More of your model railroad pics and tips

“Hi Alistair

I am not sure but is all of this railway stuff becoming a bit secondary to the actual building and subsequent modelling around the railway itself????

I have found that after turning a small corner of my small layout in O scale from a store to a caravan park,I have become more obsessed with what is happening in the area rather than the locos and rolling stock running past, I noticed with Daves layout along with others there is a great detail in what is happening around the area rather than the trains themselves.

or is it just me looking at the small world within a world, perhaps i should lay off the whiskey and just play with my trains.

At the moment I am running a Mohawk with 4 reefer with sound cars, on one track, and a GP 35 with a couple of open wagon loads on the other.

Not sure what your viewers think, perhaps I am ready for the funny farm or glue factory???

Keep up the great work it has inspired me.

Essex UK
(Old and senile 72)”

“Hi Al,

Not been doing much for a while but I’ve been experimenting with some FPV video footage taken with a truck mounted bullet cam.

I’ve also integrated my late dad’s Minic Roadway slot car system into my layout for a bit of fun.

Keep the updates coming from the other enthusiasts.


Latest ebay cheat sheet is here. Updated every day.

Lastly, had a few emails on ‘forcing perspective’ in a layout, by mixing HO and N scale, after Andy’s post.

There’s been quite a few posts on this over the years so I thought I’d link to some, so I did a quick search.

Anyhow, long story short, I found Franks which is not related to forcing perspective at all, but I thought it’s so worth reposting – so here it is.

That’s all for today folks.

Please do keep ’em coming.

And don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide is here if you want to a build a layout that gets folk wondering how you did it.



11 Responses to More of your model railroad pics and tips

  1. Webster Morton says:

    I like your O scale layout. What era is it.

  2. Cary B says:

    Nice posts Al

    Cary B

  3. Steve says:

    Sam, great RR and video. Everybody needs a giraffe and some dinosaurs on their layouts. Looks like the most fun loving layout I’ve seen posted.

  4. PAUL says:

    Wow you have a Minic Motorway haven’t seen any of that in so many years I used to run all that with my trains
    thanks for sharing going to be a really nice layout once its completed

    all the best Paul

  5. Svet says:

    Just Stunning !

  6. John Douglas says:

    Ernie, if you are enjoying yourself, you have got it right!

  7. paul vogel says:

    Keep up the good work on the OO guage layout. Great imagination. Thanks Paul Ohio USA

  8. Mike Richardson says:

    Sam, I really like your layout and the camera sure gives a great view of it and all the action. Your raceway looks a lot like my old Aurora Thunder Jet set. Keep up the good work.
    Mike USA Alabama

  9. Ian McDonald says:

    great photos and video. great track side camera work. thanks for sharing.

  10. Rod Mackay says:

    Whatever floats your boat Ernie. You say, though, that you’re running two particular trains on two tracks, suggesting maybe that they just go round and round? I think this might be why people get more engrossed with the scenery, most of the interest in running a railway is the challenge of getting the right loads to the right places on time, whether they’re morning commuters, steel billets, cattle, coal or Pullman cars, and remembering the locos need coaling, watering, fires cleaned etc. Not even the Circle Line just runs round in circles all day, now.
    About perspective modelling, I think it can be carried off well only if you totally control the position of the viewer – I find part of the joy of mine is seeing it from different angles and in different lights. If you could only view it satisfactorily from one place it’d be like “yeah, nice picture, saw that already.”

  11. Nick says:

    Please, more and more engine mounted videos. They beat static pics by a mile. NRT

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