O scale scenery

Bill’s been in touch with some stunning O scale scenery:

“Hello Al and fellow modelers!

It’s been a while since I sent in an update on my O Scale layout.

I’ve been busy working on the layout and I’m getting close to having all major work completed on it. I’m hoping to find another show soon and take it on the road again.

Recently I built a square water tank kit and have been working on other scenic details in the On30 service area.

This is a late 40’s early 50’s era on a logging road that is still cutting and hauling first growth timber from the Appalachian Mountains in the Easter US.

This service area is tucked into the side of mountain and is fairly rustic. I wanted to give a feel that it’s a busy area and seed a lot of trains going through.

I have included a number of pictures showing the area. Much of the figured I have put in place this last weekend.

In the near future I will send in a video of engines working this area of the layout but I still have some more details to add in first then I’ll give the track a good clean and run my logging engines.

All the best!

Bill in Virginia”

o scale scenery

o scale engine shed

o scale yard

o scale engine shed

o scale bbq

o scale horse cart

o scale scenery

o scale scenery

o scale scenery

o scale scenery

o scale scenery

A huge big thanks to Bill – I think it’s fitting to say his layout is stunning – I’m really looking forward to see his next video.

Now a really quick video from Bonkers John.

The printable buildings I’m asked most about are the engine sheds.

So I thought it would be fun/helpful to do a super quick video how-to.

(You can grab the engine sheds here.)

If you want to watch the full length version, with Bonkers John at full throttle, It’s here.

That’s all for today folks.

Please do keep ’em coming, it’s still ghostly quiet this end.

And if today is the day you poke boredom in the eye and get started on your layout, the Beginner’s Guide is here.



PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

32 Responses to O scale scenery

  1. barry says:

    Some of the best looking trees I have ever seen 🙂

  2. Sparky says:

    What a stunning impeccably detailed layout. Wow. Good on you and worth all the hard work.

  3. James says:

    Fantastic, Bill!

  4. Brian Messenger says:

    Bill, Al’s comment on your layout is more than stunning, it is fantastic. Looking forward to seeing the video of it.
    Brian – the HOn3 guy from Knysna RSA

  5. Tony Honeyman says:

    Nice Details, Bill! That’s what makes a layout more than a layout. It makes it have a personality. And yes, a video would be nice. Tony from the Carolinas

  6. Robert Brady says:

    Super photog love the nostalgic scenes. A video would be in order Bill .

    The critic

  7. Jeffrey B Gainsborg says:

    Magnificent layout! Those sure are some plump hot dogs

  8. Stephen Hill says:

    That is stunning , quite amazing . Remarkable even . I’m perplexed , I try to capture that realism , but certainly pale in comparison, it’s simply amazing what you have done

  9. Brian Olson says:

    Proof yet again how detail in small scenes make such a huge difference. Very nice.

  10. Leatherstocking says:

    Excellent realism and well peopled layout. It encourages me to do better. Bravo!!

  11. Boyd says:

    Bill, your YouTube videos have been a great source of inspiration for me as I work on my layout. Fantastic!

  12. Rob McCrain says:

    Bill, I really enjoyed seeing the wonderful scenes you created on your layout. Each one tells a story and sends my imagination on a journey into the stories suggested by the scenes. Great modeling. Rob McCrain

  13. Jeff says:

    That is absolutely amazing detail. Excellent workmanship.
    Gives me some ideas for my layout. Which I’m just starting.

  14. John Bullock says:

    Bill, others here have expressed in words better than I. Keep up the great work… it inspires all of us to do better!

  15. George Zaky says:

    What a shiny morning to wake up to Big Al’s blog & see you in it. Coffee and a visual treat -it dont get better’n that. Your layout is astounding.
    Take the scene with the engine half way in the shed. The corners of the brick building are perfect, the structure joints are precision, the “Stuff” around the place is just right and the people make it alive. My reaction is- How the hell did he do that?
    Are these in O scale?
    Love the picnic & checkers- again there is no hint that these are models -HTHDHDT? (see above)
    I say ” welcome back.” to you and we cant thank you enough for your contributions. Please keep it up.
    Big Al
    A fine mess you got us into- Olly

  16. Jeff Kehrer says:

    Fantastic detail!!!!

  17. Jerry Treich says:

    WOW! Great scenery modeling!

  18. Jeff in Seattle says:

    Oh My Gosh! This is amazingly nice work.

  19. Kevin McArdle says:

    Detail and realism to equal George Sellios. Beautiful craftsmanship, thanks for sharing with us mere mortals.

  20. KenG says:

    I fantastic “slice of life” from a bygone time! Love it!

  21. Charlie Muller says:

    Extremely impressive!

  22. william j plmer says:


  23. Regel Bisso says:

    I have never seen such an incredibly realistic layout

  24. John Birch says:

    Absolutely stunning! A layout to be truly proud of.

  25. Glenn Dean Holden says:

    What more can anyone say- it is fantastic!!

  26. Roger Turner says:

    You should be ashamed , taking pictures of the real thing and trying to pass them off as models.

    Hands down, one of the best I have seen.

    Roger in Kansas

  27. Gary M from Long Island says:

    Bill…….. really beautiful work……..

  28. robert dale tiemann says:

    very nice, good attention to detail.

  29. Ed Ford says:

    a very impressive layout !!!!!

  30. Will in NM says:

    Bill, it’s always a delight to see your latest work. Where do you find all those figures to create the detail scenes in your layout? Do you make your own?

    Thanks for sharing!

  31. Paul J J. Solari says:

    I concur with everything that these people have said
    It’s better than a movie layout…. Impeccably realistic with excellent colors and decor……. This something that I’ve been working on but after seeing this it would be like comparing the Sun to a flame. Awesome layout buddy. Just AWESOME 👏 👏👏👏👏👏

  32. Wayne Andrus says:

    What fantastic model railroading. This layout is truly a sensitive work of art!
    I am light years away from building anything close to this.
    Great job.

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