Jim’s stunning cab ride video

Jim’s been back in touch with a stunning cab ride video.

In fact, I’d go so far as to say it’s one of the best ones I’ve seen.

You’ll remember Jim from some earlier posts, and seeing as his weathered freight cars feature in this video, here’s some of his earlier stuff.

“Greetings Alastair.

I’m continuing to add more realism to my layout and have been installing more electrical lighting. The latest are trackside signals. And hope to add more. These are NJ International and operate manually.

This update includes a cab ride GoPro video and an iPhone video and some stills. There are two consists highlighting several weathered freight cars.

Should you consider posting this video, please know for some reason, the YouTube video playback may not be very clear as it sometimes plays at 720p HD and sometimes at 320p. In any event, I hope you enjoy the visual and sound effects updates. And great thanks for providing this entertaining and informational site as I’ve seen so many wonderful and highly detailed layouts from so many talented modelers.

Best regards,

Jim AZ”



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“Good morning Alastair:

I love the information and ideas of your train world. I thought it might be helpful to some modelers to find inspiration out in the backcountry.

Recently I spent two days traveling with my cousin in Southeastern Nebraska. It is primarily Fran country. Rolling hills and mile after mile of farm country dotted with small towns. The smallest I saw was Pop. 75. Some in the low hundreds. The county seat had a mere 3,300 residents.

These small towns are full of old buildings that fit my 1950 and prior theme. Buildings from the late 1800’s in fact. My cousin was the head designer for the Lincoln, Nebraska Museum before he retired a few years ago. He is a local historian as well. I wanted to share a couple of ideas that the average scratch builder or beginner can do.

The first building is the “Roca Station” from a very small town Roca, Nebraska. It was restored and moved by the historical society. My cousin was the chief project manager for the station Reno and move. I changed the overall scale of the building to suit my layout. A little artistic license…

The second building is a small bank built in the 1800’s. I included a photo of the “foundation” I have created to simulate the original. It is a mattboard frame with talus rocks glued on. I simulate the mortar with drywall mud. After it dries, a Dremel and a small wire wheel sands off the surface to reveal the stones.

Again, a lot of the layouts are spectacular. Not all of us are wealthy enough to build them or even skilled enough to do the purist work. That is no criticism of those fortunate ones. Instead an encouragement to many of us who simply enjoy the hobby on a more manageable scale.

I am at the point now on my layout where only a small amount of ballast work left. I have started to wire up, and have multiple posts from your followers to help there since I am not that skilled at electrical. So at present buildings to fill the planned areas.

Cheers mate and a great day of modeling for all.

Mike
Clermont, Florida”

Old train station

old train station

old train station scratch build

train station scratch build

A huge thank you to Mike. And if I’m not mistaken, Mike also sent in these amazing scratch builds too.

Please do keep ’em coming. That’s all for today, folks – except for this call to arms:

I enjoy sitting on the couch as much as the next man, but there comes a time when you have to strike out: is today going to be your day? Is today going to be the day you take the plunge with the Beginner’s Guide?

Course, I’m biased, but why not join in on the fun? I know it’s a great spectator sport, but it’s even better when you roll your sleeves up and start tinkering.

And for me, that is the key: tinkering. Over the years I’ve noticed not one of you is in a screaming hurry, because where’s the fun in that?

It’s all about tinkering. Scratching your head over the numerous problems a layout presents, and enjoying the process as it unfolds. It really doesn’t matter how long it takes, it’s a wondeful way to pass the time.

Best

Al

26 Responses to Jim’s stunning cab ride video

  1. Nice to see trackside footage from the cab …Dave

  2. Robert Brady says:

    I was about to knock on the door til I realized it was a model lol nice.

    Al,Do you know why it won’t et me auto fill?,used to.

  3. Robert Brady says:

    Love the train ride and the layout and the landscape.Maybe work in a passenger train and station..Just say n.

  4. Paul Case says:

    Very nice camera work.Jim would it be possible for you to show us the camera mounted on the car? By the way Al do you have your own layout and if so could we see it?

  5. Now thats the way you run a railroad!!! Nice and slow so you can see everything . It was as close to riding the train as can be. Nice! And a really sweet layout I enjoyed that ride, made my morning. Well gotta go bush hog, fields are getting high. Farmer AL

  6. Chuck Bartunek says:

    Fantastic ride on the rails,thank you for sharing.

  7. Dan Dickens says:

    That video is amazing – the layout is so real – if not for the garage door – it would be hard to tell. Nice set up.

  8. paul vogel says:

    Jim…..I really like your workmanship and imagination. Great job on your layout. Thank you much for sharing. Paul Ohio USA

  9. TK Free says:

    That was Fantastic !!

  10. Larry Kettles says:

    Nice job of filming I don’t think it is called filming anymore. Those long freights look good. How about setting up a switching job on your layout. Totally enjoyed it. POTTS

  11. Loved this video. Made me feel as if I were riding along. So realistic and well done. I particularly liked the sounds. Was mot tinny and the engine whistle. So good. Well done Jim. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Thanks Jim.
    Nice video of a great layout. Would it be possible to get a schematic of the layout to see how you fit it into your garage.
    -Matt

  13. Marty says:

    Wow !! Jim, that was fantastic . I loved it. I you would have hanged a sheet with painting of the country side where we see the garage door, I would have thought we were in the cab of a real train. Great job.

  14. Norman Rosen says:

    Do they give Oscar’s or Emmy’s for videos like this? Definitely deserves consideration. Loved the fact that his garage door looks like mine!

  15. Robert Rolfe says:

    Jim, GREAT JOB, so real. One question,how do you keep the dust off with that garage door so close? NV Bob

  16. William says:

    Jim! Great video as usual!! What is the length and width of the layout?

  17. Great video! Great layout! Well done!

  18. Ron says:

    Nice video, Jim. My brother has an N-Scale layout that we have been trying to film as a cab view, but haven’t found a camera that keeps the near field in focus. What camera did you use for the cab view?

  19. Jim MacLean says:

    Words escape me. Totally awesome dude! Great video, scenery & snaps. What model & size is your GoPro? Jim from CB.

  20. peter a pearson says:

    loved your video

  21. Danny Marso says:

    Great video, where did you purchase the camera? Great looking layout,nice you
    Are able to use your garage,we can’t do that in New England,in the very cold Winter. Thanks for sharing.

  22. David Schaffner says:

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful award winning video. Love the toots and whistles of the train sounds and the slow moving train ( the way real trains travel) and the wonderous ride through the mountainous terrain that seemed so awesomely real….The only suggestion as that maybe to make it even better, build scenic wall with hinges on the garage side so you can drop it down to work on the layout….
    Love your layout. No caboose seems to fit the bill since real trains have no cabooses anymore…….

  23. Jim says:

    Great thanks for all your gracious and wonderful comments. Videos and photography were not the focus of building a model railroad layout but doing so during construction was actually quite helpful. It would allow me to visually see a more realistic and close up scene or area on the layout. So actually, the current videos were an after thought.
    To respond to some questions: for Jim from CB, the camera is a GoPro cube purchased from Best Buy, an electronics store. It’s mounted on an small ore car with the body removed.
    The layout is a dog bone and the dimensions are 44” wide at each end and 34” wide in the middle. So I can actually get in and out of my car even with two cars in the garage.
    For NV Bob, I minimize dust by hanging a canvas curtain from the garage door ceiling rail. It also helps if and when it rains. Ha!!! Not so much here in southern AZ.
    And with no ac in the garage, well not much goes on except early, early in the morning.
    Again, I truly appreciate all your thoughts and comments and look forward to seeing your layouts, modeling skills and learning some of your ideas and techniques for this unique and wonderful hobby.
    Jim AZ

  24. Rex Lehman says:

    WOW, thanks, what a setup, spectacular work!Rex

  25. Ralph berry says:

    Great way to present your layout. Great sound.

  26. Clay Short says:

    Outstanding layout!

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