More from Jim on his stunning layout

“Hi Al,

As I mentioned in my last post, I wasn’t happy with the perspective on my parking lot, so I redid it. I changed the angle of the parking lot and reshot the photos of the cars. I lowered the horizon and added trees, larger in the foreground and smaller closer to the horizon. I added a photo of an n scale building close to the horizon.

Below are the before and after photos. I think it looks more like looking off into the horizon than it did before.

Any comments or suggestions for improvement?



“Hi Al

I view each one of your E-Mails and find all of them educational/enjoyable.

I acquired my first Lionel Train Set Christmas 1953 (3rd grade) and additional trains/stock every Christmas there after.

This went on for 5 years and accumulated enough to cover a board 4′ x 12′. By todays value, of $2,100.00, using E-bay as a reference, I’m in the process of resurrecting my childhood experience.

I’m retired, 73 and no room to start my project which now includes what I have collected over the last 10 years and my original layout. This required an accessory building to include my train room.

I have attached pictures of my collection and start of construction. If you feel this undertaking is worthy of your posts I will send updates as we go.


And Jim’s been in touch again – if you want to refresh your memory, his last post is here.

“Greetings, Al.

I’ve recently purchased two new ScaleTrains GEVO Rivet Counter Tier 4 GEVO ET44C4 BNSF Diesel engines.

This is a really great looking model with super detailing and they run very smoothly. They actually have rotating bearing caps. In any event, I thought I’d do another video of the layout with a consist of the new engines with intermodal rail cars.

Jim AZ”

Latest ebay cheat sheet is here (still updated everyday).

A huge thanks to Jack and Jim.

I’d love to know how Jim gets his videos looking like they do. Stunning stuff!

That’s all for today folks. Please do keep ’em coming.

And don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide if you feel like it’s your time to shine.



20 Responses to More from Jim on his stunning layout

  1. Martin Wood says:

    Jack why are the cars parked there? I cannot see anywhere for them to visit.

  2. Cary B says:

    Much better perspective Jack, looks great. Loved the video and your layout is awesome Jim.

    Cary B

  3. John Meehan says:


  4. Gerry Gallick says:

    I do agree that the videography is done very well. The parking lot is very nice with good striping, and layout. Everything is very modern in appearance therefore the rock cut behind the train tracks would have also been a recent cut. There should be vertical line shown in the rock face indicating exposed drill hole were modern blasting had occurred. I would agree that the attention to detailing in the rock painting, and fake vegetation was nice.
    Thanks friend for your video I really enjoyed watching.

  5. James Richards says:

    Video is very clear and your layout, locos and rolling stock is very very pristine.

  6. MICHAEL GLASS says:

    LOOOOOOOVE Your layout. 9:00 am

  7. Wayne Deal says:

    Wow, Is it real or is it a model? Impressive!!

  8. Jack Bury says:

    The cars are parked for the amusement park


    Hi Jack
    You have a nice parking lot but I don’t see a road leading too it. So how to car get there?

  10. Dave in Ontario says:

    Very impressive layout. Appropriate train speed; and wonderful work on the buildings, roadwork, parking spaces, population, and accessories. I especially enjoyed seeing the older passenger car on an appropriate display location. I’m very envious of all the modelling skills brought together on this display. – – – dave in Ontario

  11. Jack Bury says:

    There is a road leading to the parking lot alongside the amusement park. I’ll show it with my next update.

  12. John Meyer says:

    The 1st & last clips of the video show superb realism! Enjoyed all!

  13. Ian says:

    Excellent video Jim. At the start it looked very real. The sound of the diesels is very good indeed.

  14. Jim says:

    Much thanks for all your compliments and wonderful remarks. Really appreciate them.

    Jim AZ

  15. Ian Mc Donald says:

    the change to the car park great improvement. great video I noticed a change in the design of the shipping containers I haven’t seen it before. thanks for sharing.

  16. Al says:

    Great Backdrop showing the train with the new locos, very realistic.

  17. Peter says:

    Jack, I like your changes to the car park it looks much better now.
    Jim, always impressed with your layout and video, the result is what we all strive for, especially like the blending of the foreground with the backdrop, it really looks great.

  18. Bill Holt says:

    Awesome layout Jim. Very realistic looking ! GOOD JOB

  19. SWEET…………………

  20. Paul Case says:

    Are those some of the containers that were offloaded from the ships waiting in California? Maybe we will get Christmas presents after all.

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