More railroad pics and tips


Put together a few tips I have developed for populating the towns and cities in our little railroad world.

First, I couldn’t hold the HO people for painting (pre-painted are expensive!!) so I came up with the idea of gluing them to a scrap piece of styrene, when done they pop right off for attachment to their new home on a sidewalk, park bench or waiting for a train.

(All images are clickable.)

Next, I needed Fireplugs or Hydrants – I took a piece of the spru-trees that plastic kit parts come on and flattened the ends with a soldering iron, then cut them off the tree, glued them to styrene and painted them.

Finally, my son says my forests are too healthy! They need some dead trees. So I painted a some wire-rapped tree armatures and didn’t put any greenery on them, one is dropped it in front of the burned out factory.

John, USA”

“Hi Al.

Jim here in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada.

About 2 years ago, I tried several times sending you a video of my model train layout, but not being very computer savvy at the time, it was not a successful endeavour.

(Jim did send some pics, which are here.)

To summarise, it is a 12’x14’ HO scale layout with 14 sound equipped operating locos of which I can run 9 at the same time if I can keep my wits about me.

It is a Lentz DCC setup with 4 plug-in controllers & 1 cordless phone controller, internal building lighting, 34 turnouts & various powered accessories.

So, without further ado, lets see if this video gets through.

Keep up the great pics & videos & always informative tips.


Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

That’s all for today, folks. A big thanks to Jim and John.

And don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide if you want your day dreams to become your pride and joy.



17 Responses to More railroad pics and tips

  1. Cary says:

    John’s tips for details are very well crafted ideas. Jim’s layout and trains are Awesome. Model railroading really is a fun and great hobby.

    Cary B Maryland USA

  2. Mal In Wales says:

    Superb Jim!

  3. Lee says:

    Jim, great layout, really nice detail and lots of action; I real inspiration! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Greg says:

    IMPRESSIVE !!!!!! Great layout and video, Jim.

  5. Robert Brady says:

    Thank goodness for patience for i have none. I buy from china ready painted,cheap.may take 5 weeks but lord knows i got the time ( Retired ) lol! Our fire hydrants here are yellow,some green caps some red.

  6. David Schaffner says:

    Nice layout, and I may add for someone who is not computer savvy, you did a real nice job. Bravo’, seemingly, patience does pay off. Love the idea that you have cabooses on all your trains. For some begotten reason, modern day trains have abandoned the caboose……Lookin’ for more video of a great layout…

  7. Johnny says:

    Really great, you have done a really good job. Keep up the Great Work

  8. Allan K Blossom says:

    Any chance you have layout drawing of track and switch placement ? Video is awesome and thought provoking .

  9. christine says:

    Very nice layout. Cool HO.

  10. Bob in USA says:

    Yep, I too have no patience to paint N scale people, so I await my delivery from China, $5 for 100 people painted. They are late arriving; I hope Pres T isn’t holding them hostage in the tariff war.

  11. Jim says:

    Great layout with good use of space, Jim.

    Thanks for the neat tips John.

    Jim AZ

  12. Allan Jelinek says:

    Man “o” Man Jim….. Awesome layout.

  13. Woody Woodgate says:

    Hey Jim, Very nice layout and your video is also nice. All I can say is impressive!
    Still working on my layout. Woody here in Texas.

  14. Dennis Koppo says:

    Really nice videography!!

  15. Ian McDonald says:

    great layout good to see trains running. nice how to thanks for sharing.

  16. Tom says:

    Outstanding, May I ask where you acquired or how you built the grain elevators/loaders. Truely Midwest! —I’m doing something similar?
    Many thanks in advance.

  17. David Wibbels says:

    A really outstanding layout ! I loved it.

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