Jim’s latest video update

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.

Jim AZ”

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.



28 Responses to Jim’s latest video update

  1. NJ Mark says:

    Beautiful work all around!. Jim, what kind of video camera did you use on the moving train? It was great. Cheers! NJ Mark

  2. Paul Harris says:

    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

  3. neil burden says:

    I enjoyed your video very much…..thank you

  4. Richard Scott says:

    Your detail wok on each scene is incredible. I have rarely seen such realistic detail.

  5. Brian Messenger says:

    Excellent video of your well detailed layout Jim. Same question as above, what camera did you use on the moving train?

  6. Bob Bouskill says:

    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.

  7. Appookta says:

    Brian – fabulous work!

  8. Dale Popula says:

    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.

  9. Fantastic work. I love it. Such detail and color schemes.

  10. Kenneth W. Hall Jr says:

    Awesome. I enjoyed the ride. Thanks. Keep up the great job and looking forward to seeing the completed project.

  11. Enjoyed the ride. Fewer modelers are doing 1890-1910. Don’t like diesels…

  12. Jim says:

    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.

  13. Mickael Macht says:

    Beautiful job on your layout, very nice and attractive to look at. Good looking trees and ground cover.

  14. Ross Johnston says:

    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

  15. Ian McDonald says:

    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.

  16. Allen Montville says:

    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

  17. Will says:

    Great work Jim!
    Have you ever sent in a plan of your layout? What is the overall size?

  18. Jim says:

    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.
    Jim AZ

  19. colin Gilburt says:

    Great layout. Everything looks perfectly to scale. A Joy

  20. Alabama Mike says:

    Jim, I loved your video and train layout. Detail is outstanding. Look forward to seeing more.

  21. Alabama Mike says:

    Brian, great pictures and beautiful layout. I look forward to seeing your videos.

  22. Rocco Maley says:

    Just keep em coming. I love it. Great Ideas.

  23. Wow! That’s a beautiful layout. Always liked narrow gauge anything. Only a foot deep!

  24. Richard H Chapple Sr says:

    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.

  25. Terry Miller says:

    I think the thing that impressed me most were the wood chips laying alongside the logs and tracks. Talk about super detailing! Congratulations

    Terry Idaho/USA

  26. Dewey Reinhard says:

    I have never seen such detail! Outstanding workmanship.

  27. Ben Wright says:

    Your logging layout is fantastic!

  28. kevin says:

    most excellent. the bar is set very high

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