Model train foam mountain

Karl’s been in touch with his model train foam mountain:

“I see this layout as a 5 year project. I may hope to live long enough to accomplish it.

People in this retirement Community are very supportive.

I also take Residents out for a 2 hour cruise on my pontoon boat on Lake Washington in the summer, 6 at the time, which is a lot of fun.

HO scale mountain from foam

Flower blocks with stirofoam on top

HO scale mountain from foam

Layers of insulation

expanding foam for HO scale model train mountain

Expending foam

model train painting expanding foam

Covert and glued with quilt batting

model train expanding foam mountain


model train tunnel woods

Tiger Mountain

model train forrest

Tiger Mountain with POO POO POINT where the Para- sailers jump from

HO scale crossing

Downtown Issaquah in progress 

HO scale access hole

Removable “Lake Sammamish” to be created as per video of Martin Tarnrot with his toilet paper procedure 

HO scale yard

As my late wife was called by Grand Nieces and Nephews

HO scale diner

Jail yard with Chain Gang chipping rocks to fill up the remainder of the yard

Container yard.

Thank you so much for doing the blog, Al. It makes my day every day.


A big thanks to Karl for sharing his model train foam mountain ‘how to’.

Now on to Hall of Fame member, Rob:

“Hi Al,

Here my Christmas video. Some of your audience might like to see it.

Have a wonderful holiday,



A huge big thanks to Karl and Rob.

That’s all for today folks.

Please do keep ’em coming.

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



PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

PPS HO scale train layouts here if that’s your thing.

22 Responses to Model train foam mountain

  1. robert dale tiemann says:

    very nice. good job.

  2. John Birch says:

    Farland Howe is a fantastic layout. Well done, Rob. The detail and capture of the atmosphere of the scenes is excellent as is the quality of the photography. I would love to know what camera (phone?) you are using.

  3. David Long says:

    Awesome job Rob really imprest thw way your tunnel turned out.

  4. Ruben Simon says:

    I’m saving Rob’s video to watch each Christmas. Thanks, Rob, for making and sharing it with us.

  5. Joel Leson says:

    What a wonderful layout. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  6. GLEN D McKINNEY says:

    I wish i had a chance to know you when lived in KING CO WA. Am also a model train nut. I now have all my trains in box’s for the past 7 yr .I now live in the Missouri OZARKS. Lived all over western WA the longest place was NO BEND. for 15 yr. I retired from the KING CO S.O. Know the ISSAQUAH. REDMOND LK SAMM. area well

  7. Rich B. says:

    I like this, tracks there and mountain added later. I’m thinking government bomb shelter facility, tracks only disguise.

  8. MatiSon says:

    Poo Poo Point sounds like the ideal place for the toilet paper procedure

  9. George Zaky says:

    Thanks for the tour. Keep up the good work.
    Yes this is a special time- We all got out of imprisonment and are rejoicing our fellowship with each other. Great people like you share it so well and it does not go unappreciated. Good will and peace to you and your kin.
    Big Al
    SO much thanks for your hard work. Merry Christmas & a Healthy New Year.

  10. richard Sappelli says:

    The Christmas video that came from Farmore was really nice and interesting. ne thing that was not good was all the noises produced by the trains. I really do not enjoy these train sound as they are just so much noise. All that switching, hissing and what not is just too much. The chi=ugging is fine but the screeches does not have to be. But that’s how the manufacturer did it so I do not buy those trains with all the noise.
    Good Christmas video but cut the noise.


    Thanks to ROB & KARL for what they shared. It is what makes this BLOG so great. As Christmas Holiday grows near, we here in N/W Pa. want to wish all a Blessed Holiday and a New Year filled with good health.

  12. Marklin ed. says:

    HAPPY CHRISTMAS Alastair to you and all your Family. Rob thanks again for the video. MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL ON THIS SIDE OF THE POND.

  13. Pete S. says:

    Karl – Thank you for sharing your wonderful layout and the building techniques used for the Tiger Mountain representation. My grandchildren would love to see your work!
    You neglected to say that Poo Poo Point was named after the logging railroad’s whistle sound as the engine took logs to the mainline along Lake Sammamish.
    Keep the model railroad faith … Thanks!

  14. Robert Millott says:

    A Blessed and wonderful Christmas to you Alastair and wonderful New Year. Rob thanks for a beautiful video. I all ways enjoy you videos. To all contributors to this great site a big thank you. MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL.

  15. OLDTAZ says:

    Rob, your movie and your story were outstanding. I actually felt like I could get off the train and stand alongside your people. In fact I even thought I had seen some of them move. That’s how deep your movie made me feel. Are these real towns or are they made-up towns. I think your layout is fantastic in every way. I’m going to have to dig deeper to see more of it. Happy holidays in a clickety clack.


  16. Dave H says:

    Excellent movie. Really enjoyed it. Thanks Rob and happy holidays to you sir.

  17. Will in NM says:

    Rob, I think you and Dangerous Dave are competing to see who can produce the best videos. I really enjoyed your video and, especially, the background music. Dave did some really neat video effects placing himself into his layout video. Congrats to both of you for your cleverness. Merry Christmas and may God continue to smile upon you and yours.

  18. Svyatoslav Vykrest says:

    Stunning Job,Robert Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to You,! Stunning Movie, thanks so much, Robert

  19. Mike Musa says:

    Super layout! Great video, as usual. Please keep doing them.

  20. william janmes palmer says:

    merry Christmas and happy new year loved it

  21. Dave Karper says:

    Mr. Sappelli, I can only assume you’ve never been trackside for the passing of a train.To get the real effect of the sound, you would need room in the locomotive for a twelve inch woofer. And yes, I have been trackside, and in the cabs steam, diesel, and electric locomotives.

  22. Dave Karper says:

    I might add that a twelve inch woofer would be a tight fit in an HO locomotive.

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