Jim’s latest railroad update

Jim’s been in touch again – his last post is here.

“Greetings and happy New Year to you and all of your wonderful and knowledgeable subscribers.

Santa came a bit early this year and two new Broadway Limited ES44AC’s and five new Maxi 1 well cars along with some containers appeared in the “train room “. Oh my! I must have been a really good boy this year.

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.

Best regards,

Jim AZ”




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.

Mike”

model railroad loop

model railroad lake

model railroad with lake

That’s all today folks.

But don’t forget time has nearly run out for my silly Christmas sale.

For just $9 you get the Beginner’s Guide and a load of free bonuses, like all of the backdrops files below:

And this free tunnel print:

(You may remember it from Mike’s fantastic ‘how to’).

But there’s not long left.

Please don’t miss out on this fab deal. Grab it here.

Thanks to Jim and Mike.

Keep ’em comin.

Best

Al

8 Responses to Jim’s latest railroad update

  1. Jonathan says:

    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. Happy New Year to everybody in all corners of this world. Wishing for PEACE and more model trains around this globe of ours. Jonathan

  2. SHELDON H. SCHUSLER says:

    SMOKE !
    Whats next? Looks great…. 👍
    Sheldon. Phoenix. USA

  3. colin says:

    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.

  4. David says:

    Thank You
    I enjoyed the train show vary much. Someday I’ll be working on my own layout.
    Up in New Hampshire.

  5. Nice work Michael! Simple with good detail. Great start to something larger? Once the bug bites – there is no cure! LOL
    Happy New Year Everybody!!!!!!

  6. Linda H says:

    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.
    Linda, PA

  7. Jim says:

    Hi, Linda. Thanks for your kind comments. It’s a GoPro cube strapped to the body of small ore car with Velcro.

    Jim AZ

  8. Jim McQuillen says:

    Great looking engines but… there’s no crew!! Do you have ghost “drivers”?

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