N scale LED lights

Fred’s been back in touch with his N scale LED lights scene.

I think it looks absolutely stunning, so if you agree:

“Hi Al –

Sorry I didn’t get back to you – got distracted.

I’ve been pressed into service getting our house re-painted, gardens weeded and planted, and that sort of thing.

Now that most of my layout is done, I plan on nibbling at detailed improvements and embellishments during the cold season.

Having made my excuses, here are a few more pics.

All the best,


N scale LED lights

N scale LED lights

N scale LED lights

N scale LED lights

N scale LED lights

N scale LED lights

Stunning stuff from Fred as always.

I know I’ve said it before, but I’m still going to say it.

It’s always the layouts with a theme in mind from day one that turn out the best.

Fred’s layout is quite small, but because he was clear about what he wanted to model and why, it’s an absolute stunner, regardless of its size.

If you missed his last post, it’s here.

In my mind, there’s only one thing more important than having a theme for your layout, and that’s making a start.

Now on to Hall of Fame member, Dave:

“Hi Al,

just uploaded a video showing some very reasonable priced trees that I have added to the layout.

To make use of the old ones which were far too bright, I have show how to change them by just spraying with a tin of spray paint, which has transformed them in to something I can now use



A big thanks to Fred for sharing his N scale LED lights layout, and too Dave.

That’s all for today folks.

Please don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide is here if you want to get going on your own layout.



14 Responses to N scale LED lights

  1. Tim shirk says:

    Fred. You have amazing number of night lights. Tells us please how you have powered them. The track and trains are seperate from the lighting power sources?

  2. Bill Kennedy says:

    Dave, if they are too bright couldn’t you spray them with a dark green plastic paint?

  3. Robert Brady says:

    Freddy me Boy, The most realistic scenes i’ve ever set my eyes on, And it’s N scale too, Wow. Would love to see a Video
    The choppy water is awesome man.
    The Critic

  4. Robert Brady says:

    TO BILL K. Dave did paint them. It shows that in his video ! Dah.
    The Critic.

  5. Graham Smith says:

    I love layouts with lights for night operations and Fred’s is one of, if not the, best I’ve seen. I wish I could manage the lighting on my layout but just getting the trains to run has made the underside of the board into a real rats nest of wires. I also dabble with RC model boats and guess what – they are just the same inside. And bon’t get me started on the state my desktop!!
    Well done Fred on a real masterpiece.

  6. Kevin McArdle says:

    Dave, if they are too bright, spray with hair spray then dip into an appropriate ground cover material. Problem solved.

  7. Ruben Simon says:

    If I hadn’t seen that these night were photos were from Al’s railroad site, I’d never think they were anything but real “life-sized” pics from any other source. Fantastic stuff!

  8. Erick says:

    Neat.!!!!! I going to try a night time scenic on mine.

  9. I love the nite light scenes
    How did you prevent the lights of the buildings casting shadows on the backdrop?
    Great work!

  10. Terry Bird says:

    Would like to know how much time and expense do you have it this wonderful train layout? Looks great.

  11. Fred, that work is absolutely AMAZING!!!! I would LOVE to be able to see this layout in person!!! It’s jaw-dropping!!!

  12. Chris Warr says:

    Love the lighting, an amazing scene, thank you for sharing

  13. David Trigger says:

    I am an architect by profession & accustomed to the magnificent splendour of professional modelmaking. It’s spoilt me but the standard of these night scenes is indiscernible from the pro’s work imho. Brilliant. Well done !

  14. Morey says:

    Killer lighting

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