Phil’s WW1 railway update

Phil’s been back in touch – and what an update!

If you want to get up to speed, here’s his last post.

“Thought I would share an update on the WW1 railway (somewhere in southern England 1918). The last few weeks have been about details and in particular figures.

In the gun park you see gunners working on their railway gun and watching some squadies square bash

The airdrome has now got pilots mechanics and of course an O/C!

On the platforms I have added some propaganda posters

Finally we see the ambulance train unloading the wounded to ambulances that will be taking them to a temporary hospital to recover (the hospital is still under construction)

Finally you might see the MPs are “taking that mans name”

Oh I nearly forgot there is a new LSBC loco hauling some Royal Navy wagons

Best wishes


ww1 model railway

ww1 model railway

ww1 model railway

ww1 model railway

ww1 model railway

ww1 model railway

ww1 model railway

ww1 model railway

ww1 model railway

ww1 model railway

ww1 model railway

Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

A huge thanks to Phil – what an update!

That’s all for today folks.

Please do keep ’em coming.

And don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide is here, if you want to make 2021 the year when you stop dreaming, and start doing.



21 Responses to Phil’s WW1 railway update

  1. Steve Joyce says:

    I think that is a Leopold. A WW2 German rail gun

  2. David says:

    A first class we Railway there , well done Phil or is it Paul ? Happy New Year … Dangerous Dave

  3. Ron says:

    A rather unique theme for the railroad … and very well done, Paul. Thank you for sharing the great pictures and video.

  4. ole walt. says:

    paul alastair et al! i’m a 75yrs young brginning budding model railrpader! like many of you i got my first taste of railroading from a christmas gift of a lionel oguage set from my parents circa 1955 a steam loco i named ol’ betsy! she lasted un damaged about 40 yrs only dropped her once and broke a green diamond Something off the left side of the front cover. my railroading interest went dormant foranother 25 or 30 years!but then i worked withacouple of friends wo enkindled in me a strong interest in the hobby! thst started an intense desire tostart dreaming of building a model rr layout!i,i’ve succeeded in keeping that interest alive for another30 or so years, to date i have managed to decide on an ho scale chosen a layout, an purchased 51 ho engines 46 steam and 5 diesel. my jewels of my collection are arivarossi cab forward and a arivarossi heisler also an unfinished 3 truck shay! january of 1919 ihad a stroke theonly remaining issue from that event is ihave somehelacious tremors in my hands so detail work is frustratingihave bee blessed with a truly wonderful wife e who among too many things to mention here supports my model rRR interests! to the point of allowing me to subout getting alayput and frame work built! AND giving me a spare 11x 8 room for the layout!
    OKAY moving on from me AGIANT THANKYOU to Paul and alastair for Paul and you others who send in your videos and pix! you really encourage beginners like old me!oh yeah it’s good tosee what you other oldies have accomplished! you,ve given me greatideas on what i want onmy railrod! ihope to build alogging type layout!i,m living in the south so y’all are awesome!!’ole miss Walt’ i’ll post stuff when i have something to show evev ifit’s only an empty room!thanks again everyone ole walt.

  5. Peter Waring says:

    Paul, thanks for posting such a great layout, I love the era and the theme, a fitting tribute to all forces during WW1. The detail is fantastic, and covers a lot of aspects of that time.
    Regards, Peter…

  6. Cary B says:

    Hello Phil, Your layout is awesome, you certainly have history come alive. Early 20th century model railroad layouts are pretty rare here in the States.
    What a pleasure to wake up to this AM. Thanks for sharing and thanks to Al for posting

  7. Phil says:

    It’s Phil not Paul guys but I have been called a lot worst.

    The railway gun is produced by Oxford Rail here is some info on it

    The BL 18-inch railway howitzer was developed during World War 1, but did not actually enter service until 1920. Five guns and two complete pieces of equipment on railway wagons were produced but they were never fired in action, being stored after WW1.

    It will run but I have decided to use it as a static model as it needs some significant clearances to run

    Thanks for the comments

  8. Too Cool,I like it!!

  9. Charles Maxim says:

    Phil, what a great layout, well done. Being a model railroader, railfan and WW 1 history buff I really enjoyed your work. Thank you for sharing it, keep up the great work.
    Chuck M. USA

  10. Ken Seibert says:

    Happy New Year to each and every who read these postings,
    Phil, your WW1 layout is very good in detail and scenery. I hope you can add more track and scenery to the layout. Wonderful job. AL I must Thank You for all of your time and energy for posting all updates and new showings of the layouts and Info
    of how too’s for layouts, scenery, track additions or replacement’s and other usefulness information.

    God Bless, stay Safe be careful, as well.

  11. Mark T. Pianka says:

    Great Job!!!! Well done way to keep the memory alive of our past HEROs!!! GOD SPEED!!

  12. Brian Rockey says:

    Well done Phil, a superb layout with an interesting theme. Lovely modelling of buildings and scenery as well. Excellent.
    Brian, Wokingham, UK

  13. TJK says:

    I view every post and although there are so many well done…..
    This layout is really cool…..nice job!

  14. Jim AZ says:

    Very nicely done and quite unique. You’ve captured some history with some interesting scenery components one doesn’t usually see on a layout. Great job and thanks for sharing.

    Jim AZ

  15. Bill in Virginia says:

    Wonderful layout and your military pieces look fantastic!!!

  16. Gary M from Long Island says:

    Phil….Wow….what a great layout……….that really looks like it was and still is a lot of fun. I love the platform scene with the wounded warriors…….great job.

  17. Ken of Lakewood says:

    Way cool theme….

  18. Ruben Simon says:

    The groundwork in that first photo (with the airplane above the hill) is so real, I thought it was a snapshot of a real life area! Well done!!!

  19. Ross Johnston says:

    Thanks for sharing Phil! What an excellent model railway depicting WW 1 England. Cheers Rossco, Adelaide, Australia

  20. Berniedoc says:

    If there was smoke coming out of the engine stacks I would think the layout was real.

  21. Charles Eyster says:

    Absolutely, the single most creative, well developed layout that I have ever seen. I wasn’t even at all concerned or focused on the track layout or design. I was too transfixed on the scenes that you modeled. Absolutely superb job!
    I look forward to seeing it, if ever completed! It could only be improved with some building and overall weathering from the centuries of bog and coal burning in Great Britton.

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