Jim’s been in touch again.
“Greetings to you and all of your wonderful and knowledgeable subscribers.
I have two new Broadway Limited ES44AC’s and five new Maxi 1 well cars along with some containers appeared in the “train room “.
So, I set to work weathering the well cars (with only mild weathering as these cars have a build date from ‘02) and the containers.
I have to say, these BLI’s are truly great.
They run smoothly, have great sound with many sound functions and are capable of producing smoke. WOW!
Accordingly, I had to replace my Santa Fe era on my layout with my BNSF fleet and put together this video highlighting some of the sound effects from these engines.
I programmed horn sounds for grade crossings and forward, reverse and stopping as well as volume levels for various functions.
And of course the smoke.
Here’s hoping you enjoy this update and run by.
Latest ebay cheat sheet is here – crazy deals this time of year.
And now something from Michael.
He’s a man fo few words, but I thought i’d publish it because it looks fun, and it also goes to show you don’t need a lot of space to enjoy this hobby:
“Mike’s 44 X 33 layout for his nephew.
Plaster cloth over Styrofoam.
That’s all today folks.
Thanks to Jim and Mike.
Please do keep ’em coming – it’s getting a bit thin on the ground this end.
And don’t forget, the Beginner’s Guide is here if you want to take your first step towards your own layout.
Jim, fantastic layout and video!! And Al, thanks for another wonderful year of ideas, feedback and videos from around the world. You have no idea how many of us look forward to your blog about this great hobby we all love so much. Jonathan
Whats next? Looks great…. 👍
Sheldon. Phoenix. USA
Hi Great layout and well done with the weathering. Loco sounds really good. The smoke ,I think, spoils the loco. It is a bit light model boat modelling where you cant get scale water. , you just cant get scale exhaust smoke. It does work a bit better on a coal fire loco. It is a nice novelty to have but I think the excellent video would be better without the smoke effect.
I enjoyed the train show vary much. Someday I’ll be working on my own layout.
Up in New Hampshire.
Nice work Michael! Simple with good detail. Great start to something larger? Once the bug bites – there is no cure! LOL
Great job Jim. Very realistic layout details. On your previous video, what type of train mounted camera did you use. That gives the layout a whole new dimension.
Hi, Linda. Thanks for your kind comments. It’s a GoPro cube strapped to the body of small ore car with Velcro.
Great looking engines but… there’s no crew!! Do you have ghost “drivers”?
Jim, What a great video! I really like the mountains just behind the buildings and the loco with the flat cars and containers look great. Thanks for sharing!
Mike, what a nice layout! You have clearly put in a lot of time and effort!
Al, Thanks for all you do.
seems your pond is drying up Mike.
Your layout is awesome and so well done. What scale? Those consists look so real.
What scale? Cute and nicely done layout for your nephew who I am sure will enjoy running trains.
Mucho gracias for your work and all the masters who contribute. I’ve learned so much and have been enriched by this blog. What fun!
Nice locomotives Jim !!! I like bnsf alot. I like that they smoke. I have an 4-8-8-4 big boy that smokes. The smoke doesn’t last long, I have to add more smoke fluid if I want it to smoke. It’s a cool feature for sure.