Rob finishes his layout extension

“Hi Al

Thought you might like these photos of my rebuild of Amberton its still very much a work in progress.


(Images are clickable)


Here is the last and final part of my series about the second Farland expansion. I am glad to be done with construction so I can get back to the business of running trains. Thanks much.

All the best,


Latest ‘ebay cheat sheet’ is here

Short and sweet today folks – I’ve got a gazillion things to do… Lots more next time though.

(You may have missed this post last month).

That’s it for today.

Please do keep ’em coming. My inbox looks sparse and desolate at the mo.

And if today is the day you get started on your layout, the Beginner’s Guide is here.



PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

21 Responses to Rob finishes his layout extension

  1. Both Kevin and Rob have done very well, like the viaduct Kevin has included in the layout with the curve effect, and Rob has mastered that incline and sidings …nice jobs all round

  2. builder Kim says:

    very nice layout.may I ask does those signal’s with arm’s work or are they static.was thinking of making some.

  3. Thomas Meleck says:

    Nice job. I loved the “smoke” in your steamer. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Lee Barry says:

    very nice especially the via duct. I am not critizing, but do you not “super elevate your out side rails. Maybe they are and the camera angle doesn’t show it clearly enough. Any way you are doing a good job. Wish I had the money,patience,health,sight, and time to do it. That is why I had my Z scale layout built for me.

  5. Peter Jones says:

    two great looking layouts Kevin and Rob. Kevin I am very impressed with the viaduct a great modelling success. Rob you have really done the incline exceptionally well, looking forward to the next episode. Keep it going boys.

    Pete the Mackem.

  6. James Ilecki says:

    Does anyone out there have a layout using Life-like power loc track with turn outs and switches?

  7. chris says:

    very nice layout

  8. Ray says:

    I love your posts keep up

  9. paul Otway says:

    very nice layout.

  10. THOMAS says:


  11. thanks for sharing your talents…have learned a lot just from watching..once again,i will be applying what i have learned to my first O scale basement empire….

  12. Rod Mackay says:

    Love the viaduct scene on Amberton, genuinely looks like the valley was just there and that’s what they had to do, great stuff.

  13. Dick Walter says:

    It’s always a good idea to avoid reverse curves. For example, on the left hand passing siding, a right-hand turnout at the end closest to the viewer, would have eliminated the reverse curve and given you a much longer siding. If you have to use a eeverse curve, the straight section between the curved part of the turnout and the curved part of the siding should be longer than your longest car.

  14. Paul B 60 says:

    Absolutely delightful rusting and grime on the steel overbridge and corrugated workmans’ shed, VERY GOOD, Well done

  15. i have a layout using power loc track and switches. I copied a layout I liked and fitted it to the board I was using. I used SCRAM a railroad planning software where they present sample layouts. You’re hampered because of lack of special track and crossovers, but you can buy Bachmann track and switch back and forth tween track using the conversing track that they sell with jut track clips at the end.
    I hope this helps you’

    Arnie in sunny Florida.

  16. Jim says:

    Nice stuff. Thank you both for sharing.

    Jim AZ

  17. Gerry says:

    Greta job by both Kevin and Rob. Rob got his trains up and running fairly quickly when you consider the major task he undertook.

  18. Lee Barry, CEO LZPMRR says:

    getting better.

  19. Old Ben says:

    One word BEAUTIFUL

  20. Gary Mitchell says:

    Looking good Rob
    Regards Gary

  21. Frank says:

    Nice to see two railroads being developed and growing into something.

    To Kevin, I find that little shed with the curved or domed roof very interesting and realistic looking.

    And to Rob, I liked you video and the trains looked great running on your clean looking layout.

    Frank in Orlando

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