More of your railroad pics and tips

“Alastair … I actually have two pretty decent things to pass along:

I have found that using bark or weathered or drift wood for making rocky hills looks really good.

And, when using sculptamold (or similar) for terrain, tint it with brown, grey or green paint before installing. That will prevent the white specks you get when trying to paint afterwards.


“Hello Al,

how are you, my name is Christopher, and it’s nice to meet you.

I want to thank you for your emails, and I enjoy looking at your model railroad layout plans.

I just completed my first N scale train set, and I would like to expand on it someday.

Back in the 1980,s it was HO, now it’s N scale. I made a layout that you might not see everyday that I believe is creative, and somewhat artistic.

Please let me know if this N scale train set with an Egyptian layout looks good to you.

The size of it is 4 feet by 6 & ½ feet. Most of it is Bachmann, but someday I would like to have a Kato Set because Kato has my favorite train in N scale the Southern Pacific Daylight Freedom Train # 4449.

Please feel free to send me more of you emails, you have yourself an excellent day, take it easy, and peace out from Christopher”

“Hi Al,

Here is a photo of my steam lorry after I weathered it, using washes of thin black , gey and brown paint . and weathering powder.


And seeing as weathering is such a hot topic with you lot at the moment (thanks to Jim for that), I thought I’d have a look through the archives, and came out with these two:

Bobby weathers his engine.

Alan’s weathering trick.

Actually, these two are from a long list of weathering posts. I’ll share some more with you soon, or you could just take the plunge with the Beginner’s Guide.



PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

13 Responses to More of your railroad pics and tips

  1. Robert Brady says:

    My Tip is don’t weather. I’m not a fan of dirtying up an expensive model train when it looks great brand new. I’ve found when you sell your item that’s weathered you get less $.

  2. Kevin McArdle says:

    Where do you sleep?

  3. Christopher’s N Scale is uniquely well done. I think the main attribute is, ‘order’.

  4. John N Frye says:

    Thanks for paying attention to weathering. I have worked on and for USA railroads for 50 years, and I can say with certainty that one thing is in common, world-wide and everywhere. Railroads are dirty. The cars, engines, track, and yes, after a day on the job, me. Most is rust, mixed with diesel smoke and or coal smoke around steamers. The towns, cars and all are also grimy. I disagree that models look better brand new. They look like what they are, plastic. That said, the great thing about our hobby is that there is really no “correct” way to model – to each his own!

  5. Thomas Murphy says:

    Everything on my layout has a certain degree of weathering from minor to intense depending on the location placement in relation to my industrial areas. My personal feeling is that if there’s no weathering present, the object looks too “toy-like” for my tastes. But, of course, that is only my opinion ~ to each his own, as they say. I agree with another contributor about the “plastic-look” ~ why have it when you can make plastic look like stone, brick or even metal (rusty metal, at that) with a bit of weathering magic.
    Regards, Tom (USA)

  6. Allan Blossom says:

    Christopher , I would love to see the track plan for your Egypt layout .

  7. Paul Selwyn Otway says:

    Thanks Al, I noticed I mispelled grey. The steam lorry was quite cheap to buy as I found it in a second hand store. the model was made by LLedo. It is only just 1/76 scale.

  8. Rob McCrain says:

    That is great. An Egyptian layout with an Southern Pacific Train. I love it. The idea of a layout with a special flavor such as yours is an awesome idea. I wish I had thought of it. It’s great. Rob McCrain – Farland Howe

  9. bruce betters says:

    I really like the Egypt setting! really nice work on the obelisk and all the other structures as well! very realistic and different!

  10. Tom Lawton says:

    The thing about weathering is that it is intended to increase the realism. So the dirt patterns need to be appropriate.
    So dirt hands on the doors and tarpaulin, and especially around the wheels and mudguards. But the top of the tarpaulin would be cleaner. Depends how dirty the air would be, from local fallout from chimneys of factories and steam locos.
    Black on top, and muddy below. And the glass needs dirt to match, cleaned by the wipers.
    It’s all about the story.

  11. Skip L. says:

    Great imagination and creativity with that Egyptian style N gauge bed layout! Really enjoyable and quite startling to look at IMO!
    -But wow, aren’t all those pointy obelisks uncomfortable to sleep on??

  12. Daniel says:

    Really like always build it how you want it to be!

  13. skip says:

    i have n scale layout i got the track up no houses yet been working on it for 4yrs.
    i thought i would have something done but as anybody knows the wife always comes up w/ something elese.
    like a 12 x 20 shed and then she wanted a screen-in-room. and thats where im at know .
    ‘from what i have seen on weathering it looks great for what ever the peoied is.

Leave a Reply

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