Jim’s model railroad town scene

“Greetings, Al.

It’s getting hot here in the Southwest so working on my layout in my non air conditioned garage is limited to the early AM.

As with any model railroad, there is always something that could be at should be done.

At this point with mine, it’s just the little things.

But for now I thought I’d send some pics of the B&B Depot/Excursion enterprise.

Jim AZ”

(If you missed Jim’s last post, it’s here.)

And Dangerous Dave has been in touch again. I thought he’d forgotten all about us, but for some reasons his emails had started landing in my spam filter. It’s fixed now so here you go:

“Hi Al , here is one which does answer a lot of questions on size and how I reach areas.



Latest ebay cheat sheet is here (still updated everyday).

That’s all this time folks. A big thanks to Jim and Dave.

And don’t forget it’s nearly the last day to bag the bundle offer on some of the printable buildingsif you missed that post it’s here.

Please do keep ’em coming!



PS Beginner’s Guide is here.

33 Responses to Jim’s model railroad town scene

  1. James says:

    Beautifully filmed, Dave. The best video I have seen, with very handy commentary, esp. for those with impaired hearing.
    Your layout is a real credit to you. Marvellous ! Leaving about 3 inches each side of the centre well would probably have solve your space problem.
    Thanks so much for presenting it.

  2. Jerry Hardwich says:

    Jim has done a fantastic job. I especially like the roads. What did he use to make them look so realistic?

  3. christine says:

    I just love all the work you guys put into your layouts.

  4. Peter Bayley-Bligh says:

    I’ve looked at Dave’s videos for some time now and, at last, have seen ‘the man’.
    Great, cheers, Peter BB

  5. NJ Mark says:

    Great scenery, Jim. Lots of attention to detail. Thanks for another video of your layout, Dave. You’ve both inspired me to get back down to my dungeon and do some more work on my layout….after I mow the lawn, of course. Cheers! NJ Mark

  6. paul kay says:

    what kind of paper stock do use to put paper cut outs on

  7. Cary B says:

    Al, Thank you for sharing Jim and Dave’s posts. Always a pleasure to watch.

    Cary B

  8. Chet Karlewicz says:

    Beautiful job!

  9. Bruce says:

    Jim, what a great layout. Can you post a couple of pics to show the whole layout?
    You should perhaps simply install insulated garage door and install a window AC unit. Appears wall to house is brick. Maybe other walls, if not insulated, are oriented east, if you are fortunate. Thanks again for posting an envious layout.

  10. Ken Shores says:

    I look forward to your posts and enjoy them a great deal. You are doing a great deal toward model railroading. Thank you very much

  11. john says:


    I especially like the way you did the rock work. It’s deep and rich and even from the photos has a warmth.

    Al, thanks for posting

  12. Bill says:

    For Jim’s layout.. What type ballast do you have? It looks like gray cat litter.

  13. Don Scharenbroch says:

    I had asked Dave several questions which he answered in his video. I am sure other viewers had the same questions answered. They were basically, “how do you reach several areas on his layout?” Dave did a great job explaining my questions.

  14. mike lane says:

    I have watched Dave videos for the last 2 years and have found his passion and down to earth advice excellent and use his tips when working on my layout..keep them coming dave I learn something different everytime ..many thanks
    Mike lane

  15. Rod Mackay says:

    How lovely to see you for a change, Dave, nice to put a face to so much inspiring work. All the best with the arthritis, I’m told grass is very helpful but no matter how often I mow ours it never seems to ease the aches and pains.

  16. Skip L. says:

    Thanks Dave. Great layout, and you keep it up real nice; no dust anywhere (that I could see anyway? ;>}). Excellent landscaping and structures IMO, and the length of it makes for nice long runs of longer trains…
    As for myself, I wouldn’t be concerned re the center space although I’m not much smaller in girth than you are; it’s the ‘duck under’ that would get me with my *&%#$ arthritic knees!
    I also enjoyed the waving ginger-bread man. -Is he a boarder, does he pay rent? Or maybe he’s the one who keeps your layout so polished and clean looking…?

  17. Ken Stramel says:

    Excellent work. Keep it up.

  18. Paul Selwyn Otway says:

    Nice work guys!

  19. Billy Mills says:

    It would be great if individuals would say what scale they are working with.

  20. KERRY HELTON says:

    Love the detale that has gone into your scenery

  21. Jim Sulkosky says:

    Looks Great keep up the great work.

  22. darrel says:

    May I start by echoing the sentiments of a number of responders and say its great to see the man we know and love 😊, Dave, do you realise they just one complete lap of your track must be knocking on a hundred feet😊 (give or take). I see these wonderful tracks and think of the years collecting and the love of the hobby, (getting up at stupid o clock, to travel to a fair, miles away).
    Jim, I have watched this grow and trés bon, sir, it looks quite real, but please don’t take offence, when I say (and to be fair you’ve probably got it covered (on the to do list that never shrinks)) the yellow hotel/booking hall type building behind the loco shed looks brand spanking new, (it is a work in progress, (they always are) I understand that) sorry its just me😊, no offence

  23. rossjohnston54@hotmail.com says:

    Thanks Dave for another great video. I have just finished constructing and installing my superstructure for my layout which is in a 20 x 18 shed. Luckily and from previous experience with a school layout I have ample room to wander around the layout. Also thanks Jim for your photos. Great work!!! Cheers Rossco, Adelaide South australia

  24. Jerry Hardwich says:

    Jim has done a fantastic job. I especially like the roads. What did he use to make them look so realistic?

  25. Thanks Dave for all your inspiring work and for sharing it with us. A question I would like to ask of you is: How do you manage to keep your tracks so clean so as to avoid troubled running? And on a personal note, how many years young are you?

  26. Rick Hane says:

    Dave, Great as usual. I watch these on your youtube page but had to watch it again.

    Jim, Great work, wonderful the rock work. I will echo some of the other comments made here, what do you use for the roads / parking lot.

  27. Dale says:

    Jim doesn’t the high heat effect the plastic and cause problems with the rail?

  28. In answer to Norman Backman …I use the CMX track cleaner with Go Gonne and of course the Peco rubber …as gor age ..I am 78 in one weeks time Dangerous Dave

  29. Rob Schweitzer says:

    Super glad to see a video from Dave, I sure did miss them. Also glad it was just an email glitch that kept them from us. I thought perhaps Dave had gone to Chelsea for the flower show and decided to become the next Monty Don!

    Rob Schweitzer
    Saint Goar and Murren Scenic Railway
    Ann Arbor, Michigan USA

  30. Marklin ed says:

    Great to see Dave and Jim I like the railroads old car on the siding.

  31. Anton Bruce says:

    Jim, you’ve done a FABULOUS job with the scenery!! What a talent!!! Thank you for sharing your skills with the rest of us…

  32. Will in NM says:

    Jim: Nice set of photos. Sorry to hear you have to struggle with the Arizona heat. I grew up in Phoenix, so I know how hot it gets there. Now I live in New Mexico which can sometimes be almost as hot. But, at 4500 ft elevation, our summers are generally cooler than Phoenix and my garage faces east, so it stays a bit cooler in summer. Also, plenty of insulation in the attic and on the garage door helps a bit.

    Dave: So glad to see you’re back on the site in top form. It’s hard to believe your layout is just a little over 200 sq ft. It definitely looks a lot bigger than 7 x 30 feet. Thanks for sharing again.

  33. Erick says:

    Awesome job.!!!!!!!!

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