Bill’s mountain update

“Hi Al,

Over the last weeks I’ve continued to work on the mountain that anchors one end of my N Scale layout.

Since my last post I’ve gotten the top removable section of the mountain completed and have planted a forest on its sides. This was a fun endeavor for me as I really enjoy the scenery building that comes with making a model railroad.

In addition to working on the mountain I’ve also done additional small projects on the layout including weathering one of the engine houses and adding more trees to other areas.

As the weather starts to cool off I’ll start to make a number of automobile kits I have and paint and weather those. I also have a growing pile of people to add to the layout as I get areas farther along.

Always fun things to do!

The video shows rock construction of the lift off top and the second covers adding in ground cover and foliage.

Cheers!!

Bill in Virginia”

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A huge thanks to Bill – stunning stuff. Can’t wait for his next one. It’s quite a story he’s putting together.

If you’re looking for his last post, it’s here.

That’s all for this time folks.

Please do keep ’em coming.

And don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide is here, if you want to stop dreaming, and start doing.

Best

Al

PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

PPS There’s a new post on myotherhobby.com if you’re interested.

32 Responses to Bill’s mountain update

  1. Michael Horn says:

    Stunning geology if nothing else. But so much more!

  2. Your mountain is one of the most realistic stone mountains I have ever seen beyond the natural ones. Congratulations!

  3. Brian Rockey says:

    Wonderful scenery Bill.
    Brian, Wokingham UK

  4. Robert Brady says:

    very very nice Bill , so realistic. Wish it was HO though.
    The Critic

  5. Gregory Running Elk says:

    I love this mountain, it’s very realistic and I would love to learn how to make my mountains look as good as this one. Thank you for sharing and keeping this hobby alive.

  6. Beautiful detail, very well done

  7. Dwight in Toronto says:

    This is one of the most convincingly realistic miniature railroads ever featured on this sight.

    As an aside, I’m wondering why Robert Brady says “wish it was HO though”. What difference would that make?

  8. Great layout

  9. Stunning Scenery!!!
    One of the best mountains that I have seen in any scale since the 1960’s and John Allen’s famed Gorre and Daphetid.
    Never mind, not “One of…” It is THE BEST that I have seen since John Allen.

  10. Fred Gevalt says:

    Bill-

    Wonderful mountain scenery – subtle colors, and tree placement. Really looks like the real thing. You obviously had a lot of fun doing it!

    Fred Gevalt

  11. Steve Ruple says:

    Looks awesome Bill, coming along very well. Nice job!!!!!!!!!

  12. don kadunc says:

    Another great tutorial.

  13. Gary M from Long Island says:

    Wow….Great scenery detail and love those trains running. Your detail on the roads is awesome.

  14. Warner Smith says:

    I have no words. Your work is as real as it gets and love the ease of your presentation. Thanks for allowing us into your world……. Magnifique…….

  15. Ben Olson says:

    Stunning work on the mountains, they look so real! Enjoyed watching the trains run as well. Thanks for a great video!

  16. Mark T. Pianka says:

    Great scenery!! Nice Job!!

  17. William says:

    Absolutely great rock work.
    It would be nice if you could video while you are doing it. I’d like to see how it gets from 3:47 to 4:04.

  18. Bob Martin says:

    Wow, very nice, looks as if it touched the hillside I would get my fingers dirty.

  19. Marklin ed says:

    Great mountains, what detail for N gage railroad.Looking for more of your layout.
    Ed Cairo NY

  20. Bill in Virginia says:

    Hi all – Bill in Virginia here. First thank you all for the kind comments! I really have a lot of fun doing scenery and enjoy mountain building most of all I think.

    To William who asked about how I do it if you go to my YouTube channel and look for the following video title it will show you how I apply the plaster and carve to get the rock effect. The video is called Model Railroad N Scale Mountain Scenery and How To Process. In that I show how I got started on the mountain by the twin tunnel portals

  21. Gene says:

    I agree with William: how you make the mountain would be a real asset . They look so real, we would love to see how you do them.

  22. Ken Mabie says:

    Bill,
    Tell me about your black roundhouse in the photos. I grew up in a small town that had one in the junction yard. I intend to build a replica for my HO layout. Did you have a kit or some plans from somewhere. Looking for any assistance. Thanks, Ken Mabie

  23. Great mountain and scenery work on your layout! — enjoyed seeing the train running!

  24. Very talented!

  25. Thomas says:

    Thanks for running a train !

  26. Bill in Virginia says:

    Bill again – Ken are you referring to the engine house I have by the coaling tower? If so that is an old Heljan kit. A three stall roundhouse that I got off eBay a while back. If you are referring to the other one that is an old card stock kit I also got off eBay that was already assembled but I weathered and touched up

  27. David L McNeil says:

    I liked seeing the P.I.E. truck on your layout. I haven’t seen any of them in years.

  28. Bill Luxford says:

    Greetings from Bill in New Mexico!
    Very good work on your rock geology with what looks like one side of uplifted or folder hills. Nice trackwork on the mountain line with a crossing, tunnels, cliffs, rivers; gorges and different styles of track river crossings. “You done good!!”
    Speaking from over 65+ years of playing/modeling/working with trains from HO scale all the way up to Inch and a half scale with S, On30, On3, G1/2″, O two rail and O three rail in between but, not in that order! (O-3r, S, HO ,O-2r, On3, !.5″, G1/2″, & On30) but, I’m now confined to arm chair! modeling at (82.) Nuts!!!
    I do have a question about your roundhouse? You show four tracks coming off the table but, the roof lines up front look funny for a 4 track house . I can’t figure out how you would get 4 tracks in under the roof the way it is laid out and get supports for the roof in the right places without the roof falling if you ever got any snow or water or even a person walking on the roof. Peaked roofs run onto the flat roofs that aren’t drained and vent stacks that are in funny places. I think you would have been better off using two sides of the long single stall kit for the outside walls and using the other two sides and spare end to make up the backside. Use parts from the old backs and fronts and clobber up a higher front line and pitch the roof down to the back. Then use a single piece of PVC or cardboard to make up a flat roof slightly raised in the front down in the back for drainage. Then put the vent stacks over where the steam engine stacks would fall with either the engines backed in or nose first. The steam engine roof vents have large funnel or rectangle shaped funnel’s to direct the smoke and steam out the roof. Diesel track vent stacks can be much smaller and evenly spaced over the track centerlines. Just a thought since American Enginehouses are designed totally different than British Engine sheds. British sheds tend to be set up on parallel tracks and US roundhouses are set up on a fan shape off the turn table. The American design uses less space from table to building. Anyway, just a suggestion or thought to change that one area. Otherwise, it ALL looks great.
    THANKS FOR SHARING!

  29. Will in NM says:

    Bill, Another great video! You make dramatic scenery creation look so simple yet there is a lot of artistic talent needed to achieve your results. What exactly did you use to cut the pink foam board that gives it the striations? Beautiful job and thank you again for sharing your process with all us newbies.

  30. Norman Rosen says:

    Bill, as a geologist, let me say that your first picture is excellent and one of the best depictions of rock layering that I have seen, Very well done,

  31. Jim L Robinson says:

    Great work! In addition to the quality of your work, I appreciate that you’ve given us some broader views of your layout (contrasted with a lot of close-ups–which also are good. I like both the close-ups and the back-off-and-get-a-broader-view shots!)

  32. Mountain looks awesome and I am sure it was fun. Nothing like a great forest on a mountain. Well done.

    The rest of the layout also looks great, hope to get more updates .

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