Jack’s progress on his railroad layout

Jack’s been in touch again. He’s been busy finishing his fairground scene for his layout.

(His last post is here.)

Embarrassingly, I missed one of his emails, so this post is made up of his last two mails:

“Hi Al,

I made some progress on the amusement park. I didn’t know what to do for the base of the park, so I decided to just do it all in concrete. I can add planters later with flowers and such.

I went to Home Depot to get some more flooring samples but there weren’t any. Looks like they no longer sell sheet vinyl. I found two vinyl floor tiles that look like concrete, so I bought them. I cut them to fit the space. They were a little shiny so I sprayed them with Dull Coat.

The old Dorney Park had a pond with swans and sea lions which you could feed. I decided to add a pond and don’t you know you can get ho gauge swans and sea lions. So they are on order.

I got some fencing that is fancier than the chain link fence Dorney Park had, but I wanted something decent looking since the park is across the street from the church. The fence has brick pillars and iron fencing. I put it together in about 6” sections using a jig I made. It’s too flimsy to make longer sections. I’ll glue the sections together as I go.

Between the park and the tracks, I made concrete walls with my flooring samples. I cut them into scale 6′ strips, glued them back to back and curved them to the radius of the track. I painted the top edge brown and glued them to the edge of the ‘concrete’ base.

The photos show the jig I made and the concrete base for the park. The concrete walls are in place and I am test fitting the iron fence.

I also wanted something happening at the church, so I got some wedding people.

I also needed a number of cars for my parking lots. I found 50 cars for $15 on line. I knew they wouldn’t be great, but they are OK as fillers. About half the cars are very dark blue, green and black. I’ll be painting some of them lighter colors. They’ll do until I replace them with better ones down the road.

The old Dorney Park had a sky ride with gondolas for 2 people. I couldn’t find any gondolas I liked, so I made some from small plastic Easter eggs. They look pretty much like the original.

Attached are some photos and a video of the park. The video is a little jerky, but captures the essence of the scene.

Jack in PA”

Latest ebay cheat sheet is here

A huge thanks to Jack. It is wonderful to see a layout come together, step by step.

That’s all for today folks.

Please do keep ’em coming. And don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide, if you want to get going on your layout.



28 Responses to Jack’s progress on his railroad layout

  1. Roy says:

    Really impressive especially the wrought iron work. Must get back onto mine sooner rather than later.

  2. david howarth says:

    Love that model fairground, well done all round ..dangerou dave

  3. Bob says:

    WOW, that looks great! That fence is outstanding!

  4. NJ Mark says:

    Jack, Dorney Park looks great. I really like the iron gates and fencing. Top notch!! Cheers! NJ Mark PS Clever use of the Easter eggs!

  5. Peter Bayley-Bligh says:

    Looks great

  6. Frank Goodman says:

    Perfect. Put a big smile/grin on my face. Good job. Frank G.

  7. Ed says:

    Would have look A lot better if the train MOVED

  8. Frank says:


    Was this modeled after the old Dorney Park in Allentown PA?

  9. Daniel Promen says:


    I really like the iron fencing. Where did you locate it?

    Great job.


  10. Jack Bury says:

    It was modeled after the old Dorney Park in Allentown.

  11. Jack Bury says:

    The fence is Busch 6016 iron fence. I got it at hobby link

  12. Rob McCrain says:

    A really fun layout. Nice to see some frivolity for a change. Well done. Rob McCrain

  13. Robert Pagano says:

    This is some awesome modeling work and thanks for sharing all of your craftsmanship…
    Bobby Pagano

  14. Jim says:

    Truly impressive modeling. Great video too. Nice touch with the suspended gondolas.

    Jim AZ

  15. Bob Walker says:

    Great looking layout… my personal favorite is the comical Hot Dog stand – would love to know where you found that one… 😉
    Bob W in NH, USA

  16. John eaton says:

    Well done Jack and having the music playing as well!! That fairground is a true labour of love my friend!

  17. yeeeow….pretty creative amusement park
    and the wedding at the church is pricless
    keep em runnin fellas
    stJohn in long beach calif

  18. John Bury says:

    The hot dog stand and all the other stands are from Faller.

  19. Warren Ferguson says:

    Wonderful creations, Jack. It’s obvious you put your heart into them. The wrought iron fencing really is inspired. Altogether a fine tribute to Dorney Park. Thank you for sharing your work with us.

  20. Thomas Murphy says:

    Jack, thank you for the trip back in time. I remember Dorney Park well and you brought back fond memories with your great rendition!
    Regards, Tom (USA)

  21. Lee Barry, CEO LZPMRR says:

    excellent work. wish I could do it, since being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer,stage 4 last March,2016 and also with a collapsed right lung and under chemo treatments at my local nut hospital, the Mtn. Home,Tn /Johnson City,Tn VA Hospital until the treatment decides it no longer will work, so starts all over with something else, which involves installing a “port” in my right chest. I’ve been told if this total procedure works out as well as 40% to 60% as well as the previous one I’m doing good. Hope maybe I can get well enough to mess with my Z gage model railroad.

  22. Christine C says:

    Talk about bringing life into the scene, WOW. I wish I was in HO scale just so I could visit the park and ride the rides.

  23. John Reynolds says:

    very nice work

  24. Paul Selwyn Otway says:


  25. chuck hen says:

    Your Dorney Park is really nice, if this is Allentown Pa, maybe it had a Zepher ride. Not certain, but 16″ gauge comes to mind..

  26. Ian Mc Donald says:

    great pictures good video nice lighting through out. thanks for sharing.

  27. John Bury says:

    It did have a Zepher train. Not sure the gauge

  28. jim Sulkosky says:

    Looks great jack keep up the great work.

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