Brian’s latest update

A big thanks to Brian – and everybody else – who have contributed over the years. Talking of which, let’s get back to this years countdown.

The 8th most popular post of this year is here. And it from February of this year too.

That’s all this time folks.

Please do keep ’em coming. And if you haven’t started your layout yet, the Beginner’s Guide will get you going.




Latest ebay cheat sheet is here Still updated daily…

12 Responses to Brian’s latest update

  1. Carl Halgren says:

    Excellent Shay, beautifully weathered. The Shay is my favorite engine. Hard to find one in HO.
    The trees are also well done. I am looking forward to seeing your spar tree and loading facility.

    Keep on training,
    Carl in Kansas

  2. Dave Fairfull says:

    A hing of beauty Brian.
    Dave F.

  3. Wolf Carnahan says:

    Where did you get the trees? I haven’t found any. that size. P;ease let me know.

  4. Brian Messenger says:

    The trees are from Grande Central Gems and Woodland Scenics both from the USA. They can be ordered in different sizes. – Brian, Knysna South Africa

  5. dave says:

    The spectrum series has several shays in HO I have 3 along with a hiesler and a all brass cimax in the US go to Cass scenic rail road state park in WV they have em all running daily during the season .A really great rip !!

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  7. Peter Hulthen says:

    Pine trees can be made from old plastic Christmas Trees.

  8. John Reynolds says:

    Great work on the trees and would love to see a tutorial…
    John from California

  9. Geoff Sparnicht says:

    Very well done,i am really impressed by your trees

  10. John Britt says:

    I would like to send you videos that were taken at a train show this year., Our club display features 1. random scenes and 2. cab ride . We are the Victoria Model Railway Club located on the west coast of Cabada,

  11. Ian Mc Donald says:

    great photos the layout is coming along very nicely thanks for sharing.

  12. Jim Sulkosky says:

    Very nice well done

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