Bill’s stunning model railroad layout

Bill’s been back in touch with some pics of his stunning layout (his last post is here).

“Hi Al,

Sorry its been so long since my last email. I have included a few more images of my never ending layout.

My first shot is of the entire length of my area at this time. My initial layout started with a 19 X 13 foot area (photos from my last email), then i extended 4 feet to connect to a new section which is 9 X 30feet.

The additional photos in this email are close-up day and night of my harbor area. I will send another email with a few more of my 9 X30 industrial area section.

As you can see, i enjoy spending my time with trains!

Happy Modeling.

Bill”

model railroad

model railroad fishing view

model railroad fishing view night

model railroad industrial scene

Jim’s also been back in touch with another stunner (his last post is here)

“Greetings from southern AZ. Some updates and additions to the layout. Having converted some plus 30 year old Santa Fe Athearn GP7 and Atlas SD24 engines I had from years gone by to DCC by a friend, I decided to go back in time to the late seventies.

So along with some newer InterMountain Santa Fe SD40’s, new, older autos (some with led lights) and some recently weathered Athearn blue box freight cars, we’re in an older era featuring Santa Fe.

I also installed traffic lights, crossing signals and gates. The crossing signals are Woodland Scenics and the crossing signals and gates are NJ International. They both function with switches for now and the gates are not motorized. And the traffic lights are Walthers.

A great thanks to you Alastair for your site and a great thanks to the many talented and creative modelers who provide so many innovative ideas and how to’s. Your videos and photos are greatly appreciated.

Jim AZ”



Latest ebay cheat sheet is here – have a look.

A huge thank you to Bill and Jim. Stunning, stunning stuff.

That’s all for today folks – but please don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide if you want to make that start on your layout.

Best

Al

26 responses to “Bill’s stunning model railroad layout”

  1. Christine says:

    Wonderful layout. Took so much time and money. I love it.

  2. Rube Simon says:

    Bill: :-O

  3. That is some layout Bill has , wonder if I could extend another 4 ft ..? lol ..very nice ..Jim , love the Sate Fe on your layout …Dangerous Dave

  4. Ian Robert Black says:

    I’m just starting out with mine nothing like yours it is grate to see what can be done brilliant will keep going with mine hopefully it will be as good as yours best wishes to you.

  5. Don says:

    No McDonald’s???(haha)….very well done,Bill!

  6. That;s totally awesome!!

  7. steve joyce says:

    The bridges can anyone tell me who makes the bridges. Am wanting to do something like that and am looking at several different manufacturers

  8. paul vogel says:

    Beautiful work to both Jim and Bill. Thank you for sharing. Paul…..Ohio USA

  9. George Miner says:

    Being in the process of my second layout, (first was 40 years ago) I really appriciate the time and effort for all this work.
    Great job!!

  10. Mike says:

    Wonderful layout, awesome, I love it. I’m slowly working on mine. Thank you for sharing.

  11. Terry Miller says:

    Jim: I’m wondering about your crossiing gates and signals. You say they’re operated by switches–are the switches activated by the train, or thrown by hand by you?
    Great layout..

  12. Geoffrey Plumb says:

    Very nice layout indeed …

  13. needs way more foliage. common criticism i have on many layouts. most don’t have nearly enough trees, bushes.

  14. Chuck Bartunek says:

    Wow, what a magnificent layout , ,thanks for sharing.

  15. Billy Mills says:

    Too amazing for words

  16. Don Jennings says:

    Bill
    I hope you have a crew to help you run the trains on the layout.

    How do you fix or repair anything on the layout? Do you have lift panels placed through out the layout? I hope so.
    What a great looking layout. I wish I had that much room.
    I do not.

    donj1044 USA NC

  17. Nice layouts. Jim, I was born and raised in KS, lived in Newton KS for 3 years. Newton had every passenger train from Chicago to LA and Chicago to Corpus Cristi coming thru there. I have a PRN but I follow ATSF practices and locomotives that I buy are SF before I repaint them.
    Lester in GA

  18. Brian Rockey says:

    Some particularly fine modelling of the roads Jim and the industrial area. Great!
    Brian

  19. Really enjoyed. Thanks for the inspiration. Just started in hobby and seeing whats possible is awesome.

    Bob

  20. Andy evans says:

    Hey Jim, great representation of the American Southwest. Not everybody realizes that the desert doesn’t support much in the likes of shrubs or trees. Great how you tied your foreground to those wonderful backdrops! Looks just like when I was traveling last month in your area. Nice Job!

  21. Malcolm Hodgson says:

    Wow. For both!!

    Mal
    North Wales

  22. Great posts…
    Jim’s video reminded me of Route 66 in the 1970’s… Evoked memories of Kingman, Seligman, Winslow, (all Arizona towns on Route 66… One might even add Gallup New Mexico! Cue Bobby Troupe (Get your kicks on Route 66!
    As to the comment about trees: The American southwest is more known for its desert. Trees are a rarity in the area marked by both the Sonora Desert and the Mojave… On old Route 66, one could drive miles without seeing a bush, much less a tree! This was especially true of the route traveled by the Santa Fe. The significant exception to this treeless landscape was the area between Williams, Arizona, and Flagstaff, Arizona (Which was forest).

  23. Wm althaus says:

    Labors of love for both of you. Great to see your work !
    Bill In Virginia

  24. Vandana Sharma says:

    Awesome

  25. Bill says:

    donj1044 USA NC
    I have multiple portals within the sections of the layout in order to fix, clean tracks, etc.

    Thank you everyone for your kind words! I enjoy looking at other fine modeling work. It’s wonderful that Al has this site for us to share and learn from the best!

    Happy Holidays ! Bill in Rhode Island USA

  26. Allan J Jelinek says:

    WOW ! AWSOME !

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