Wow! Tom has kindly sent in more pics after all your comments from last time.
If you missed his last post, it’s here.
But Tom – it’s a video we all want to see!
Just an amazing layout. A big thank you, Tom. We’ve all enjoyed your talent.
That’s all for today folks.
Please do keep ’em coming.
And if you want to make that start – just like Tom and all the others did – the Beginner’s Guide is here.
It’s a lot more fun doing than watching.
love the dirt and old rail town feel of his work….railroads are typically dirty seedy looking places and not all glitz and shine…loved the junk piles,dirty places,vehicles and bad roofs of his buildings as it totally removes any feel of the dreaded “plasticville” look that many think looks good…Great job!
Keep em coming Tom. Brilliant layout.
What about that then? The attention to small detail really does do the business
With so much clutter and junk lying about it puts me in mind of my own
Tom has got to be congratulated on producing a really interesting layout ,long may he do so, in the meantime thankyou for letting us see all those layouts and of course the tips .
Best Regards Bernard and Jayne (just down the road from the Severn ValleyRailway)
Double WoW ! I so like the uncluttered look of what I have seen. It seems to be a lots art ?
Thank you again for all you have offered and allowed us all to view these many months, it is truly a pleasure.
An outstanding job with some of the best attention to detail I have seen. Great Job!!!!!
This series by Tom is excellent. Seeing the detail in the rustic settings – a steam locomotive on a city street – various settings displaying men at work. I almost expected to see an old corn silo beside a rural station. Many years ago the one in our village burned to the ground because of internal combustion. It burned for almost a week. The alcohol in there must have been potent. It couldn’t be put out by our local fire department so it was left to its fate.
Another comment. A video might be okay too, but would it take away from what we are seeing here??
Very,very cool. Gave me a stiffy.
He’s got more talent in his little finger than I have in my whole body! fantastic and very realistic layout.
Tom, the pictures are fantastic. I like the pictures because I have time to look over all the little details that have been put into the scene. With video, things are moving to fast to catch all of that. Keep sending those “still” pictures. I enjoy every one of them.
Fantastic very realistic.
Me parece un trabajo muy realista y acabado, con lujo de detalles.
Hi, The whole layout is brilliant, but those building are amazing.
Exceptionally nice Tom, very detail oriented. Keep up the great work.
Your pictures Tom are amazing and extremely realistic. Do you make your buildings from scratch? If so what materials do use use and what manufactures do you use for doors, windows, siding and roofs.
Also how do you make your trees
Tom – What a fantastic looking layout. It’s hard to build a structure straight and true. I can only imagine how hard it is to build one that looks run-down, dilapidated and worn-out. Great job. Looking forward to the movie!
This is awesome! I love the rustic look. The detail is great. I sure wish that I could get my scenery to look as real. Thanks for sharing these pictures. They are inspiring.
Really cool pics, love the attention to detail
Beautiful layout and really nice photos. Love it, thanks for sharing.
very real looking… great job
Absolutely fabulous. Far too many layouts and Rolling stock are much too pristine. The only drawback (nitpicking) is that all that wonderful detailing does detract from the actual railway.
Every scene tells a story. Not just incredibly skilled detail work, but fantastic imagination as well. Congratulations!
Tom – superior workmanship! All the accolades given you are well deserved. The attention to minute scenic detail is second to none. Love the era and the superb weathering from vehicles to buildings to trash and miscellaneous objects. Figures always add another dimension to any setting and yours have special appeal given the many with unique features (like the man in the deep sea diving suit…).
I would love to see a video; a sort of tour of the layout following a train around the layout. I’m sure it would be amazing if mixed with photos to stop the action as the video reaches points of visual interest. The photo would give the viewer time to digest the amazing details. Then the video would continue from there doing the same thing with other photos along the route… And the atmosphere you’ve captured in photos would be maintained if shot under soft flourescent lighting to allow for shadows and eliminate any harsh glaring.
Magnificent. Keep up the good work!
A true artist at work!! beautifully done!! You truly bring this layout to life in the work that has been performed. Thislooks just like pictures i have seen from the past its like you hae went pack in time and are able to live there. Lol truly inspirational.
I LIKE WHAT YOU ARE DOING.
The detail is just wonderful and finished off so brilliantly. Well done and please send more if you can, it’s inspiring
sure could use your talent on my layout-SUPERIOR
Thanks for these great pics. There are some MRR scene recreations that evoke feelings of having been there once, perhaps in a past life? ;>})
And these are just so…
Can you tell me who makes that “switcher” engine in the last photo? Think it’s On3.
Outstanding weathered old steam town!
WOW!!! Excellent photos and that layout is amazing. I’ve never been a big fan of that old time style of layout but this one is awesomely detailed and crafted. I give it two thumbs up for both of you guys.
hey tom only thing is I don’t think they had the rr crossing back in those days
boy this is awesome wish I could do something like this!!!
I think I have been to this town! Thanks for sharing with us. Very skillfully made layout.
Wonderful job ! I love your attention to detail.
As always I would love to have an idea of the over all project.
Gauge, dimensions ect.
Wow! Tom, how do you do that? Amazing details, especially the buildings!
BUT, you need to hold a town counsel meeting and get the town to fund a beautification project to clean up all the trash and debris.
Well Tom my name is Tom also I have a N scale and am working on a hO. I guess all the great comments have been made, so true all of them. I would love to know about your buildings, if you scratch build or kits? You have to me the best realistic work I have ever seen, and I have see a lot. I would love to watch you work. Your and insperation to us all. I would love to see a full pic of the overall layout, Fantastic work!!!!!! Tom in AZ
Simply great!!! Ya gotta love the the small details and the feeling of being true to life. Again, great job.
absolute WOW love it!
I have never seen such beautiful weathered houses. You did a remarkable job. Thanks for sharing Vic
I like your layout It looks ON3 and It seems like a throwback to the early fifties This would take me back to my childhood days The only narrow guage I rode and photogtagpned was Disney and Busch Gardens I would like to get to Colorado to Photogragph the Cumbrec Toltec & Scenic I been to Skagway Alaska If I got a few shots of rolling stock I was doing good I did acquire a VHS for My VCR I’m basicly electric traction orineted but if steam is there I will photogragph it come hell or high water
Man this is GREAT
Fantastic attention to detail. Thank you for sharing!!!
Those are oh so awesome. How I wish I had 1/3 the insight and skill to make a layout like that.
Wonderful job. Great detail and realism. Keep the pics coming.
GREAT looking layout! GREAT detail! B U T, I do not understand the telegraph/electric poles. How much better the over all scene would be with them complete with wires especially if you are promoting you’r modeling. It is that lack of detail that really takes away from the whole scene. No excuses about the wires being more trouble than being worth it. I have never had a problem and the positive comments are worth it. Otherwise, nice job!
Tom is an extraordinary model builder. On30 yes? Getting the scale and realistic weathering, dust, mud, etc. just right is an amazing feat. Pics of the overall layout would be really be captivating…perhaps at a future date? Thank you for sharing and here’s hoping you continue for many more years. Thanks again…Don
Just amazing work. Truly inspiring. Thank you!
Tom, these are wonderful pictures of a truly outstanding layout. This is exactly the kind of period work I would love to create in my HO layout. I don’t, of course, hope to achieve the kind of work you’ve done, but it sure gives me a target. Simply the Best! Keep up the superb work, and please, send more pics and a video. Thanks, Warren ( modeling the L&N in Alabama, USA.)
WOW !! I have been a model railroader for over fifty years and I have very rarely seen anything that compares to his realism and detail. Wonderful !
wow, Wow, WOW ! That is phenomenal !
Each scene is a story in itself….you are very talented and remarkably creative…have never seen anything so interesting except reality itself, which you have re-created beautifully.
Thanks so much for sharing with the rest of us….i too would be happy to see more!
Dave, in NY
hey tom, super layout best i have seen in a long time beautiful work.
nice to see originality in a layout.
what materials did you use to make the dirt roads and junk yard.
Great photos Tom! Your detail is amazing. However I, like many others, would love to see a video of your layout. Keep up the great work. Cheers Rossco Adelaide, South Australia
Great work Tom. only one question, where did you get you vintage automobiles from? I have been looking for something like that for ages to no avail.
Spectacular! Please share some how to pics, videos, night scenes or whatever.
This is wonderful.
Tom, fantastic beautiful work. So real looking, the old houses to the woods with blow down trees. I was looking for some wild animals but did not see any, probably an oversight on my behalf. But I have to say, Out standing lay out. I like to see more, is there any chance that you can show the blue prints of your lay out?
Thank you for showing what you have so far.
S.D.G. St.Petersburg Florida.
Beautiful Layout!!!!! NICE done and in my “era” of desire! STEAM!
Some of the best railroad modelling I have ever seen, absolutely stunning….
Good evening, after looking over your pic of your layout, I must say you have done a dam good job. Keep on trucking!!!!!!!! Thanks for a good looking layout.
Keith A. Myers
Spectacular! Beautiful narrow gauge layout. Jealous.
Geoff, Dallas TX
Your level of detail is incredible! It feels real. Well done!!! Bill in Virginia
your artistic talents are amazing and so appreciated. Your hard work is also noticed and admired. The detail and realism makes me spend some time on each pic because I don’t want to miss anything. Your audience now demands more of you in description, more about you, and more about videos.
I hope you now know how important you are in the AL loop.
great photos will help me peter
A man of talent and patience. neither of which I possess obviously. Wonderful!
I especially like the shot with the storm in the background (dark area in the wall behind it). The rest – all so real! Incredible. Makes me wish I could go there and take a deep whiff of the ambiance.
Wonderful layout Tom so realistic!
Great scenery, greater imagination. I really enjoy your sharing your talent. CW
Absolutely Fantastic, Great talent
Great looking layout Tom
Really awesome modeling, thanks for sharing
WOW! Magnificent model
Wow! What a realistic feel to an old town which reminds me of a neighborhood I lived in when I was growing up….Love the old building which all had such an amazing look of a poor town….Love the half hidden cars and the rustic train…Where did you get those old cars? You are a true landscaper on the miniature scale. Great job..Liked the seemingly old houses with that old feel to them…One of the best layouts I have seen….Great photography..
Now that is a truly inspiring layout! The gritty look and feel is captivating !
Tom, That’s a great looking layout you’ve created. It looks like On30 or On3 to me and that 1/48th scale gives you some help in creating such excellent details. The dilapidated buildings and worn look of the trains reminds me of George Selios’ fabulous Franklin & South Manchester layout. I’d love to see a video, a track plan and some higher resolution photos of your layout.
Oh, and ignore the guy who complained about your missing telephone and power wires. I agree that would be a nice addition, but it’s your creation and you can do it however you like.
To me this some one who is enjoying model rail roading and who has done an excellent job of creating old looking as well as newer buildings. Herein Canada the navy has an expression, ” Bravo Zulu ”. Remarkable work !! No, I served in the RCAF.
WOW. SO much character. Wonderful detail. Judging from the period depicted, I thought there might have been a prohibitionist, Al Capone type of car chase with them racing away from a still! Love the detail. Well done!!
Great pictures. Gives a body time to really absorb the details. Realistic is an understatement for your work. Do you hire out?
I Love the dirt roads. Where did you find all the old cars?? And is that a 49-50 Studebaker parked next to the fence in pictures 5 and 10?
I can’t add anything, everyone else has said it all. The only thing missing is a full view of the layout. I certainly wouldn’t mind a video. I think this is one of the best Era displays ever. Doug C.
You’ve dome ramshackle amazingly well! Great work photographing as well.
Tom has made the type of layout that I was trying to make. It is very interesting and realistic. Instead, what I did turned out too neat, too idealistic. I really like this one.