Ben makes a model train diorama

Ben’s been in touch with his model train diorama – what a great use of ‘spare parts’.

“Hi Al!

I had an old crusty locomotive and I didn’t know what to do with it. So I came up with an idea for a train diorama.

I weathered it a little although nature already did some of its own.

I bought the base at a hobby store. I printed out scenery for the background.

Thought I would share it with you and your subscribers. I call it “The End of the Line”. The title made sense since it’s an abandoned locomotive.

I really enjoy your emails!

Ben from Southern California”

train diorama

train diorama

train diorama

“Hi Al,

I have enjoyed seeing others layouts from your emails for years. I have just complete my two level O-scale layout taking about 3 years on and off.

My layout is not a single place and time but more so a collection of memories or places/buildings I really liked.

Over the past three 3 years I have acquired road names engines and rolling stock the ran through Saint Louis, Missouri USA.



O scale

O scale model railroad

O scale

O scale model train

O scale model railway

O scale

O scale

“Hi Al,

Thank you to all your readers and to you for sharing good ideas.

I saw your recent post from Roberto with recycled tracks rails as a cargo for his wagons. Attached are some photos of my use for the spare sleepers. I made coal bunkers with the redundant sleepers and coal from the foam that protected my last computer. Coal in the trucks is random lumps off the sole of old flip-flops (thongs in Australia)

Best wishes to you and all your readers



A big thanks to Ben, Jim and Andrew.

That’s all for today folks.

Please do keep ’em coming it’s getting a bit thin on the ground this end again.

Lastly, if today’s posts have got your creative juices flowing, don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide is here.



PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

6 Responses to Ben makes a model train diorama

  1. Rich B. says:

    Yes indeedy, the diorama is almost a dead ringer for what’s left of the Rangely Lakes & Sandy River RR. When I used to go up to the Navy SERE School I would spend much time exploring the abandoned towns and trails still standing from the Maine lumber industry of yesteryear. History on that can be found easily on internet…

    Regards, Rich

  2. Bill Holt says:

    Very Nice Ben ! Good Job.

  3. Nice diorama of end of line Ben …Jim you have made a nice job of that layout from memories of places ….Andrew your coal stores look ace ..Dangerous Dave

  4. George Zaky says:

    If your layout is anything like your diorama then Wow!
    Big scales make for better visuals. Really liked your layout.

  5. David says:

    Love to see HD three rail in use

  6. Jim Kennedy says:

    I am not a fan of dioramas but I have to admit that his is pretty neat.

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