Jim’s been in touch again (his last post is at the bottom of this one) – have a look at his latest video:
“Greetings, Al. I’m still weathering freight cars and putting together videos. But I thought I’d send this one along to your site.
It’s a train ride with a 4-4-0 Santa Fe and old time passenger cars operating from the “B & B” Depot excursion facilities. I changed windows in the passenger cars, weathered the trucks and wheels, added seats and passengers. Hope you all enjoy.
The very latest ebay cheat sheet is here.
And here’s the latest from Brian:
“Here is a collection of photos showing detailed scenes of my HOn3 layout along a 12 inch wide shelf around the walls in a 14ft by 10ft room.
I hope to have a video soon of trains running on the layout.
All the best for now.
A big thanks to Brian and Jim. All these years on and I still love seeing how your layouts develop and evolve. It’s wonderful to see.
That’s all this time folks – but don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide is here if you want to get going on your layout.
Beautiful work all around!. Jim, what kind of video camera did you use on the moving train? It was great. Cheers! NJ Mark
Thank’s for showing , Jim, superb lay out, reminded me of a trip we took on the Durango & Silverton Railroad some years ago on one of our USA trips.
Cheers! UK Paul
I enjoyed your video very much…..thank you
Your detail wok on each scene is incredible. I have rarely seen such realistic detail.
Excellent video of your well detailed layout Jim. Same question as above, what camera did you use on the moving train?
I loved the video. All those passengers and no one at the throttle. And how did the B&O car get close to the Santa Fe, they are many miles apart. I especially liked that you had an excellent camera to record your video. I too have an old Mantua 4-4-0, it wouldn’t run when I got it so it got the name of Sparky. It is my grandson’s favourite engine.
Brian – fabulous work!
Wonderful work, very, especially the canyon. I was impressive. will your details. I like many of the others is wondering what camera you used?
With all of you talent for detail, I assume that replacing those chunky crossing gates is at the top of you To Do List.
Fantastic work. I love it. Such detail and color schemes.
Awesome. I enjoyed the ride. Thanks. Keep up the great job and looking forward to seeing the completed project.
Enjoyed the ride. Fewer modelers are doing 1890-1910. Don’t like diesels…
Great thanks for all your gracious comments. The camera is GOPRO cube mounted on the deck of an ore car and an iPhone for normal video. Hope to eventually install electronic crossing gates etc. traffic lights and other various lighting. Again, your comments are greatly appreciated.
Beautiful job on your layout, very nice and attractive to look at. Good looking trees and ground cover.
Great video Jim! I love videos taken from the driver’s/train perspective. Thanks for sharing. Brian your layout looks impressive and I am looking forward to seeing a video of it in the near future. Cheers! Rossco South Australia
Very good video. enjoyed looking at the so precise detail. great seeing trains on tracks. the pictures where great .I liked the detail on the lumber yard. thanks for sharing.
Wow Like I was driving the train,,,great camera work,,,,really cool. Would like to know what the streets were made of . Great detail….love it!!!!! Farmer AL
Great work Jim!
Have you ever sent in a plan of your layout? What is the overall size?
Answers to some questions and comments. The B&O passenger and cabooses are from my layout from back East. The “owners “ of the B&B Depot got em real cheap, refurbished em and now use them for sleeping and dining rooms for guests. The streets are 1/4 inch black foam sheets, painted asphalt black and lined with a white paint pen. The layout is a modified dog bone with several sidings for the service areas, lumber yard and the excursion enterprise. The dimensions are approximately 4 feet wide and 14 feet long. The vertical rock walls are ceiling tile and the mountain is foam sheets all covered in hydro cal. Again, thanks for all your comments.
Great layout. Everything looks perfectly to scale. A Joy
Jim, I loved your video and train layout. Detail is outstanding. Look forward to seeing more.
Brian, great pictures and beautiful layout. I look forward to seeing your videos.
Just keep em coming. I love it. Great Ideas.
Wow! That’s a beautiful layout. Always liked narrow gauge anything. Only a foot deep!
Both layouts are inspirational. Photos and videos like these that Jim and Brian sent in helps me to push on with my project. Both well done.
I think the thing that impressed me most were the wood chips laying alongside the logs and tracks. Talk about super detailing! Congratulations
I have never seen such detail! Outstanding workmanship.
Your logging layout is fantastic!
most excellent. the bar is set very high
Much thanks for a great show. Video & layout are outstanding.
Cant get enough of your work. I cant the courage to replace the broken gears on my HO, Bachman, 3 truck Shay and I was curious how your Shays are running. Please make a video and keep your fan base happy.
Big Al- thanks
George, both my HOn3 Shays and Heislers (+/- 40 years old) are brass imports made by Westside Model company and run exceptionally well and all fitted with DCC with the bells, whistles and full sound.
I will get a video made with them running soon.
A friend here also had to replace the gears in his HO Bachman Shay and Climax and both now run very well.
Brian – the HOn3 guy in Knysna RSA 🇿🇦
Reply to Terry Millers comment.
A 12 inch wide shelf all around the 4 walls allows me to “super” detail my layout.
I am currently working on the lower shelf (double deck layout) which is 24 inches wide as a I have a lot more buildings and a harbour to put on there. (see previous posts of my lower shelf under construction)
Thank you for the comment.
Brian- the HOn3 guy in Knysna RSA 🇿🇦
Perfection once again.
Great video! You’re giving Dangerous Dave some real competition now — music track even! I always enjoy any photos or videos of your layout as it has such an authentic southwest US feel to it. Excursion train is a great way to justify running old steam on a modern diesel layout. I loved all the railfans on the sidewalk watching the excursion train. Keep up the good work and thanks for sharing!
I love all your HOn3 logging layout details. I’ve just been reading the new 640-page book “The Shay Locomotive: An Illustrated History” and there are tons of logging photos. The only thing I noticed is the real logging operations looked a lot messier than your layout. I’m sure there must have been a few prototype logging operations that valued neatness. 🙂
Great work! Thanks for sharing so I can have this fine way to start my day!
The attention to detail is absolutely amazing and to display all that on a 12 inch shelf around your garage is ingenious. Just shows the rest of us what can be done and thoroughly enjoyed. The video and editing was superb. Thanks so much for sharing, giving us all much inspiration.