Model railway village

Peter’s been in touch with an update on his model railway village.

But first, a quick word on the blog.

As you probably know by now, things have been rather tight this end – so much so that I’ve been mulling over calling it a day.

But two things have happened.

Firstly, lots of you lovely lot have bought the new track plans PDF to help bolster the blog’s coffers.

Secondly, lots of you have sent messages of support and encouragement, and this led to a fair few of you asking how you can become members of the blog.

So yesterday – for the first time in the history of the blog – I added a membership button.

Thanks to everyone that joined, it just goes to show how little I know, I didn’t think anyone would.

If you’d like to become a member, and get lots of downloads and posts, you can do so here:

Become a member!

Stay for as little or as long as you like. Cancel any time. The first month is $1, then $17 afterwards. So you get to see if you want to stay for $1 – it’s that simple.

Cancel with me, or directly with the payment processor, no fuss, no questions.

I dearly want to keep the blog going, and Peter’s update is a good example why.

I loved looking at his pics – but what really made it for me was looking at his previous post too, because it gives such a strong sense of what this hobby is all about.

I suspect you’ll feel the same – here’s Peter:

“Hi Alastair,

It has been a while since I sent any pictures to you so thought I would show you what has been happening in my model of Tyseley, Birmingham.

As you can see traffic jams existed even in the early 60’s mainly because of all of the buses!!

I must thank my wife for her work in painting a lot of the people like the bus conductor and the animals. In particular the chickens in the coop which were so small. She also painted the nuns and the wedding party!

Can anyone spot the interloper from North America?


model railway bus

model railway village barn

model train lake

model train chick coup

Model railway village:

 model railway village church wedding

model train cemetry

model railway buses

model railway night bus

model train bridge

model railway steam locomotives

model train passenger trains

model railway village

 model railway street

oo scale bus

model railway village church

A huge big thank you to Peter for sharing his model railway village update.

You can see Peter’s previous post at the bottom of this one: Model railroad blacksmith shop.

That’s all for today folks.

Thank you to everyone that has supported the blog – I can’t tell you how much it means to me.

I can’t imagine not looking through my inbox in the mornings to see what I can post for you lovely lot.

To help keep the show on the road, you can:

1. Buy the track plans PDF and Beginner’s Guide here.

2. Or you can dive straight into membership here. Stay as long or as little as you like.

(You can cancel directly with the payment provider at any time, or just mail me and I’ll do it for you. There’s no fuss or questions.)

I would dearly love to keep things going, and I promise to let you know what’s happening.

Fingers crossed.



142 track plans PDF

17 Responses to Model railway village

  1. Mark says:

    Stunning and inspirational

  2. David Howarth says:

    Plenty of detail with your model rail village Peter ..well done

  3. Dave says:

    Another suggestion is to put in a button that allows a contribution, either one time, or recurring. Some of us don’t need anything but to support your blog.

    I still intend to send photos of my layout, but we need you around to receive them.


  4. Bob says:

    OK. I give up. Where is the interloper from North America!

  5. Richard Rudolph says:

    Wonderful work

  6. Macbear says:

    For Bob: try the penultimate image…
    I love the detailed work. On Peter’s layout there is so much detail, it was a compulsion to zoom in. Were the figures in the graveyard nuns or bereaved ladies?
    I agree with Dave – a one off contribution button may appeal.

  7. Kevin McArdle says:

    Beautiful, well done you.

  8. Lynn Taubeneck says:

    When I first saw the photo of the fisherman in the boat I was thinking that you had accidentally added a personal photo. It looks that real. Thank you for the great layout photos.

  9. Norman C Rosen says:

    Excellent detail!

  10. Steve Boisvert says:

    How do you do such great streets? How do you do that? Very curious!

  11. David Patterson Sr says:

    Would the interloper be the C&N boxcar and Geep pulling it?

  12. robert dale tiemann says:

    nice work. i like the bus lighting.


    Dear Al,
    I look forward to my inbox every morning and discover what amazing and wonderful posts had been submitted to your inbox. I purchased my third beginners guide on Tuesday! I am in the process of building a new train room in my attic and hope to have bench work done in a few months.
    Thank you for all you do for this amazing hobby, and bringing together hobbyists from across the globe! What a gift you have given us!

  14. Peter says:

    Thank you all for your encouragement and comments. The interloper was a
    Canadian National freight train which was given to me by my step son who lives in Toronto. The figures in the graveyard are nuns tending to the Angel.
    Alastair, without you where would we be? Your blog gives so much encouragement to us all. Long may it last.

  15. Rob McCrain says:

    Peter, I like what you’ve done with your layout. You captured the essential detail accurately and added plenty of personality to it as well. Rob

  16. John says:

    I am getting ready to setup my train workshop and get started on my first layout. In have an open 10ft x 24ft to work in. How much room should i plan for using DCC operations.

  17. william james palmer says:


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