loud. I can feel the umble of the train when the trains pass by. Bill.

  71. Cary says:

    Hard to believe this is N scale. The details on the layout are painstakingly brilliant, but also the sounds and realistic train speeds. A true joy to watch, thanks so much for sharing. Cary in Kentucky

  72. Perry says:

    A really great layout and great photography. but i do have several comments. One you need a buffer car between the tank car and the caboose. Two since you picture late spring or early summer the male deer would not have there antlers fully grown in. The antlers are not that developed until fall.
    Sorry to be such a nitpicker on an otherwise beautiful layout.

  73. Ken C says:

    Simply outstanding!!!

  74. Jack Bury says:

    Beautiful layout. Great attention to detail.

  75. Kermit Beckmann says:

    What else can be said other than you were a master at detail and modeling !! Your realism is off the chart .

  76. Warren Ferguson says:

    What a great video AND layout! It’s amazing you have done all this in N scale. Thanks a million for sending it in, and please, send more!

  77. Richard says:

    Fantastic set up ,Truly realistic .

  78. David Hannan says:

    I have not seen that before. What a stunning layout! The attention to detail is incredible. From the filming, it is not easy to tell what scale is being used. I would love to see the track plan of the layout. Well done, you must be very proud.

    regards

    Dirty Dave

  79. Adolph Svec says:

    Arnie, the recognition of your talent has been well expressed by so many others, that I can’t add anything. But I will say that it was a pleasure ducking all the current news of the world and slipping into a suit of fantasy and history to escape it all. One can only imagine what your next video might be. Whatever it might be, I’m sure it will be delightful.

    Best regards,
    Adolph
    Marengo, IL

  80. Dean says:

    Arnie, absolutely amazing.
    Thank you
    Dean
    Franklin NC

  81. Robert Brady says:

    Bravo Sir Bravo!

  82. Bob says:

    Absolutely outstanding! Beautiful everywhere. Not enough words for that job.

  83. Ken W says:

    I too am totally impressed with the layout!!
    Can you please post a track plan for others who are interested in attempting to duplicate the layout?
    Thanks
    Ken

  84. dangerous dave says:

    Great to see Arnie`s production again …still outstanding ..Dangerous Dave

  85. Minnesota Dan says:

    Not bad for a first attempt….What am I saying??? Truly Fantastic! As one who grew up in the Delaware Valley and “colleged” and had my early career in the Susquehanna Valley, this was a wonderful respite and trip down memory lane.
    My road is based on a northern neighbor, the D & H, and I did see one hopper car with that livery. Good idea to adapt the Susquehanna livery to UP’s. It is, after all, your road!
    What is the real estate market like there, I may want to move.

    Well back to the more mundane topics of preparing a meeting agenda.

    Your model railroad storefront reminded me of a place in S central PA, and it’s name was the owner’s name, but just can’t put my mind on it.

    As Al might say, “Cheers”

  86. John Richmond says:

    A truly remarkable layout and video. Please send some aerial views so we can see the whole layout. Your scenery was absolutely beautiful and very realistic.

    John

  87. Brad says:

    Scenery placed to perfection,the attention to detail has me speechless.This is an award winning layout.The water modeling is stunning alone and the rock formations looks so realistic.In town you didn’t clutter it up too much and I like that.Busy does not mean cluttered and you have succeeded in achieving that end.Al’s word stunning is not enough,but I can’t come up with another word for this,so I will just say 1 word-WOW!!!

  88. Brad says:

    PS-also love the trains running at scale speeds,just awesome in every way

  89. Franco428 says:

    Excellent all the way!!!

    I did notice your Right Side Drive bus with the entrance doors in the middle of the street. Very dangerous for plastic people if the get hit by anything moving fast. 🙂

    Your Habitat areas are an exceptional idea and the construction is flawless.

    A true masterpiece!!!

  90. Franco428 says:

    I had to watch it twice. The more I looked, the more I saw. What a fantastic creation.

  91. ARNIE, What a GREAT presentation. My hat is “OFF” to you. A History lesson worthly of being a “SHORT SUBJECT’ at the a MOVIE THEATER
    I.m saving this , and Passing it on to others as well . I’ll be viewing IT over and over again . too. The realism and of the sights and sounds is OUTSTANDING. > BEST WISHES TO YOU and THANKS FOR SHARING.

  92. george zaky says:

    beyond awesome
    Fabulous layout, outstanding scenery and detail, wonderful trains.
    So enjoyed a morning at the movies and appreciate the time and talent required to put this together.
    I am humbled.
    Thank you
    from
    George from NY

  93. Fantastic layout, excellent video!! Well done and thanks for sharing!

  94. Norman Rosen says:

    I can’t say anything that has not already been said. The attention to detail varies from outstanding to amazing. Thank you for sharing.

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