Model railroad toilet

I have aother blast from the past today:

Do you remember – how can we forget – the fantastic railroad Duncan made on a construction hat?

Well, if you have, jog your memory here.

And then marvel at Duncan’s latest creation.

Genius. Just genius.

“Hi Al, here is another model made from scrap bits & pieces, Little Flushing, between Andrex Junction & Harpic Falls.

It would look better on a wooden seat but I stuck to the scrap I had. There is a fish on the end of the fisherman’s line under the “water”.

The water is several sheets of old acetate A4 projector film glued together and the shark and sunken ship are placed underneath.

The loco is an old runner, and the coach made from some scrap attempts at scratch building. I enjoy your emails, very useful. D/”

A normal service next time -promise – I have some wonderful tips and a just brilliant ‘how to’.

Have a look how the ‘ebay cheat sheet‘ has changed too.



PS Please do leave a comment below and let us know what you thought of ‘Little Flushing’.

82 Responses to Model railroad toilet

  1. Newton says:

    Brilliant. As I sit here in Melbourne’s airport I am being watched by people wondering what is so funny. Thanks for the laughs and I look forward to the next.

  2. dave says:

    Bring a hole new meaning for ..Going to the Loo ..!!well done.

  3. John Tipper says:

    Brilliant; gave us the best laugh of the week. How’s Duncan going to top this masterpiece?!

  4. a. knight says:

    Absolutley brilliant, fantastic detail and so innotive.

  5. Marc says:

    Here’s one railway where you are always guaranteed a seat!!! Great idea!

  6. Anthony says:

    Ha Ha . What a good excuse for leaving the Seat Up.

  7. GAVIN says:

    how do you get that water effect ?? im guessing its not real, lol.

  8. John says:

    A brilliant man with a wicked sense of humor!!!

  9. A.S. Walia (India) says:

    Wow! What a great laughter innovation. Never thought, a loo seat can be made so beautiful. great.

  10. Boston Tommy says:

    Is this what’s meant bya “bog-standard layout”?

  11. Tom says:

    Hi Al,
    Thanks for the laugh Duncan and Al It felt good!
    Because of Duncan … there is a whole new meaning to just hanging out in the bathroom.

    Whats next Dncan. I can’t wait!
    Thanx for sharing!!!

  12. paul g says:

    in my opinion, Duncan’s post is nothing more than a bowl full of crap!

  13. Joe says:

    Pure genius, it just goes to show where a good imagination leads to!

  14. Brian says:

    Brilliant………….very clever

  15. Seamore Butts says:

    Wow, you have turned a craper into a claper. Well done, I love it…

  16. Don says:

    Awsome imagination. The shark folowing the kayak has been in the news here in Massachusetts. Was this a coincidence or did you take it from the news broadcast? I bet Duncan was the life of the party at gatherings.

  17. Andrew says:

    Absolutely brilliant! Where do you get the ideas from?

  18. Sheila says:

    Great imagination!

  19. Must be the potty TRAINing Duncan got sitting it out, never mind the imagination the work is brilliant !!!

  20. Br john says:

    Very clever. Hope nobody flushes.

  21. Duncan Pohl says:

    What a riot! What can I say, us Duncan’s are genius’ lol

  22. D.B. Lewis says:

    This is WAY to cool for a mere mortal to conceive on his own! This must have been inspired by the Model Train gods after consulting with Andy Warhol! DO MORE MORE MORE MORE lol

  23. Thomad Meleck says:

    Who says Model Railroading is going in the toilet?

  24. Steve says:

    Interesting. Where’s the hidden reverse loop? The first three pictures the train is going counter-clockwise, then next three are clockwise and finally the last two are again counter-clockwise. And based on the time stamp it takes less than a minute to reverse the train, based on pictures 3 and 4 or 6 and 7. Very cleaver

  25. Wow !!!!! First a hat, then a toilet seat. At the very least, he has both ends covered. Finally, someone in this world with a more twisted sense of humor than mine. I love, love, love it. I think I’ll try to make a layout in my wife’s old bra. I won’t have to make any mountains. Keep the ideas coming

  26. John says:

    Now that is a true modle rail roader to think of this just hope no one in the train club has to use the rest room.

  27. George Moore says:

    This just makes this day so much brighter.

  28. Derek Fellows says:

    Brilliant!!! Good potty TRAINer…..

  29. Now he needs to do a railroad around a bathtub. That would be real interesting.
    I am working on a railroad on the second floor of a warehouse I own. It will have floor-to-ceiling mountains, where the mountains go. The bench work is in, and now we are laying the sub-roadbed, and attaching the metal screen wire for the scenery.
    More when I get to a point where I can send photos.

  30. Thomas says:

    Get that bathtub going too! Neat Job.

  31. TOM says:


  32. Tom Oliver says:

    There’s no end to one’s imagination if let go! Great job Duncan! Keep ’em coming!

  33. paul Otway says:

    halle looyah! Joke

    Nice project. I can’t wait to see the next one.

  34. Don Davis says:

    You have a great imagination, really enjoyded it.

  35. John Parkin says:

    I think it is absolutely fabulous

  36. It just goes to show anyone who wants a layout, but say’s they don’t have enough space to build one, that that’s just an excuse and if you really want a layout you’ll find the space required. So Duncan has expelled that mith once and for all, thanks Duncan.

  37. Michael Glass says:

    I Love It😆👍

  38. Jim Richards says:

    Very funny and very clever!!!!

  39. Joe Howe says:

    This rail service is aHEAD of all the others!

  40. Norman Roy says:

    Great sense of humor. I love it…!

  41. I used to drive trains through Water loo in London but it was never like this.
    Very, very clever Duncan.

    Mac …

  42. Edward Hortsch says:

    I would never have thought of anything like that! Well done!

  43. Donald Lango says:

    puts a new meaning on a crappy layout , HA HA very funny

  44. Thomas Jones says:

    Talk about giving”going to the toilet a whole new look. ” Thank You for the laugh. T.J.

  45. Skip Kerr says:

    Well, if this dosen’t take all. Outstanding lay out! Keep up the great ideas…

  46. Larry Cowden says:

    That one is priceless! Good humor like that never goes out of style!

  47. Cary B says:

    I love it, brilliant idea.

    Cary B

  48. Martin says:

    FLUSHED with the success of this, what is his next one going to be I wonder?

  49. Ron Schultz says:

    nice, but you have me wondering how the train got turned . I din’t see the wye . One picture its going clock wise and other its counter clock wise . I under stand a train like going from station A to B then back again its going the opposite direction . well with a model RR on the “seat” of the action any thing is possible . Merry Christmas to all .

  50. David says:

    Love it, what next?

  51. Raymond Appenzeller says:

    Awesome imagination and creativity. I bet you could go into business and sell a few of these. This was really creative and enjoyed seeing it.

  52. David R. McClelland says:

    Very clever!! At least this is one Railway that isn’t going down the DRAIN!

    Conductor Dave.

  53. Excellent and so creative…….

  54. Absolutly most creative RR I have seen in some time!
    Nice job,

  55. David A. Massimi says:

    Yet another very clear statement that the whole point of model railroading is to have FUN !
    Thanks much for sharing with the rest of us!
    Dave, in New York

  56. Gene says:

    interesting concept Duncan. The comment by the railroader building mountains to the ceiling in a wearhouse , caught my eye. I am doing something similar on a smaller layout. I was inspired by the mountainous senes at the Balboa park museum in Sandiago California when I was there some 10 years ago. They had mountains some 20 feet tall, spanning an area is about 400 square feet (20′ X 20′) ; but sadly, it seems they have remodeled and the mountains are much smaller now. I’m looking forward to seeing photos of your project as it progresses. …. Gene


    Quite the imagination to have come with this idea. Well done.

  58. Ed says:

    Great imagination. Suggestions for your next project; how about a bedpan, or a mixing bowl, or an old hibachi grill??

  59. Harvey Kahler says:

    I am flushed with wonder.

  60. Tony Honeyman says:

    Thomas Crapper and Sir John Harrington, would definitely say this was a “Plan Plots of a Privy of Perfection.”

  61. Hugh says:

    Flush to activate ‘sink hole’.

  62. andrew says:

    just fantastic, what a lot of fun, one of kind , simply smiling when looked at. bravo !

  63. Jim Pickup says:

    Duncan ole boy, you sure have a weird sense of humor. Keep up the good work and send us some more….
    Jim P in Florida USA

  64. John Schaeffer says:

    That’s just not right !

  65. GT Mills says:

    The Toilet RR is great! I will share this with my Facebook readers.
    It will interest you and your readers to know that there is a real place on the map called Flushing, in Michigan. It is a small town that is pretty much considered now-a-days to be a suburb of Flint, Michigan. Now, Flint & Pere Marquette RR is a very famous railroad for many reasons.
    First, it owned well over 100 miles of track from Sarnia and Windsor to Thomas, Ontario and leased track rights beyond. It passed into Michigan at Port Huron and Detroit by means of two river ferry crossings, one at each pair of cities, and later a tunnel between Sarnia and Port Huron. Flint, Michigan was the main yard for the road. The western-most terminal was Pere Marquette (named after a priest and later changed name to Ludington), a Lake Michigan port city.
    From Pere Marquette the F&PM operated three ferries crossings to three ports in Wisconsin on the far side of Lake Michigan. Any one of these was the longest railroad ferry service in the world. The boats built and used by F&PM were really something, and the newer ones remain in service to this day ferrying autos and passengers.
    The Flint & Pere Marquette was renamed the Pere Marquette after a re-organization at the turn of the century and operated under that name until the railroad was purchase by the C&O in the late 1950’s, with locos and rolling stock remaining lettered as PM until all debts were completely paid off much later for the acquisition by the C&O, so that right up until the final days of steam in Michigan there were grand steam beasts operating under that proud banner.
    One such engine was No. 1225, a 2-8-4 Berkshire built by the Lima Locomotive works (builders of the infamous Shays, designed for and originally used by a Michigan logging company, and the mighty 2-6-6-6 Allegheny class sold to C&O and the Virginian RRs). Everyone in the world knows this engine, since it was used to film the Polar Express. The engine is still in use in Michigan today and tickets are available not just for rides in cars behind it, but also for rides in the cab – and, get this, you can purchase a ticket to DRIVE it!!! for an hour at a time.
    1225 was scheduled to be scrapped to be turned into Detroit iron for automobiles, but sometime around Christmas that year as it sat in the yard waiting its turn to be cut up, a nostalgic yard worker sidelined her majesty and petitioned to have her saved – all just because her number was that of Christmas Day, and he was overcome by a heart-felt tug to do something to preserve this iron horse.
    The successful saving of this magnificent beauty inspired a Michigan author to pen the story and movie “Polar Express”, as he had come to love this giant in his boyhood youth.
    Now the PMRR ran through Flushing, Michigan and there is another railroad book written by a citizen of that town, called “The Situation in Flushing” (just checked, it is available on Amazon). It is a story about a railroad snowplow that got stuck, and was then rammed by another train from behind, causing a huge wreck. My mom gave me a hardback copy when I was a kid, as I had a love of all things trains and an HO Layout of my own building at the time.
    You see, I grew up in Northville, Michigan, about 90 minutes drive or so from Flint and Flushing, and for a time the former F&PM mainline from Plymouth to Flint, now the C&O, ran along the lumber yard next our house and from my back yard I watched as the last of the PM 2-8-0’s steamed or were pulled north to their graves in the summer of 1959.
    And now you know…the REST of the story.
    Last February 2018 I was straightening out our storage room and opened up a box with train stuff in it which I hadn’t seen in many years. One item was a Rivarossi N&W 2-8-8-2 Y6b “Chesapeake” class locomotive I had purchased when I was 11 years old – with money I had earned doing yard chores around the neighborhood – for $43.00. The tender was missing and the pilot was broken off the frame, but the rest of the locomotive was intact.
    Nostalgia hit and I searched Ebay for a tender, discovering a whole new world of model railroading equipment unknownst to me before available there – including a very rare, low-flange, Silver Edition Rivarossi N&W 2-8-8-2 in mint condition which I won at auction for just $120.00.
    I had not purchased anything HO since I was 13, some 41 years prior. My intention was to put it on display in my office to appreciate as I worked from my desk. This meant I needed a stick of track set it upon.
    If you give a mouse a cookie, he’ll need a glass of milk…
    In the year that has passed since, I have acquired dozens of steam locos, pretty much a “who’s who” of all the great American articulated monsters of rock, as well as the Pere Marquette typicals, and – going to the other extreme – the smallest gas/diesels I can find…
    And buildings, etc. And enough trackage to build a 9′ x 19′ railroad empire in our storage room which I have designed using Anyrail.
    It is a modular layout, as we will be moving in a couple of years (as soon as my wife finishes up her pharma chem PhD here at University of Southern Carolina, in Columbia, SC). So I started with the roundhouse module – since I need a home for my locos 🙂 first and foremost. The table top is 3/4″ plywood with a Walthers 130′ powered turntable, serving a 7-stall, kit-bashed, Heljan roundhouse based on photos of the Pere Marquette roundhouse in Plymouth, Michigan, about 5 miles from where I grew up in Northville (which got its name because it was north of Plymouth, which was settled first in the early 1800’s), as well as other C&O roundhouses in the eastern USA.
    I just did some more ballasting last night, it’s coming along nicely.
    GT Mills

  66. David Friar says:

    “Train of Thrones”

  67. Steve Ruple says:

    Awesome, love it !!!!

  68. Jack Benjamin says:

    Brilliant. Love this that’s what I call repurposing and reusing assets

  69. Walter Dustmann says:

    I laughed so hard that I think I broke something inside. Still laughing as I type this. Well done!

  70. That was the best, just what we all need LOL’ s to make are day go better for each of us. Just loved it can’t what to see your next one..

  71. Mark StJohn says:


  72. Bob says:

    Great layout enjoyed it

  73. Andrew in Johannesburg says:

    By the way, What kind of LOO-CO is that!!

  74. Donald Osborne says:

    Great imagination. Just don’t flush it.

  75. Mr.Moore says:

    Ha! ha! You got to love it.
    Nothing like keeping it moving.
    Ha! ha!.. Made my day.

  76. Matthew Johnson says:

    Would have been an interesting twist to see what the shark would have done if the scene were in ‘flush mode!

  77. Steve Sherar says:

    This has nothing to do with the toilet train . It’s a ballast applyer, a French’s mustard plastic bottle. I am useing what’s called “play” sand, and I sift it through a screen colander large mesh, for away from track, and fine for in-between ties and track. Ps the sand is $ 4.50 for a 50 lbs bag. In my view it looks Great. Nice light brown color. Happy railroading from Prescott Az

  78. John P. Ruetz says:

    We all gotta go sometime, so why not take the train. Great job.

  79. M says:

    Very creative!
    If you are in the Northern Hemisphere, the train should encircle the drain in a clockwise direction.

  80. Gary M from Long Island says:

    Duncan……..enjoyable and I love the title…Little Flushing Railroad…..

    Really great.

  81. Sam Hannigan says:

    Great layout. Just don’t jump the track. 🙂

    The treatment plant is not far from my location. I may be able to retrieve it if it does. LOL

  82. John says:

    John Crapper (inventor of todays toilet) would be proud of your work.

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