Model railroad show layout

Bill’s been back in touch with his model railroad show layout:

“Hi Al,

I have all major work wrapped up on my show layout at this point in time. Layouts are never finished and I have a lot of little details to add in yet but all moor items are in place.

The walk thru video Ive attached shows lessons learned and things I like as well as showing trains just running.

More model railroading adventures await as I enjoy these and get started on the next .

Thanks for all you do!

Bill in Virginia”

model railroad show layout

model railroad corner curve

model railroad corner curve

model railroad show layout logging camp

model railroad show layout loco freight

model railroad river

model railroad show layout rock face

On30 stream loco

On30 cabin scene

On30 steam loco

On30 service area

logging camp train

On30 scale layout

model train tunnel freight

On30 steam loco

crane car logging camp

logging camp shunting

A huge big thanks to Hall of Fame member Bill fo sharing his model railroad show layout.

What an amazing layout – and a great video too. I do love all the scenes he has built, especially the hobo camp.

In fact, it’s hard to find an open area on his layout where there isn’t something going on, which makes it a joy to look at.

If you missed his last post, it’s right here: On30 model railroad.

That’s all for today folks.

Please do keep ’em coming.

And if today is the day you stop dreaming and start doing, the Beginner’s Guide is here.



PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

16 Responses to Model railroad show layout

  1. Brian Rockey says:

    What can I say Bill – spectacular! That is some of the best country scenery that I have seen in a long time. Brilliant!!
    Best to all.
    Brian, Wokingham, UK

  2. Stephen White says:

    Bill, fantastic layout. TWO suggestions. 1. Where you have the cabin, the police car and the track to a still……How about a sign pointing down the track, “Copperhead Rd” ??? 2. I was alarmed at trains moving around the bend where you wanted an extra ft. Surely you can use brackets and suspend a 6 inch addition, just in case a train decides to wobble off the edge…….OUCH !
    Steve White (Sydney)

  3. Stephen Hill says:

    Absolutely stunning layout , one can see why you sir are a hall of fame modeler . That is a very impressive display indeed . Great video , very informative and just plain fun . Thank you , it’s an inspiration to us novices

  4. Brian Olson says:

    Nice video overview!

  5. Denny Mckernan says:

    That work is absolutely stunning. Thank you to Alistair for being the catalyst for doing this. Love seeing perfection

  6. JOHN BULLOCK says:

    Bill, this is an amazing portable layout! Your scenic touches all around the layout tell a many fantastic stories. Lovely to hear your passionate commentary… and watch those running trains!

  7. george zaky says:

    Bravo! Welcome Back to you sir and and a heart felt thank you for this amazing contribution to the cause.
    You and work have been a major inspiration to me and my ON30 & S scale is slowly being created by wiggly old hands. I will never forget seeing the bare baseboard and totally in awe that you figured that out. As you were completing the layout I knew it’d be the best and sure enough it showed your genius and your artistic talents. Standing ovation!
    We both suffer from restrictive garage space but you, as a true Hall of Famer, need to develop a large layout of the century.
    Be well & safe
    Big Al
    Wow! There is simply nothing more worthwhile than messing around with trains.

  8. Scott Johnson says:

    Thanks for taking the time to demonstrate your incredible modeling skills-I have been using your video tutorials on my O gauge 3 rail layout and it’s really coming together. This show layout must be a big hit with kids and grown ups alike-so much to look at and admire! I couldn’t help but notice the ND lockers in your garage as well. Go Irish!
    Scott (class of ‘86)

  9. Dennis says:

    Very nice .. just the inspiration I needed to finish my layout!

  10. Dr. Jon says:

    One of the finest layouts I have seen. Job well done Bill from Virginia.. You are a talented guy!

  11. Richard H Chapple Sr says:

    Always a pleasure to listen to Bill and see his wonderful masterful work. Just so good!!!!! Thank you Bill for sharing your efforts on Al’s site.
    Dick Chapple Sr Hardin Mt USA

  12. robert dale tiemann says:

    i really like the logging trains. very nice job.

  13. Gary M from Long Island says:

    Bill……..beautiful…….but how do you get that layout to the show or are you building it in the show room????

  14. JoeS-inME says:

    Bill, a nosey question — do you sell these layouts after a show or dismantle them and use the scenery components, people, and vehicles for the next layout?
    Fabulous work on every layout you have shared.

    Al, thanks for hosting this site which allows us to view and learn from so many other modelers.

  15. Bill in Virginia says:

    Hi all and thank you for the comments! I really appreciate it. This was a fun build and I’m still working on detailing.

    This was built in my garage and it comes apart I go three portable sections so I can get it into s truck or trailer gif shows. So far it’s only gone to one show but more will come.

    No need to add a shelf to catch s falling train lol. Not yo say it couldn’t happen but I invested a lot of time to mskd the tracks solid so derailing doesn’t happen.

    I have thought about selling at some point but I’m close to retirement and I will enjoy taking this layout yo shows for years to come I think.

  16. william j plmer says:


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