Eric’s train layout – have a look at the lighting.

Not long ago Eric sent in pics of his fabulously British layout.

Eric got lots of comments – but not about his engines, rolling stock or scenery. It seems he really hit a chord with you all with his lighting.

So have a look at this. He’s kindly sent in a video of his layout – and it shows the lighting off a treat.

And to all those sitting on the side lines, if that’s inspired you, this’ll get you off the starting blocks.

Thanks to Eric. Please do keep ’em coming folks.

Best

Al

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31 Responses to Eric’s train layout – have a look at the lighting.

  1. ken says:

    imprised very much nice job done

  2. christine says:

    You are shooting video and not running any trains? It’s like you are taken photos.

  3. Steve Roberts says:

    Looks great at night, once again excellent work. – Like the old East Yorkshire buses.
    Nice one Eric
    Steve R. UK

  4. Len says:

    The lighting is very effective – that’s a lot of wiring but it sure is effective -excellent

  5. Mark J says:

    I’ve always thought in terms of day and night, but now I just have to work on a dawn/dusk setting. I’ve never seen it before, but it does look really special. Thank you for inspiring me.

  6. P ETER ROLSTONE says:

    EXCELLENT SHOWS GREAT SKILL AND PATIENCE

  7. Ian Macpherson says:

    The lighting, scenery and the rollling stock are all fantastic, and given me so many ideas, I just hope I can do half as good a job.
    I’m setting my layout in rural Australia, with mostly Victorian and NSW locomotives and rolling stock.
    keep up the good work, Eric and Al
    Cheers
    Ian Mac

  8. Doug T of Townsville Australia says:

    How good is that – top layout

  9. Willie Kerr says:

    Very nice indeed, superb layout.
    Willie

  10. steven stclair says:

    Excellent layout and lights. The trains are all of my favourites and liveries . BRILLIANT!

  11. george says:

    Awesome layout and is even more enhanced by the fantastic lighting scheme. As a ‘newby’ to the hobby, I can’t even imagine how much time, effort and skill was put into the model. Great stuff, Eric and well done.

  12. Eric says:

    Thank you for the comments folks. The layout has taken a lot of time and patience, wiring, I was in the electric trade for 33 years and so it’s natural but definitely fiddly work and even that takes planning with colour coded wires so I use the right voltage or controller, but some of those lighting wires are so thin and a pain to link up. Plan all you like but it never goes to plan as you will all know so just make it so it looks right, with all the lift off panels and trying to hide all the joins you can, takes ages too. Persevere and you will succeed. Good look with your own layouts.
    Eric

  13. Dave Whatley says:

    Very good with your light, I am redoing my lighting trying to light every thing on my layout. I have seen a lot of things I can do better from your lighting layout. Thanks Eric, keep it coming please Dave in Savannah, Ga.
    USA

  14. Ralph in Eureka, Missouri, U.S.A. says:

    Hello Eric,
    Your layout looks fantastic. Couldn’t help but wonder, though, how you get access to all the layout. I don’t see indents or access hatches. Can you please show (or describe) the overall layout? Thanks!

    Ralph in Eureka, Missouri. USA

  15. Bob fina Old Town, Florida. USA says:

    The lighting is beautiful, but it ,in my opinion, would have been a lot better if Eric had some rolling stock rolling. All in all, very beautiful. Thank you Eric.

  16. Lawrence says:

    This is beautiful. How many years did it take you to do this. I am guessing you are at least 100 years old for it did not take over night. Thanks for showing us.

  17. Eric says:

    Hi Ralph, my layout boards, all six lift up for easy access and the centre park area is my access hatch, the joins are as well covered as I can make them and each board independently wired makes it easier to remove them.
    The lights in the housing are actually three volt Christmas lights in strings of five lights per string and used via my control so the brightness can be lowered, one tip if you try this and join some then is to use a tester to make sure you have the polarity right or they won’t work, out of well over 100 lights I had only one string of five and one single light I had to adjust and thought I had done well. It’s well worth the effort and makes it more alive.
    Good Luck enjoy modelling.
    Eric

  18. James Ervin says:

    GREAT WORK ERIC… If you have time, please advise the size of your layout
    and assuming it is HO. Thanks for all the inspiration. JE

  19. Eric says:

    To JE N gauge about 7ft wide by 4 foot 6 deep, or see yesterdays post for the plan. And the other answer is two years:-)

    Eric

  20. steve masters says:

    truly superb, wonderfully realistic the lighting is very convincing for an evening atmosphere and the scenery is first class.

  21. Peter Jones says:

    Wow what a great job Eric thanks for showng

  22. Mike Potts, Hull UK says:

    Eric, very good layout especially with the lighting.. Like the EYMS buses, is that a Hull corporation bus there as well? Mike P, Hull

  23. Kenton says:

    Outstanding!

  24. Bernard Mulholland says:

    The magnificence of the top side of the layout belies the work that must have gone in to the underneath of this layout. Superb work Eric. And thanks for the night time showing. it is videos and photos of layouts like yours that inspire the rest of us modelers. Keep up the good work. Bernard from Oz

  25. david howarth says:

    Plenty of lighting there Eric , nice job you have done , always think lighting brings a layout to life ..well done …Dave

  26. Charles says:

    Like the Scouts at the Scout Hut and fire! From a Scouter.

  27. Ross Johnston says:

    Great layout Eric! Would love to see you track plan. Very impressed. Cheers Rossco Adelaide, South Australia

  28. Chanda says:

    I am very impressed of this layout it is great job you done,thank you so much.

  29. Gerry says:

    Very nice…sometimes a little peace and quiet is comforting to see.

  30. Alan Conant says:

    Great N gauge layout! I’m responding with a request. I’m planning two layouts in a 10′ x 10′ room. I want to build a Marklin layout joined with a regular US-built layout. I’ve read that you can blend the two using catenary. Anybody else trying this?
    Also, I’m looking for a plan of the table/support structure for a layout depicted on pp. 138-148 of “Running Trains Digitally with the Central Station 3”. Marklin people say to look at back issues of Marklin Insider, all in German. Anyone have suggestions?

  31. JOHN R. GRANT says:

    ERIC, If that isn’t realistic, I don’t know what is!! You’ve done a marvelous job!! Keep up your GREAT work. Thank you for sharing.

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