More layout pics from Kaustav

Kaustav has kindly sent in more pics of his fabulous layout. If you missed them first time round, they are here.

“Thank you Al! I am glad that everybody liked the layout.

As a ready material, here are some pics of my latest build – the main freight-house of Wrightsville Port, along with a ‘Magic of Black ‘n’ White’ photo! Hope you like it.

For all my future progresses, I will make sure to send you the details.

Once again, thank you for the space! 🙂


“Al, the attached photo is how I decided to “customize” the print out building a bit to give it a little more depth and texture and personalize it to my layout (which is a long way from complete). I mounted the print out to foam board making the concrete caps (painted balsa) easy to attach. With the imaginations I’ve seen out there, the possibilities with print out scenery are endless…


You can download the ‘print out factory’ Keith used, here.

And now a question for you all: how come you are all be so shy on the tips? Come on – if you’ve got one, please share!

That’s all for today folks.

Please do keep ’em coming.

And don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide, if today is the day you start your railroad adventure.



PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

48 Responses to More layout pics from Kaustav

  1. What a great layout it’s very well detailed, I especially like the areial shot of the wharf it nearly looks real and you can’t get better than that, well done!!!

  2. neil Roth says:

    Hope you enjoy your layout as much as I did/ Nice flow and a story around every corner and curve.

  3. Paco Gayon says:

    Wow! how impressive!, I could not ever achieve such realism. Congratulatiosn.
    Paco Gayon

  4. Ron Filet ( Holland) says:

    Love it. Especially the nautical aspect. I’m a fan of the sea and ships, more than a model railroader, altough my (USA prototype) model railroad is very important to me. More later.

  5. truckman1999 says:

    Wow nice layout,I fine little things I would like to try every time I see some lay out here.

  6. Glenn Roach says:

    Yes Kaustav u have a very nice looking layout. I especially liked the “Blimp’ shot of the wharf. How about some “Long” distance shots going down the as much as can be see in the pic.. Also one pic of the entire layout maybe.

  7. Tom says:

    A touch here and there and you have a masterpiece. I am impressed at the detail: workmanship: it is alive I am taking it’s pulse now. WELL DONE!

    my admiration,

    Tom N

  8. Mark osborne says:

    Fantastic scene iam just starting
    To do a fantasy docklands I would be very
    Interested in how and what material you used
    To make your bridge and how the connections
    Are made either end of the track and how it rises
    Thank you for letting us see your layout
    Just brilliant thts all I can say if I only had half
    The skill tht you have I would be happy well done mark ozzy

  9. paul Otway says:

    Your layout is an inspiration to us all.

    Including the harbour area.

  10. Gareth Aspden says:

    Great layoot. Great photos.I particularly like the overhead one looking straight down

  11. Andy says:

    Very impressive i would love to see the whole thing. what did you use for concrete?

  12. TOM says:


  13. Duncan says:

    Again the impression of space on the quay coupled with the very good weathering make this a classic. How about some tips on the weathering and light of the buildings? Thanks in anticipation ! D/

  14. Dennis says:

    some of the details are great

  15. kimo says:

    Aloha, this is a real work of love

  16. Joey Clark says:

    Love the night time scenes the best! Looks real with the lighting….

  17. Ben says:

    great love it you have agood imageanation you whated ideas keep thinking out side the box. on my table i keep seeing little things i could adjust,add to ,twik a little
    Ben Taul
    Merna Ne usa

  18. Carl says:


    Really nice work. I’m looking for some ship models – which did you use?


  19. Dave Ober says:

    Beautiful layout pictures and the lighting is suburb. One great job!

  20. Neil says:

    I keep asking for help in locating the figures that appear in your layout, to no avail. I don’t see any of them in the “usual places”. Help. Thanks,

  21. jim morris says:


  22. ken says:

    great layout of your lites just think maybe could of used more or lager watt bulb in them

  23. Ernie Stammers says:

    I think that is a great scene, I almost thought it was real, you must be a very very patient man, I am just starting in O scale and love all of the tips I see and store away. I have now used SCARM to model my layout. Can someone tell me how to post pictures on here PLEASE
    Essex UK

  24. Bill S. says:

    Really nice lay out. I could only hope to be half as good as you. Nice details,I would like to see a photo of the whole layout.

  25. Victor Heffern says:

    Nice detail Beautiful job!!!

  26. Rick D says:

    Absolutely stunning.

  27. Bruce says:

    An overhead view of entire was shown in Al’s Feb 7 post.

    Kaustav, you are definitely one of those who inspire. I can’t wait to begin my layout in my new home. I certainly wish the ponds between all of us was not so large.
    Bruce in SC USA

  28. John R. Grant says:

    You’ve some real imagination! Beautiful and very well done!!

  29. Gene says:

    question: Love the waterfront scene. Has anyone got an idea as to how to make waves on water scenes ? i’ve seen waterfall scenes and white water over rocks etc. by roughing up the epoxy resin before it cures, but I can’t think of how to make ripples or waves on a water scene.

  30. Brad says:

    Hi Al.Any way you can add a ZOOM feature?Love to see closeups of the work being done

  31. Harvey Kahler says:

    Very nice, especially the magical night scenes.

  32. IanMcDonald says:

    great photos thanks for sharing.

  33. Rube Simon says:

    So amazing! I realize, with all the detail we’re seeing in so many models, all the hours it takes to do this … don’t you people have anything else to do with your time? 😉 I’m currently working on my fourth woodshed so I can store enough firewood to heat the house so that it’ll dry out enough not to create a lot of creosote in the chimney. Once that’s done, I’ve got two large diameter oaks to split, and then will cut down more to fill all four woodsheds. I’ll never catch up because winter comes each year. It must be nice to be able to “turn on the heater” with the push of a button or the turn of the wrist. Seems like the only way I’ll ever be able to participate here would be to send in photos of my woodsheds! 😀 I’m 75, by the way. Eventually, I’ll have to stop (I have an LP gas heater for when that happens). Then maybe my little Bachmann kit will see some action. Until then, I’m enjoying viewing these daily reports, and they are amazing!

  34. wally miller says:

    I am just beginning modeling in HOn30 and have a perplexing problem. Should my structures and related items be in HO or N? How about my people?
    Will look forward to the answer.
    Thanks and best regards,

  35. Kaustav says:

    Thank you everyone for your wonderful comments! It’s been a while that I sent some photos, so let me send a new batch of photos to Al. I’m sure you guys will love it!


  36. Stan Peters says:

    Kaustav , wonderful lay out . Great planning to make all that happen in a small area.
    Keith, I just started on adding the “factory ” to my starter lay out. Thanks for giving me some out of the box ideas.
    Stan from Charlotte Y’all

  37. ANDREW SCOTT says:

    Kaustav, your skill leaves me in awe

  38. Hi my name is Luis I would like to know if there is somebody out there that can print out those buildings for me old scale I do not have a printer and I can’t afford to buy one I would appreciate someone helping me out thank you so much

  39. Thanks for the great post

  40. tony sartori says:

    impressive and quite realistic! only thing missing is debris !! real life scene such as this would have a lot of junk! you know— lots of candy wrappers, newspapers, empty cans and other related discarded items! I’ve been using tiny items like that and my wife urges me to clean it all up but I live in a real world and if you saw my workshop you’d believe me!

  41. William Stempel says:

    Neat layout Kaustav with the nautical theme. It is inspiring

  42. george f gianforcaro says:

    I am planning on setting up a layout for my ” O” Gauge trains….
    I loaned out all my books sometime ago to a friend and he has never returned them to me and now we have lost contact with each other.
    Can you please direct me to a good source for ” O ” gauge Layouts.
    Thank You

  43. Buddy Medbery says:

    I am just beginning a layout that will the port of Charleston circa 1955-1960 and would love to know where you got the cranes, or how you constructed them.

  44. Leo j Gorecki says:

    Your never too old for this Hobby, I started a year ago and I’m 84 years young
    my train set up is H.O on 3 4×8 sheets of plywood u shape.
    It is a fantastic set up, I send pictures but they never were published.

  45. ScenicsRme says:

    One common way to model rippled water i.e. wind blown pond surface, near still lake, etc, is to first put down the smooth water surface: poured epoxy, glass, plastic, or even heavily varnished painted wood, etc, Once set, thin GLOSS Modpog about 50-50 with water and a little alcohol. apply a liberal but smooth coat ovfer the water surface with a brush, then immediately use an airbrush or blow thru a soda straw to move the Modpog around in circular shapes to form the ripples. Allow to dry completely, about 24 hrs, avoiding the temptation to “touch test” to see if it’s dry! The Modpog will go on milky, but will dry clear. There are a number of videos on You tube demonstrating the technique.

  46. George Blanchard says:

    Kaustav, I appreciate your multiple talents and attention to the minute details of your endeavors. Your phenomenal photography of a remarkably detailed seaport railroad exhibit arouses my curiosity. Is the boxcar of potatoes from my state inbound or outbound?

  47. Stephen Hill says:

    Hard to imagine any tips to pass on to Kaustav as he has thouruoghly done such a remarkable job . I’m amazed to say the least , what a detailed and inspired display . I mean I just dig creating and using my humble imagination with my setup … and I get great satisfaction from it) but wow like I could never imagine that to existence , truly a remarkable job . Thank you for sharing and inspiring , I believe I’ll have to start on another one .

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *