German model railway

Ruud’s been in touch with his German model railway:

“Hi Al,

I’m following the mails in your site already for some time now.

I don’t have much time, so progress is very very slow.

But thought still that I do have something to share.

First of all, I see many different layouts and each having its own purpose, depending on the priorities set by the builder. And that is good. Most important is that we love what we are doing and enjoy it.

I for me would like to make something that reflects the purpose of a real railway. You must have the idea that people are transported from one place to another and that goods are transported to the place where they are needed. One should not have the impression that trains are just running around, though they do of course.

Therefor I set for myself some rules.

One should not be able to see the train running back at the other side of the layout.

Platforms should at least be long enough to let the passengers of all carriages step out without braking their necks of legs. (My platforms are 2 meter, which allows for 7 or 8 carriages.)

The buildings should give the real impression of a city (in my case).

The number of tunnels in mountains should be kept to the absolute minimum. (Tunnels in real world are very expensive and made only if there is no way around it.)

My layout will be in 5 modules, which can be transported separately if needed.

Still working on the 1st module. That is showing a bit of the idea that I have in mind. But still far from finished. But I made a start ?

I have included a few pictures.


Ruud (DRGbaan)”

german model railway

german model railway platform

german model railway platform

german model train

german model railway

“Alastair saw the post on the trains running for days. Attached are photos of my layout.

I have been following your site for a number of years and enjoy the comments and have built a large number of your buildings but too late for my layout.

Myself and another n scaler from our local club are building to work with the club’s HO layout.

Our module will have both scales on it with HO track on the top and a 3 foot x 12 foot.


HO scale club layout

HO scale club module

HO scale club layout

HO scale module

N scale club layout

A big thanks to Ruud and James.

That’s all for today folks, all except that the obvious: the curtain must come down on the silly sale.

Thanks to each and everyone of you that has supported the site and grabbed this deal. $9 isn’t a lot but it all helps keep the blog rumbling along.

If you’ve missed it, the silly sale is just $9, and you get all this.

Please grab it if you’ve been tempted.

You get $135 worth of print out buildings for just $9 and the Beginner’s Guide with all its bonuses is thrown in too.

But not for long.

You can grab it here before it disappears like a thief in the night.



Atlas N scale

Ernie has been in touch with some Atlas N scale fun.

If you’ve ever thought “They don’t make ’em like they used to…” you’ll enjoy Ernie’s post.

It certainly made me smile:

“Left 3 trains orbiting for 2 days when I got distracted and forgot they were running……

No derailments!

Wife asked me how long I was letting them run when she noticed while doing the laundry.

Built 30 years ago and just recently brought back into service.

Scenery time!


atlas control panel

atlas n scale engine

atlas track bridge

atlas n scale track engines

atlas track locos

atlas n scale train bridge

atlas n scale sidings

A big thanks to Enie for his Atlas N scale fun.

30 years old and still going strong!

That’s all for today folks, except for…

The $9 silly sale for the latest scratch build kit and all the bonuses ends very soon.

Please don’t hang about if you want it.

Although $9 and may not seem like much, each sale helps keep the site going.

I know many of you already have the guide and are buying just for the prints and to support the site. Thank you to each and everyone of you!

You can grab it here.

Don’t forget, you’re only limited by your imagination. Mike’s started on a fire station:

And I know most of you have seen what you can make:

Here’s all the details on the new kit that comes free with Beginner’s Guide.

And remember it’s just $9 for the whole lot.

But not for long.

Please don’t miss it, you get $135 worth of buildings and the Beginner’s Guide and all the usual bonuses.

Grab it right here, right now.



Mike builds a fire station

“Hi Al,

One of the things I like about your site is you show work in progress. Here’s mine.

Thought you might like to see it because it’s made entirely from your new kit.

It’s not finished and nor will it ever will be because I’m just messing around.

If youre scratch building never make the mistake of just jumping in and expecting perfect results.

Start with a prototype, one that you use just to find your feet and get ideas.

I’ve been thinking about a fire station for some time so thought I’d have a go.

One thing about John’s videos is he seems to play with the prints and just have fun.

I think this is the way to do it so here’s my first attempt.

I’ll get finished pics to you when I do the thing for real. I just wanted to see if the ideas in my head would work.

Pleased with the way it turned out.

that’s the great thing about a prototype. It needs more shouty signs, i just printed them off in corel. There needs to be more ‘relief’ as John calls it on the doors. Some weathering will make all the difference. There’s lots I’ll change but pleased with it so far.

The doors haven’t worked out as well as I’d hoped. that’s the great thing about a prototype. Not sure how I’ll fix. I’ll probably use a different pattern from another kit but i wanted to see what I could do just with the latest one.

DId have fun and it got me thinking about what I can do in the final build.

I’m happy for anyone to comment on what I’ve done and how I can improve it.


A huge thanks to Mike – absolutely love what he’s done – I think it’s a great start.

I do totally agree with him about John – he seems to play and have with fun with his builds.

And it looks like Mike has done the same with his prototype. It’s all from the latest kit too.

If you want to get your feet with a model building, just $9 gets you lots of them and the Beginner’s Guide.

But not for long – this sale ends soon.

Over the years, you lot have sent in some fantastic model built from the print out scenery:

Scratch built freight shed

More scratch builds

Even more of your scratch builds

Things you’ve made with the silly sale

More scratch builds

John’s shelf layout

Perhaps the most popular model is the barn – lots of you have enjoyed making it:

The barn is bundled free at the moment with the Beginner’s Guide and the scratch build kits.

In fact, all of the below are bundled free – but this deal ends soon. So please don’t miss it.

The roundhouse
The red barn bundle (I call these the 4th July buildings)
The wooden barn
3 hours of ‘how to’ video
Engine sheds
Shipping containers
signal boxes

And then of course, there are the latest scratch kits:

It’s unoriginally called ‘Scratch build kit 2’, but look what you can build with it:

warehouse back drop

Here’s an example of the backdrops you can build.

And have a look at the town houses:

town house HO scale

And there’s different brickwork prints too:

HO scale town house

Side view:

HO scale town house

But perhaps the best thing about Scratch build kit 2, is that Scratch build kit 1 comes completely free with it.

So you can use the brick prints from that and make lots more:

Best of all, I thought it was about time a did another silly sale to help keep the site going.

So the new Scratch build kit 2 is just $9.

And don’t forget, you get Scratch build kit 1 completely free too.

The good new doesn’t stop there though.

I thought the best way for people to start tinkering with trains and layouts is to bundle the Scratch build kits with the Beginner’s Guide.

So this means you get Scratch build kits 1 & 2, the Beginner’s Guide and all the free bonuses that come with the Beginner’s Guide – all for just $9.

Of course I’m biased but it really is a proper silly sale. Ridiculous value.

I know many of you have the Beginner’s Gude and you are only buying it for the prints – and that’s absolutely fine.

So, for a few days only, you get Scratch build kits 1 & 2, the Beginner’s Guide and all the free bonuses that come with the Beginner’s Guide – all for just $9.

Here’s what you can build with scratch build kit 1 (which comes free with Scratch build kit 2 – and all for just $9)

You can see all the buildings here.

The whole lot is just $9.

And as I say, I know some of you have the Beginner’s Guide already are only buying it for the prints – that’s absolutely fine.

Hopefully you’ll agree it’s a smashing deal – and if it gets a few more of you into making models and laying track it’s all been worth out.

Please don’t hang about though – it’s only for a few days then it’s all back to normal.

You can buy the Beginner’s Guide and both the scratch build kits right now for just $9. But not for long!

Here’s John with another video on how to make these buildings:

All the prints are HO scale. For N scale reduce the print size to 54%. For O scale increase by 143%.

The entire package – everything I’ve listed – is just $9.

In a nutshell you are getting $135 worth, for just $9.

I do get a real kick whem somebody tells me they’ve started their layout because of the blog or the Beginner’s Guide. It’s just as satisfying when somebody sends pics of the print out buildings too.

And when I get both – some of my print out buildings on a new layout – well, that just makes me smile from ear to ear.

So I thought this package really should give a gentle nudge to all those who have often thought about making that start, or just want to make some buildings.

It’s $135 worth for just $9. If that doesn’t get you started, I don’t know what will.

With so much to gain and nothing to lose, I’m really hoping you’ll take the plunge, whether it’s for the Beginner’s Guide, the new building prints, or all the other freebies.

And you really have nothing to lose – it’s a one time $9 payment that also comes with a 60 day, no quibble, money back guarantee.

So here are the new prints (I hope you like them).

Here’s John holding the prints and a building he’s made from them:

And here’s some more buildings John has made from the prints – have a look at the video below to see how he did it.

All these buildings are free with the Beginner’s Guide this weekend – and it’s just $9 too.

All of these buildings, and lots of others too, with the Beginner’s Guide for just $9.

Here’s a pic what you get in the new print collection:

As you’ve probably worked out, you’re only restricted by your imagination, you could make as many buildings as you like, to whatever design you like.

It’s a crazy deal and I hope you like it.

I know some of you who aleady have the Beginner’s Guide will buy it again just for the prints – and that’s absolutely fine.

But remember – today is the last day – then everything goes back to how it was.

So if you’d like to grab $135 worth of Guide and prints for just $9, grab it here, right now.