Model railroad blacksmith shop

Ken’s been in touch with a very impressive model railroad blacksmith shop and workshop.

As scratch builds go, it really ticks all the boxes:

“Hi Al,

Building my layout one building at a time.

HO Blacksmith Shop, hes got alot going on here. Retubing a stream engine, rebuilding cart wheels, babbitting railroad utility cart wheels, etc., Over head crane., stream engine belted thur wall to run lathes, drill press and power lights. Coal bin and scrap medal.,upright one lunger air compressor.

GOD Bless.


model railroad blacksmith shop

model railroad blacksmith shop

model railroad blacksmith shop

model railroad blacksmith shop

Now on to Peter:

“Hi Alastair,

I saw your post earlier today including my previous photos so I thought you might like to see the progress since then.

The main work has been creating a village with a church, post office/village cafe and of course a pub.

I have also highlighted some dioramas that populate the railway.

Keep em coming!


model railway

model railway church

model railway engine sheds

model railway high street

model railway bus

model railway street

model railway maintenance hut

A big thanks to Peter and to Ken for sharing his HO scale model railroad blacksmith shop. It’s a wonderful scratch build – and it’s one of the reasons I will never tire of seeing what lands in my inbox each morning.

Each of his buildings have bags of character. I’m really looking forward to his update.

I do like the way Ken is building his layout one building at a time too – there are quite a few of who start with the buildings. It’s one of the great things about this hobby: start where you want and go at your own pace.

That’s all for today folks.

Please do keep ’em coming because it’s still ghostly quiet this end.

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

Remember, it’s the start that stops most people.



PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

14 Responses to Model railroad blacksmith shop

  1. David Howarth says:

    Nice wok there Peter , the scenes work very wel with your backdrops , looking great all round …

  2. Stephen Hill says:

    Peter that is really amazing detail , very nicely done . The scenes look alive and the buildings look very real . A superb job indeed . I’m a beginner at this and am absolutely stunned and dumbfounded how you can create such detail and life line scenes . Great stuff .

    Ken you too sir have captured the detail and depth , really amazing what you have created .

    You folks are setting the bar with such work . Truly inspiring… thank you

  3. George Zaky says:

    Please put the scale first so we dont have to agonize about that. Your work is to be admired and its a negative not knowing.
    I assume yours is HO and and a wonderful job you’ve done. Love the scenes.
    I think yours is N and if so the standard GZ reply for N is – I cant believe you did that.
    Big Al

  4. Colin edinburgh says:

    Ken Well done with the Blacksmiths shop. Lots of detail and things to give the viewer lots of interest. One tiny thing the ladder on the side of the building, the rungs look way over scale, Unless of course the blacksmith is of such a build himself that he needs such oversized rungs. Anyway well done an unusual and interesting scene

  5. Bill in Virginia says:

    Great detail and craftsmanship on both!!

  6. Gary M from Long Island says:

    Peter……very nice work…… good looking layout……great detail.

    Ken…….great structures

  7. Rob McCrain says:

    Peter, Lovely railway. The special scenes you have created really tell stories. I very much like it when that happens. Your backscenes work well with the foreground too. Nice work.
    Ken, those scenes you are creating are wonderful and roach in detail. Great stuff.
    Rob McCrain

  8. David Schaffner says:

    Nice job, love the town buildings and old cars, double deck bus and your landscaping…

  9. Marklin ed says:

    Peter that’s a great layout, thanks for sharing it. Great to see a English railroad. Ken wonderful work your an artist.

  10. Brian Olson says:

    Great scenes (and lighting) make for great railroads.

  11. Paul E Plovick says:

    I’ve never been to England but it certainly brings the warmth and charm I would love to visit some day flying from Arizona where we live. Charming and beautifully detailed work and I’ve finished two sizeable N scale layouts over the last 20 years and run them daily while seemingly always adding more details or just loving operation sessions with delivery schedules and siding switches of rolling stock. Very nice work !!

  12. Dominic Joseph Radanovich says:

    WOW! An Anglican Church and graveyard that actually looks like a real church and graveyard, not a ‘plasticville’ ho-hum.

  13. william j plmer says:

    looking good

  14. Peter Smith says:

    Thank you all for your comments, especially you David, coming from the master I am flattered.

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