Rob adds pylons to his modelrailway

Rob’s been back in touch, this time he’s been busy adding pylons to his layout:

“Hi Al,

This video strictly runs trains and with a quick look around a few newer things.

I got the high-voltage power cable pylons completed. There are 4 fully formed ones and I hung a single-sided one on the wall.

I tried a four-sided pylon on the wall but the shadows cast by it made it look confusing. A one-sided pylon seems to look better.

I was hoping the wall-hung effort would suggest the pylons continued off into the distance. I probably should have made it about 3/4 size so it would suggest it was farther away. Hindsight is 20/20. It still looks good.

The class 67 is my bargain find. I was able to buy it used for about 1/2 price.

class 67 diesel locomotive

While installing a DCC decoder I noticed that one of the headlight/tailight shrouds was missing. I was able to fabricate one out of styrene plastic, paint it black, and then used cyanoacrylate glue to hold it in place. It definitely seems to be working.

The light shroud is shown before painting.

model train kit bash

I thought it would be fun to add a crane to my harbor scene. The story goes that the old dilapidated crane was about to be scrapped but the local people who lived around there wanted it preserved.

The battle over keeping and restoring the crane raged on but in the end, it was preserved as a historic artifact and there it is. It was an easy and fun kit to build.

model train crane

model train crane

The series of photos as I rotate the pylon around illustrates a painting technique.

If you look closely looking down from the top the color is quite light, but as I turn it in my hand you start to see darker areas and when it is upside down it is very dark. This creates the illusion of shadows. These shadows, however, are painted on.

It is achieved by spraying black from the bottom up and then the light color from the top down. This technique can be used on just about any model.

model railway pylon

model railway pylon

model railway pylon

model railway pylon

model railway pylon

Thank you Al, your efforts to keep your blog afloat are appreciated by all in the worldwide modeling community, in particular me.


A big thanks to Hall of Fame member, Rob.

And now on to George.

Not only is he taking the time and trouble to plan his layout, he’s making sure it’s his layout, with his rules. Quite right too!

“Dear Al

The following CAD drawing is of the S scale ON30 layout I have just begun to assemble.

It is a little different to decipher and I hope all can read it.

Basically it is two mountains on the left side which will feature the ON30 operation and the right side a flat S scale layout and trainyard.

The buildings closest to Follywood station are all 3D puzzles that are closer to O scale but I wont tell anybody. I like them.

I truly love my brothers on your blog and so respect the incredible work they do but I believe that every group needs a clown and I’ve elected myself to be just that. You see what I lack in building talents can escape scrutiny when observers eyes are blurred because of laughter.

If I am in fantasy land, making models from real things, then MY way is with humor. I had a blast giving names to the buildings and areas. BTW that’s ITZNOT MINE in the lower left corner.

There is a long story behind this layout and I will send that soon. My granddad’s farm was in the town of Neversink, NY where the Neversink river and reservoir are so the Yursunk river, harbor et al was thus created.

The barn is an exact 3/16” scale model of the cowbarn and the house also.

I just hope I can build this reasonably OK. Pics to follow very soon if I can rearrange the mess.


s scale track plan

A big thanks to George and Rob.

That’s all for today folks.

Please do keep ’em coming – it’s still jolly quiet this end.

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



PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

9 Responses to Rob adds pylons to his modelrailway

  1. Mike Childs says:

    You have a beautiful layout Rob. The pylons looked great.

  2. Greg Marples says:

    The towers for the transmission lines are great! But where are the power lines? They make great products for that even for N scale that have a bit of elasticity so they stand up to being bumped into without pulling down the towers or poles. Much better than wire or thread.

  3. Stephen Hill says:

    Rob , thank you for sharing , your videos are awesome. The detail in your layout is stunning , electric wires or not .
    I’m curious , do you ever display your layout publicly? I imagine your local folks would like to see your work . I’d pay to see it , must be awe inspiring to see in the flesh .
    Great layout , no doubt as to why you’re a hall of fame modeler .

    George , looks like you’re on your way sir to a fine project … keep us posted look forward to seeing the completion

  4. Robert Brady says:

    Rob Fantastic layout and great videography . I enjoyed the entire video
    The Critic

  5. George Zaky says:

    Your exactness to detail is what makes your creations beyond outstanding. Your pylons are super. Thanks

  6. Jeff says:

    Rob, the layout looks great. Love the video. Makes you feel like you’re there. Awesome job.

  7. william j plmer says:

    nice work

  8. Rocco Maley says:

    “Ditto” Al to Rob’s last comment. By the way Rob, A great looking model railroad you have there. It looks like you are pretty handy when repairing things. Keep up the good work. Rocco from Haskell, New Jersey.

  9. Gary M from Long Island says:

    Rob…….great work……..I always love your how-tos and the video was awesome.
    Love the station scenes.

    George…….waiting for your pictures

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