Rich’s model railroad construction pics

I’m starting today with a plea for help.

It appears somebody is ripping me off.

I keep seeing pics from this blog, appear on his.

I’ve mailed the chap, but haven’t had the courtesy of a reply.

I’ve been advised to compile a list of all the pics he’s using from my site.

So if you’re ever browsing the web, and you see some pics that look very familiar, please do get in touch with me (just hit reply to any of my mails).

I would be very grateful for any help.

Now back to business.

Rich has been back in touch.

If want to see his ‘finished’ pics, they are here.

“Here is how my 4 x 8 looked while it was under construction.

Progress photos are never pretty but they give great insight in how a layout is built.

One question from the last time my 4 x 8 was featured was what happens when I have a derailment. Any type of open frame work will provide good access to the problem from below.

One technique I used was to draw over one of my photos to see what might be.

There was one spot where I was not sure on how it should look so I used the Paint program in my desktop to electronically build several versions of the same scene.

It took less time and money than actually replacing scenery I didn’t like.

The process was enjoyable and I was able to compare the different printed versions side by side.

I have used this technique several times while I designed my 3rd division railroad.

Just remember that this doesn’t have to be fine art. It is only a way to see and show others what is in your head.

The last photo shows one idea for the double deck backdrops and framing for the 3rd division.

It is to be a very large model railroad so I want to have a clear build concept in place to get it running as soon as possible.


HOn3 Well corner idea.

“Hi Al

I am sharing some photo’s of my layout not to show that I have started my layout, or to report on its progress, but to share an experience that makes this hobby really enjoyable.

I have a 5 year old granddaugther, to whom I was explaining the layout of my model railway.

I mentioned that there will be a canal as a central feature. And I will need to create some water for it.

She decided to make some water by using blue crayon on bits of paper. She would go away and then return with more and more bits until the canal was full.

The magical bit was when I suggested that she could put one of the boats on her water, her eyes lit up.

I then mentioned that I am going to make some trees for the layout and thus I now have trees.

I have also been adding some Langley animals which I paint and add to the layout and without telling her.

When she does find them she comes down very excitedly and drags Grandma up to show her.

Sometimes the magic is not only the layout.

By the way I have no idea how the sheds got there.



“I thought I would give you an update on the progress of dismantling my layout.

Here are two pictures showing why you should use open gridwork not tables for mountain scenes. It is not easy to work on or repair a scene after scenery is applied.

It is hopeless to save track if it has been glued down. Since plaster cloth was used over risers, I was able to pull it off. I also added a riser backwards to reduce the slope.

There were scenes that I could save and structures. Everything was mounted on roller tables. Three tables shown.

One table was saved. It needed to be lowered for the new bylevel plan. Casters were added. then the legs were shortened. A car jack was used to support and lower the table. Adjustable pads were added. The window shown was blocked before. The new plan will not block it and allow light from it.

Now that everything’s on wheels a new floor will be installed, and then I will start the new layout.


That’s all for today folks.

A big thanks to Don, Dereck and Rich.

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

And if you can help me out with my little ‘problem’, please do get in touch. Just hit return to any of my mails.



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PPS Got a question you need answered? Have a look at the forum.

11 Responses to Rich’s model railroad construction pics

  1. Colin edinburgh says:

    Hi Al. It’s quite a problem you have re copyright of your site. In my experience it has been very difficult to stop a third party. Even if you can find out who is hosting the site unless there are comments about an individual that are threatening or could cause distress the company hosting a site are very very reluctant to remove or ban that site.
    I would suggest that if you can find the person involved that you as him to stop using your pictures. If that fails then you could perhaps ask them to credit your site with having provided the photos. At least that would advertise your site. The individuals who originally sent in the photos could also contact the site and ask them to remove their photos.

    I hope you get this sorted

  2. Robert Brady says:

    Don as I said in the past generally speaking .Why would one use fine wood to create frame work for there layout? It is mostly hidden anyway.. Knotty 1×2’s or if you have to knotty 2×4’s chip board for the platform and cheap drywall / sheet rock screws. A piece of 4×8 marine ply is going for 206.00 a sheet . Even if you could afford it Why ? All to be at some point demolished. Just a thought to ponder …
    The Critic

  3. Graham Smith says:

    I know all too well what grandchildren can be like, what are the long term plans for the canal? Will the hand crafted current version remain? I suppose the next step will be tuition in the delicate art of pouring resin!
    Thinking about it a bit more I’d do my best on the rest of the layout but proudly keep the existing canal and tell all who asked how it came to be there.

  4. Ted Rothstein says:

    Very unique! Nice

  5. Erick says:

    Pretty Kool.!!!!

  6. Welder dave says:

    What really helps stop people using your photos is to watermark them I do that with any photo I share out here Even after asking people not to share a picture I have sent them it’s showed up on the net later !

  7. Gerald Edgar says:

    Great to see such detail beheath the layout – tks!@

  8. Calvin Kaufmann says:

    I like seeing the substructure construction. That is an important aspect to a layout. My layout is just in the bare planning stages and I really do appreciate the time and effort that is shown on this site.
    Too bad about the plagiarism without the acknowledgement of the true creator or the photographs.

  9. Robert Brady says:

    Calvin : u must be new I respected and acknowledge him when he show us the original finished layout awhile ago , it was exceptional great construct.
    When he demolished the layout and then and only then did i see the underlayment and suggested that everyone doesn’t need to use expensive cuts of wood.
    Understand what you read Sir .

  10. Robert Tanner says:

    Hello. This goes out to all the model train folks and builder`s I have been seeing on here. I learn quite a bit just seeing or watching ya`lls video`s. I am building currently my FIRST H-O layout. I will be running two lines. One running in a different direction of the other. Currently, I have my track all hooked up, and I am building a LIFT bridge I am not wired up just of yet either. It started out as a 4×8 , BUUT quickly morphed into something BIGGER. My main question is this. HOW does one go about getting their layout shown to other`s on here ? I am not a computer ” nerd ” and I am pretty much old fashioned. Is their an address that I could send pictures to ? Thank you for any responses. Cordially, Robert Tanner

  11. Gary M from Long Island says:

    Rich…..I tried that with Paint……what a great idea. But you have to be careful how you change the objects in your picture and the boarders.

    Derrick….great start.

    Don…….welcome to the club….most of the time, we all learn the hard way.

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