BNSF model railroad layout

Jim’s been back in touch with his BNSF model railroad layout:

“Greetings Al.

To you and all those who share and contribute to your site. May your rails be true and your trains run too 🚂

I’ve been busy detailing and weathering rolling stock. I really don’t like changing all that super fine into “proto” looking rail cars. But that’s what modeling a railroad is all about.

I also recently purchased two BNSF Athearn Genesis ES44DC’s with Soundtraxx Tsunami 2 sound decoders. I changed some CV’s for functions and sound effects. A lot of trial and error but finally tweaked them.

I put together a video trying to highlight some of the functions and operational effects with these engines. Hope you enjoy

Jim AZ”

bnsf model railroad layout

bnsf model railroad layout freight

bnsf model railroad layout freight

By the way, Jim’s last post is here.

“All some very simple images.

The partial American flag image was from the American Flag Company that was destroyed when a pipe burst right over the layout.

I scratch built the depot station building as well as the loading dock. The cars and barrels have been rusted out.



model train platform

model train curve

model train station

model railroad carpark


A big thanks to Dave, Geroge and to Jim for sharing his BNSF model railroad layout update.

Geroge’s post made me think just how many emails I get from folk who have lost their layouts to floods. Still – least this one was just a minor drip. And the wooden shak reminded me of this one.

That’s all for today folks.

Please do keep ’em coming though – I can’t tell you how quiet it’s getting this end, and I enjoy the posts as much as you.

And if today is the day you get started on your layout, the Beginner’s Guide is here.



PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

PPS More HO scale train layouts here if that’s your thing.

25 Responses to BNSF model railroad layout

  1. Rich B. says:

    Yes, tri-rail track does exist in real life.

  2. Gerard Fusco says:

    What scale are the buildings?? As I am running Z gauge..

  3. Peter Waring says:

    Hi Al,
    Thanks for a great edition today, really enjoyed the 3 separate aspects of railway modelling submitted. Loved the detail and the operation. Dave’s drama goes from strength to strength, I’m expecting a loco in the canal soon! Loved the build up of the consist (much prefer “double header”) on the BNSF railroad. The detail in the American Flag Co is stunning. Great thanks!!

  4. Brian L Staples says:

    Good show. Well done Dave. Will tune in next time.

  5. Robert Brady says:

    Dave you never seize to amaze me ! You could do a morning show for kids of all ages on your local TV programming network Just WOW !

  6. Marklin Ed says:

    Well Dave you’ve done it again. Do you know that there is a system for moving vehicles on roads by “Faller” a Germany company. Great system.
    Thanks again Dave

  7. Dennis. Cork says:

    Cool move Dave hope no one got hert to bad trains art to bad Dave ,good show 😱😱🤔🇦🇺🇬🇧🙈😄

  8. Ron Nelson says:

    Dave I have really enjoyed your video’s keep them coming.
    Ron from sunny & cold Florida

  9. joe says:

    Nice job on that layout and video. I love seeing the small layouts.

  10. Ian McDonald says:

    great photos and videos thanks for sharing. I always get some great tips from everything on this site.

  11. Tim Morlok says:

    Jim, nice weathering on the white tank car. It looks very realistic. One operational comment: Normally two units would be coupled together in the service area, tested and then tied on to the train as a set. Tim

  12. Jim says:

    Thanks,Tim. Appreciate that info.

    Jim AZ

  13. Mike says:

    Hi Al, I enjoy all your posts and videos, I was wondering where you got those Lafarge cement tanker cars, I worked for them back in the states. Thanks

  14. dangerous dave says:

    Thanks all for comments , yes the faller system is good , just not got the room now to install it , the Lafarge tankers I bought from Hattons of Liverpool …Dangerous Dave

  15. Alabama Mike says:

    Jim, I like your new engines and your layout looks great. I enjoyed the video.

  16. Alabama Mike says:

    George, you did a super job scratch building the depot and loading dock. I am so sorry the pipe burst over your layout. I have that fear for my layout as I have water pipes over part of my layout in the basement. Keep up the great work.

  17. Don says:

    My goodness, what’s next? Is there anything more? Maybe you could have your road vehicles moving along the roads! How about some aircraft flying overhead? You have a great setup! I’m wondering how much you have invested in your project?

  18. James Harris says:


    Which GoPro camera do you use?

  19. Gary M from Long Island says:

    Dave, Geroge and Jim…….GREAT VIDEOS AND PICTURES…..

  20. Robert Burke says:

    Thanks Al for a great site.
    NZ Bob – New Zealand.

  21. Mark T. Pianka says:

    Great pictures George nice to see those 3 rails and great scenery!! Join OGR Forum think you will enjoy!

  22. Will in NM says:

    Dave & Jim,
    Great videos! I especially enjoy Jim’s modern BNSF layout. It reminds me of so many western US towns I’ve traveled through. The train tracks opposite the town’s main street are very typical since the railroad was often the reason for the town to exist when the West was first settled. The only shortcoming of Jim’s layout is the short mainline. It would be nice to see though ES44 diesels be able to crank up to speed in the open desert like the ones that run by my house daily. Also, Jim, where did you get that great backdrop? It really completes the illusion of being there at trackside!

  23. Erick says:

    Wow that is some awesome workmanship. I hope mine comes out that good

  24. Brian Olson says:

    This video guy appreciates your perspective views of your trains and layout. Well done.

  25. Laurence Thompson says:

    Hi Jim Az, great video and layout. Very impressive set up, I have ordered a shed 12’ x 8’ specifically to house a North American h0 layout. My question is what size is your layout? I love the fact that you seem to have fitted a lot into the space available. Many thanks for your video and showing us what can be achieved.

    Also thank you Al for your continued support and dedication to our hobby. It is most appreciated.

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