Scratch build brewery

Larry’s been back in touch with his scratch build brewery.

You may remember him from his Abingdon and Crane railroad:

“Here are a few Abingdon & Crane RR pictures. Notice the Beatles crossing Main St.

Scratch built also is the “old” barn on the recent farm, again from photos.

I built the farm in my kitchen and dropped it into place, making it removable if necessary.

The railroad is partly fueled by beer and the church-like brewery building is also an early scratch build.

Terrapin Station is a scratch build as is the oil pump jack.

One of the best ways to photograph a layout is to use a “real” digital camera on a tripod with a long exposure and as small an aperture as possible. This gives much greater depth of field.


scratch build brewery

model railroad crane

model railroad mainstreet

model railroad

model railroad corner

model railroad corner with scenery

You can see a lot more of Larry’s Abingdon and Crane railroad.

A big thanks to Larry!

His brewery project reminded me of John’s:

“Hi Al,

I’ve recently completed a brewery on my HO Scale layout, which serves as a major rail customer receiving boxcar loads of barley malt and shipping finished beer in iced refrigerator cars. It is located in the town of Manchester, and was the final structure to “complete” the original shelf layout.


You can see all of John’s HO scale brewery project here.

That’s all for today folks.

Please do keep ’em coming.

And please don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide is here if you want to get going on your own model railroad adventure.



PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

12 Responses to Scratch build brewery

  1. Very impressive Larry …well done

  2. Robert Brady says:

    Larry: Nice active little town love those type of scenes Nice job
    Show a Video.
    The Critic

  3. John D. says:


    good job!

  4. Rob McCrain says:

    Larry, You have created some very interesting scenes for your railroad. Great job.
    Rob McCrain

  5. Marklin ed. USA says:

    Great to see the Beatles on a layout. Nice details.keep sending pictures.

  6. Bob Amling says:

    Great buildings Larry! Thanks for the photography tip. Now where did I put that camera.
    Bob in horse country NJ

  7. Mark T. Pianka says:

    Great Brewery! Layout is sharp Larry.

  8. Duane Trowbridge says:

    Thanks for the photos, especially the old barn, I’m 74 and the picture of the David Bradley garden tractor took me back to my childhood. I was raised on a small farm in Indiana and we had one like that only it was red with a cultivator on the back. I used it a lot of times in our truck patch as Dad called our garden. Thank you and and Mr. Allister for everything on this site.

  9. Jim AZ says:

    Nice. Like the town scenery and the buildings. Was wondering what you used to make the rock strata, ceiling tile? I used it for my layout.

    Jim AZ

  10. Erick says:

    Looks pretty kool. Keep up the good work.

  11. Dave McElwain says:

    So much to appreciate about your layout. I especially like to see all the scratch built structures, adds a dimension of uniqueness. Your humor is also a hoot! Big yellow bomb. Nice nod to The Grateful Dead as well.

  12. Ken R says:

    Larry, I second Duane Trowbridge’s comments. My days of “David Bradley “ go back to late 50’s early 60’s. Northampton, Mass. I was still in O gauge Lionel. Have put a Bradley push plow on a N scale winter scene for the family room holidays. We had the turning plow, drag harrow, stand on lawn roller, and of course the push plow for snow. We added a 6 vdc headlamp and the battery counter balanced the plow but the reverse drive kit put me in hog heaven for plowing neighbors drives for “some real” cash back in the day.
    Larry, keep keeping on! Great builds!

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