Model train decals

Chuck’s been back in touch with his model train decals.

He really enjoys painting and decaling his locos – and why not?

The great thing about this hobby is there are so many sides to it.

If running trains is your thing, then great.

And the same goes for painting your locos and adding decals:

“Hi Alastair;

I decided to attach a few more pictures of pieces that I painted and decaled.

In the last post, one reader asked what paint I used. Actually, I use several kinds.

I use Tamiya, Polly scale, Tru-scale, and others.

Polly scale is my favorite and is long out of business but can be had for up to 30 or 40 dollars for each bottle on eBay.

As far as decals I use North East (also long out of business) Microscale, and K 4 pacific. All being water slide decals.

I still enjoy doing this part of the hobby and will probably continue to do so.

Thank you for all you do and thank you to all the readers and contributors, this is a great hobby.


model train decals

model train decals

model train decals

model train decals

model rairoad decals

painting locos

painting locos

model railroad decals Fruit Growers Express Norfolk & Western # 295624, Built by Model Diecasting, painted by me.

model train decals

model train decals

model train decals

model railroad decals

And now on to Jim:

“My Layout is now 12 years old, it’s mostly automated and is shaped like a giant number 9.

It has a 26 exit turntable, 14ft 9 platform terminus station, a smaller station and one large goods yard with digital working cranes.

I have last added a Viessmann windmill with slowly turning sails.

I think the layout is now finished as I just opperate trains now which is great fun.


freight train

maintenance workers model railway

model trains through tunnel

model train windmill

model train crane

model train overhead view

A big thanks to Jim for sharing his model train decals, and to Chuck too.

That’s all for today folks – but please do keep ’em coming.

And if today is the day you get going on your layout, the Beginner’s Guide is here.



PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

18 Responses to Model train decals

  1. david howarth says:

    Jim those trucks look great , that is some collection you have , with a fantastic layout …..Chuck your decals look great …Dangerous Dave

  2. Herman Crauwels says:

    Great layout!!

  3. Jim says:

    Great layout … Love the long parallel track.. Can you show me the track layout details

  4. Bill in Virginia says:

    All great examples of what model railroading is all about – everything!!! The hobby encompasses so many different facets but the core is we have fun doing what we do.

  5. THOMAS says:

    The Best part was the Trains running ! THANKS SO MUCH !

  6. Rob McCrain says:

    Jim’s layout and collections are astounding by any stretch of the imagination. He has included a system of automation as well. He is a brilliant technologist as well. There is so much to be learned from him it boggles the mind. Fantastic layout. Fantastic collection. Bravo Jim.
    Rob McCrain – Farland Howe

  7. Brian Olson says:


  8. Joe Weisbecker says:

    A very lucky man to have that room to make such a beautiful layout .. Exceptionally well done . AAA+++

  9. Michael Callis says:

    Very impressive! You can see the love and skill that was use to build it!

  10. Bob From Towson says:

    Chuck, I wish I had the knowledge and talent to paint and decal like you. Fantastic !!!!

  11. James Corradini says:

    Very nice work Chuck I also enjoyed doing that, and Jim as a truck driver I love all the trucks on your train do they really carry truck and trailer on trains over there? Also love all the oversized train loads great layout thank you both for sharing.

  12. wayne bishop says:

    great work and pictures

  13. Victor Herbert says:

    Truly Wonderful layout. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Curtis says:

    I didn’t know North Park in western had fruit Xpress box cars. I thought that was only union pacific and Santa Fe.

  15. Gary M from Long Island says:

    Chuck…….great work with the decals and modeling….I love Tamiya products.

    Jim…. beautiful layout…… really good looking and great video.

  16. George Moffatt says:


    The length of your consists made it appear as if you were running just one train.

  17. Will in NM says:

    Chuck, Excellent job painting and detailing your HO collection. I wish I had your skills.

    Jim, Amazing layout! I especially liked the lone VW bus in the midst of all those big trucks. Do they really ship both cabs and trailers on a single flat car? If so, that’s a much different practice than US TOFC traffic.

  18. william janmes palmer says:


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