HO scale J class N&W steam locomotive

John’s been back in touch. This time with a pic of his HO scale J class N&W steam locomotive.

He’s had some ‘digital’ fun, and added some steam using some software.

I have to say, it’s remarkable how much the steam changes the pace of the pic:

(his last post is here).


Just a quick one.

Got the photo-shop program fired up and worked on the N&W J Class #600, built in 1942, in the railway’s own Roanoke Shops, in Virginia.

This restored loco is pulling a railfan trip with the Powhattan Arrow in tow through the home mountains the J’s were built for.

Man, when the imagination gets going…

John From Baltimore”

HO scale J class N&W steam locomotive

“Hi Alastair,

I’ve been lurking on your emails for a while, and thought I should send you a taste of what I’ve been working on – a fictional layout in a much-too-small space that sorta represents the railway line between Barchester and Winter Overcotes in the Angela Thirkell novels.

It is set in the late 40’s, probably, so there might be some BR stuff along with GWR and even some LSWR and Southern stuff with varying degrees of run-down-ness.

I’m located in California so that I have to get all the stock from eBay or the various mail-order stores. This picture is of an ancient Hornby 14xx pulling a couple of 4-wheel kit coaches with the interior roughly modeled and painted and with an assortment of figures sitting in it.

If you are interested I’ll send some other pics.


model railway

Yes, Roland. We’d love to see some more.

Now on to Don:

“Just finished building what is going to be a small layout… only 40”wide and 9’ long.

Had to check out how the first thing on it would look !!

Thanks, appreciate your time and trouble for making our life easier !!!

Don, Waxahachie, Texas”

HO scale cardstock farm barn

The above may perplex some of you. Why would I post a pic of a tabel and one solitary model?

Simple – it’s because it’s what counts: making a start.

And of course, Don’s model is made from the printable buildings, which you can see here and there’s more here.

A big thanks to John for sharing his HO scale J class N&W steam locomotive, and to Roland and Don.

That’s all for today folks.

Please do keep ’em coming.

And if today is the day you get started on your layout, the Beginner’s Guide is here.



PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

PPS More HO scale train layouts here if that’s your thing.

6 Responses to HO scale J class N&W steam locomotive

  1. Kathe & Frank, Miami, Florida says:

    Roland’s ballasting looks great! The greenery is very well done. More pics please Roland.

  2. Wm althaus says:

    It’s great to see all three of the posters work. As John from Baltimore said …Imagination… it’s something we all have an abundance of. I’d like to see more of the work from all three. Bill in Virginia

  3. So impressive, Your attention to detail is amazing. I have to agree with the others, it is like you teased us with the three pictures. We want to see more of your work.

  4. Thanks for the last photo, I have been having trouble getting started myself.

  5. Lee in Reedsport, OR. says:

    Is there a “Ranch” style house available?

  6. Tony, Kitty Hawk NC says:

    Three great photos in one post! And they illustrate what this group is all about. Lots of people at different levels, but all enthusiasts- getting inspired by each other. As always, thanks Al!.

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