Scenery pics – without the ‘how to’



The Flying Scotsman payed Sherwood central a visit hauling a semi fast express.

Its trip to Sherwood central was a trial run to see if locos of the 4-6-2 wheel arrangement can operate on the line.


And now – an apology.

I get sent gazillions of mails, so the truth is, lots slip through the cracks.

But looking through my inbox today, I found the below, and looked at the pics. And then it hit me: these pics came with a ‘how to’, and I missed it.

So I thought, I’d publish, and hopefully, Tom will be kind enough to send the ‘how to’ in (he’s been in a number of posts, like this one).

Anyhow, here is Tom’s mail and pics:

“Just wondering if you posted the article that I sent you?


Stunning pics – I so hope Tom gets my email and sees this. How I missed it is beyond me.

Have a peek a the ‘ebay cheat sheet before you go. Lots of deals at the mo.

That’s your lot for today.

Please do keep ’em coming though.

And if today is the day you take the first steps on your very own layout, the Beginner’s Guide is here.



PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

41 Responses to Scenery pics – without the ‘how to’

  1. john creasey says:

    lovely layout Tom

  2. Rob Billing says:

    Hi all, good looking photo’s And i for one would like to see the “how to”

  3. Len Ballosh says:

    Great pics – like the one with the barn/shed with the interior – excellent detail and I too would like to see the ‘how to’s.

  4. Willie Kerr (Glasgow) says:

    Hi Tom, great pictures of a very realistic layout. Wish I had your skills!!

  5. william says:

    Brilliant, Lets hope Tom does give us the HOW TO.
    Al your site is A1 keep it up. Regards William

  6. Ed Clark says:

    I really like the aged and used look of his scenery. As a note from a loyal fan and I know most are HO but still I wish you would mention the scale for
    these outstanding layouts.

  7. MIKE,Seattle WA says:

    Right downtown in the redlight district wo wo

  8. Jeff D, says:

    Great pics! Hope to get the how to.

  9. Roland Burch says:

    Great pictures and detail.

  10. Worth the rewind Al

  11. Lee Barry/ CEO L"Z"PMRR says:

    Also great pics. I especially like the “red light” district. On my layout the guy who made it, a Jim O’Connell of Santee,Ca. put a “madam of the night”, oh crap a durn whore standing on my train station. Seems as tho Jim is like me with a sense of humor, altho wierd sometimes. When people view my layout, by the way is viewable on in the gallery , I telll them I no longer have to go out “looking” as I have it right here on my layout. Ha Ha. Again excellent looking layout. Lee Barry CEO L”Z”PMRR ( LeeZ Po’ Mans” Rail Road), Bristol,Va.

  12. chris says:

    lovely photos, very inspirational, please keep ’em coming

  13. Dave Sandell says:

    What scale are the buildings that are posted on this page

  14. Andy says:

    wow great detail

  15. Arnie Steiner says:

    Hey Tom — Very impressive modeling skills! And as others have noted, the “red light” district brings in a very ‘colorful’ and eye-catching scene. (Would that be On30 scale?)


  16. Herb Roberson says:

    VERY nice layout!

  17. Love the couple kissing on the upstairs landing!

  18. paul Otway says:

    Hi Dave my scale is OO scale as is the MIDLAND GREAT CENTRAL JOINT RAILWAY.

    Glad you liked the photos.

    Paul otway

  19. THOMAS says:


  20. kenn says:

    Truly envious of such fine work.

  21. Rob M says:

    Really spectacular. Love the house of ill repute. 😉

  22. Rod Mackay says:

    Took me ages to find suitable homes for a set of HO lady naturists, which were a present from my better half, at least it makes you put a little interior work into your buildings.

  23. Lucy Wain says:

    This is some of the best detail work I have seen yet! I got hooked helping my hubby! I do the detail work. I’m a graphic artist and he’s the technical end. I so hope Tom gets his email and sends the how-tos!!
    I really enjoy all your emails, Alistair! Keep them coming!!!

  24. dave says:

    LOL funny with the house of ill repute never seen that done before !!!

  25. Steven Rege says:

    Thanks Tom!
    And Al…. I agree, keep them coming…
    I’m building my layout, need you guys, four tracks and station ( O Gauge)


  26. Steve Fetzer says:

    realistic to memories as a kid in the 40’s and 50’s US. Thx

  27. Jim says:

    Great stuff. Wonderful detail. Impressive modeling.

    Jim AZ

  28. Linda says:

    Great pics. Wonderful details. Keep up the great work

  29. Craig Burton says:

    Hi Al,. You do A Great job for us railroaders! A really neat job Tom has done! His layout it’s cool as it gets. I would like throw something out there,it’s in my head that the buildings on the better layout, I will try on my next build, seems to get that look,do these guys use washes to color their buildings? I have tried toning down with alcohol and ink but it doesn’t look as good as others I’ve seen! Should I keep trying or use washes? Craig, other side of pond in Vermont

  30. Frank Goodman says:

    WOW! would love to see the “how to” Keep up the good work.

  31. Tom says:

    I realize this is a bit out of the norm, however may I request that Tom do an up date with vid or explanation on how he “ages” and weathers his layout. Maybe you could forward this request?

  32. Charles Hale says:

    I’d like to c more on how to make water , rapids , water falls and rivers. Thx

  33. Charles Hale says:

    Show me how to make rivers , water falls and rapids. Thx

  34. Franco428 says:

    Another candidate for the “Best Scenery of the Year.”

    The Red Light house was a great idea.

    The worker taking a nap under newspaper on the loading dock caught my eye too.

    With a layout like this, you can spend hours looking at the detail and not see the rolling stock move.

    Great job,

  35. Bob Brown says:

    Those last five pix from Tom are absolutely stunning!!! Every detail attended to! So many small people doing so many things – several taking the opportunity to nap. If that is all done in HO scale, it would be unbelievable.

  36. Robbie Lynn Kirk says:

    That is some of the best detail work i have seen. Someday i hope mine turns out nice.

  37. Robert Brady says:

    Great pics Tom But would like a broader perspective of the layout and type of loco’s your running.
    The Critic

  38. Craig Burton asked about weathering his buildings. I suggest that he check out the web tutorials of two modelers, Luke Towan and Jason Jenson, Both are superb modelers and very skilled at weathering and painting. Towan is easier to follow when weathering and Jensen, being an artist as well, likes to play with several unusual colors, some of which would surprise the average modeler.
    When I look for their vids, I type in the “search” window “model rr Luke Towan” and “model rr jason Jenson”. Up they pop, ready to teach.

    Have fun!

  39. Neal Jeffrey Perry says:

    Fabulous detail work!

  40. Greg Marples says:

    Golly, I had to go back and look for the house of ill repute you guys were talking about, I thought those were newlyweds or young people at a party or something. Shows what a sheltered life I’ve led! Missed the whole “red light” reference. The only time I ever saw those was on a visit to Copenhagen with my parents when I was 13. My big brother had to explain to me what those ladies were doing in the windows!

  41. william james palmer says:

    nice wprk

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