Model train crash – John’s

John’s been in touch with his model train crash – looks nasty!

“No one was reported injured a few folks in the motor court shaken up.

Milk and egg production was off for a few days did not seam to bother the rabbits.

Grandpa came from the outhouse at a quick step. Mom was unhappy about the dust on her fresh laundry

Motor court not motel trying for late forties early fifties. Someday I may list everything on this layout starting with over five hundred pine trees.

Not real big, takes up a nine by twelve room, four feet eight and one half inches off the floor.

You may like to check out the barb wire fence, the bright part is caused by reflection from the flash, posts are tooth picks, the wire is silver metallic thread.


model train crash

model train scenery

model train crash

model train crash

John’s post did make me smile – we’ve all had a fair share of ‘crashes’.

Whenever I see a train like that, it always makes me think of Malcom’s excellent post on derailments:

How to stop derailments.

And now a correction…

It’s not hard to see what Bill G has been doing since his last post, because it’s below.

But I wrongly called HO last time, it’s not, it’s N scale.

I have no idea why you HO chaps have gone so quiet. Had quite a run of N scales at the mo.

“Here are 3 more to follow after the last 4 days work.hope you like em.


n scale rock face

n scale cliff face

n scale model railroad train

That’s all this time folks.

Thanks to Bill and to John for sharing his model train crash. Great fun.

Please do keep ’em coming.

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.

13 Responses to Model train crash – John’s

  1. NJ Mark says:

    It’s all in the details. Thanks for sharing. Cheers! NJ Mark

  2. Jim Volmer Sr says:

    I guess the train wreck could be classified as a big OOOPPPPPS, but it does happen lol. Loved all of the detail on your layout. Trees do make the layout somehow come alive.
    Keep up the good work.

  3. Ron Schultz says:

    that size wreck needs a big investigation . Drug test of the crew. signal lights working and adhered to? . i know there had to be injuries as it fell over the top to bottom level . now the wrecker crews have their work cut out to clear both lines . and the shop will be busy repairing the damage to the cars . you may have to lease some other lines cars for a while to make up any shortage. good excuse to run other lines cars on your railroad . and an engine also maybe some wrecker pictures in the days to come .
    remember safety pays .

  4. Dan Hulitt says:

    John’s scenic layout reminded me of a camping trip to Williamsburg, Va. The campsite was close to all the things we wanted to visit, but no one told us about the Amtrak line that ran next to the campsites, about as close as in John’s depiction. During the eve, the ground started to rumble, and there was a lot of light, then all the power of the 1000’s of HP running by. By the time our visit was over, we all slept thru the night without issue, but that first night, WOW!

  5. Ramsey Arnold says:

    John, your detail is awesome to me! Thanks!
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  6. Ramsey Arnold says:

    Bill, Thanks for “n” reference✓ I’m planning on going “n” and gather all ideas I can. Roughly, what size is layout footprint? Ramsey – Montrose, CO – San Juan MTClub and Historical Society – WIP: semi prototype HO Grand Junction, CO to Montrose, CO – ’50 ish. Thanks, again, Bill !

  7. Ramsey Arnold says:

    Bill, one other Q. Is trestle to carry train or auto? Scratch built, I assume. Nice job. I, (wannabe civil engineer) would really like to do a trestle (and maybe truss bridge, of sorts). Returning to joy of the hobby, after 60 yr. “time out”. 👍

  8. Stephen D Gispanski says:

    It’s a beautiful day out at wwyz, the weather is in the high 80’s a perfect day to go to the beach. If you have one near you. Zap, zap, zap Bing Bing Bing, We have a special report in, the north bound train had been derailed, it had stopped both Southern bound. There were no injuries, estimate on cost is unknown at this time. Clean up and and rail damage control is estimate time will be 6 pm. All soutthern bound lines will have priority over northern bound lines. The estimated time will be at 12 pm noon today for any changes. This is wwyz and now for some great music by Grand Funk Railroad : Locomotion.

  9. James Mares says:

    For you who write the train wreck stories … don’t give up your day job!

  10. Your ‘crash’ reminded me of something in a train book of long ago where a broken bridge/crash site on the main (with mangled engine in the river) was bypassed by a very temporary siding while work crews and equipment dominated the crash site. Very interesting scene and only about 3′ long (HO) so it could be incorporated in most HO layouts. I will now put that scene on one of my mains. Thanks for the memories. dean

  11. David says:

    Love seeing trestle bridges on a US layout A train wreck off of one of those would be something. Hmm are these kits or made from maybe coffee stirrer or even matchsticks in n scale . Love to learn more how a it a curved one any pics of one

  12. John Birch says:

    Lovely scenes, John. I like them.

  13. Old Taz says:

    You’re all getting good are you telling Stories fantastic I love it keep it up have fun with it.
    The wreck and camping reminds me of when we move to Montana white dad rented a pop up trailer to go camping late at night looking for a place to camp we pulled off the road drove several miles and decided it was good set up camp . Just got to sleep And A train came by within 10′ of us The next morning we found that we were In between 2 wines .

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