Jamie’s update


Enclosed are several pictures from my layout.

To answer a few questions from my previous post.

The “real looking trees” are actually “real sedum plant” flowers that are dried and then different grasses applied for color.

The layout utilizes both packaged buildings, kit-bashed buildings, and all scratch built structures. Figures and buildings are hand painted.

The story is a small Northern city area with 3 towns connecting to the “Big City”.

These towns are Aurora, Waldon, and Buffalo Creek.

Shuttleworth Pub is for my son-in-law who plays professional soccer in the MLS.

The “circle” depicts a horse statue. The bronze horse was a gift from my daughter.

“Paula’s” greenhouse is for my wife who has a huge garden in our yard.

This layout is 12’x8’ and is phase one… The second phase is beginning soon and will be 3’x25’ consisting of a switching yard and a portion of the “Big City”.


Bike Shop










Shuttleworth Pub-Cop

Jamie’s last update is here, if you missed it. Apols to Jamie if I’ve duplicated anything.

And now, Jake answers some questions on his layout (which is here).

“To answer a few questions posted on my photos, the derrick crane at the sawmill is from a Walthers kit (the building wasn’t utilized in this layout).

The vehicles used are made by Herpa, Athern,CMW and Wiking. Some of the trucks were purchased as cab and chassis, I built the beds for them, for example, at the time I fabricated the beds for the single axle dump trucks I couldn`t find any available for sale. Since then CMW has produced the `41- `46 Chevy dump, there are about 6 of these trucks in the layout.

In the photo of the trucks loading at the coal mine, 3 have beds built by me, the one with the silver bed is a CMW production,


Big thanks to Jake and Jamie! Both stunning layouts.

That’s all for today folks.

Please do keep ’em coming.

And if today is the day you get started on your layout, the Beginner’s Guide is here.



PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

PPS More HO scale train layouts here if that’s your thing.

26 Responses to Jamie’s update

  1. John Reynolds says:

    Those are some of the best painted DPM buildings I have seen! I like yours better than the built ups that Woodland Scenics now offers.
    Great Job… Amazing layout!

  2. Ken Gokdenberg says:

    Beautiful layout! I love the Greyhound bus because I remember these. It looks like a Matchbox or similar die-cast car , is it?
    I don’t have a layout myself as I have no room at this point – can’t even get real cars in our garage because house in our area have very little storage, and in So. Calif. we have no basements and little to know attics.
    But my biggest problem I would have is deciding which era to model. I grew up in the 1960’s and traveled on the great California Zephyr and Santa Fe Super Chief, and up in the San Francisco area there was Southern Pacific, so I would have trouble just picking a railroad line to model in general! Someday I’ll figure that all out!

  3. jeffrey sikes says:

    very nice looking layout well done !!!!.

  4. Donald Drummond says:

    Verey good i like it show me more and land skapes and tracks

  5. norweb14517 says:

    question —– which multi track controler with out going to dcc would you recomend for a 00 layout

  6. David Hodges says:

    Also think the Greyhound bus adds so much to the layout! I recently saw that bus in a Walthers train catalog and ordered one for my layout. It is actually HO scale 1/87. I also remember many of those double-decker buses on the highways a few years back! Thanks, Al, for all of the great emails you continue to send our way.

  7. Fred says:

    Very good looking. What is the scale? If people would mention the scale at the begining of their submissions it would be of help. This is a lot more impressive in N scale than it would be in LGB.

  8. Clément Drolet says:


  9. Ray says:

    Great looking layout,cant wait to see the rest of it,keep up the good work.

  10. Gary Manganiello says:

    Fantastic detail;…….I have viewed the pictures many times looking at the detail……..the pictures have given me a lot of ideas. Thanks

    Gary M

  11. Robert Brady says:

    Great, gorgeous realistic,love looking at the town especially the round about.
    Show us some loco-motion.

  12. Brian Messenger says:

    Very nicely detailed layout. Keep up the excellent work.
    The HOn3 guy – Knysna RSA

  13. Ben says:

    Excellent.Its all great and I am particularly impressed with the lighting. However, it appears that the police officer needs to issue himself or herself a ticket for having entered the roundabout in the wrong direction! LOL

  14. Jim Robinson says:

    I like the close-ups! They show the real craftsmanship behind your layout. I’d love to see some photos taken from a distance, as well.

  15. Ed Mazur says:

    Love the greenhouse and flowers outside it. Great detail.

  16. Tim Smolinski says:

    Jamie! You are a credit to the hobby! You have (or had ) to be in some kind of technical field (supposition) to incorporate the detail that you are achieving! It’s the tiny nuances that bring a layout to life, and your layout “breathes”! Please keep up the good work!

  17. Lou Nelson says:

    Would really like to see the plan in your next post.

  18. Lawrence says:

    This looks so real, beautiful

  19. Dave Karper says:

    Ben,In my big city, emergency responses cancan do what’s necessary with all due caution, although fire engines can only buck traffic into the block where the fire is.

  20. Gerald Edgar says:

    Outstand9ing, esp. that “town square” i.e. circle island park!

  21. Malcolm says:

    I agree with the comment about explicitly specifying the scale to start with. It’s more difficult to model in an “off” scale such as Z, S or N because there is less available in the way of figures, buildings, etc. (although N is beginning to approach availability of HO and O). Malcolm Z

  22. robert dale tiemann says:

    nice greehouse. really nice job on the terrain.

  23. Rich B. says:

    A working RR for certain. I see a Yin-Yang philosophy here, meaning the flower garden is excellent with the detail but the traffic circle is way too elaborate and seems a way to just take space up. Now if a swamp or cess pool took up that area or dumps… that would be eye opener.

    Great job either way and never finished, what do you do next? Too many out there looking at the world through rose-colored glasses, especially comments.

    Regards, Rich

  24. Brian Olson says:

    Well done at many levels!

  25. Adolph says:

    Great photo work! So realistic!

  26. Jim AZ says:

    Good stuff. Really like and appreciate the small town scenes. Detailed and unique.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Jim AZ

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