Stephen’s railroad layout

“Hi Al

Once again I have been inspired by the latest pictures and in my efforts to create a fairly reasonable attempt at realism with off the shelf items and a lot of patience I have started the through station, here are few photos of progress to date again it is not finished.

I have been pleased with the results, the station canopies are Wills Kits and while fiddly to assemble and to paint this takes many hours they do look credible in my view. Hope everyone likes them and there are more to come as progress continues albeit at a slow pace!

The ballast either side of the foam underlay is a mix of the cheap to buy scatter blended then some coal and other rubbish strewn about, some tweaks still to be done such as sleeper walkways and paths and weeds etc









Here’s a few more photos… there’ll be a few panoramic after I resize them. Please add to your post that the layout has been dismantled and that there are no videos – just lots of photos. When I get things up and going again in the basement of our new house & get everything unpacked, I’ll find the layout plan & send a copy of it to you.










the Harbour

Bob’s layout was featured on the previous post if you missed it. It caused quite a stir.

A big thanks to Steve too. It’s a fantastic work in progress and pleasing to hear he finds this site is inspiring. I’m encouraged to go on! And a big thanks to everyone who has commented on this too.

Please keep ’em coming.



PS The very latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

21 Responses to Stephen’s railroad layout

  1. Walter Szostek says:

    Nice Nice Nice well I am in the process of building a ho layout and I am getting some great ideas I am a disabled vet and homebound and I love model railroading my layout is a in the beginning stage I am running 2 trains one diesel and one steam 0-6-0. Thanks for some great Ideas

  2. Tom says:

    Communication, inspiration, motivation; supported by trial and error stumbling blocks to stepping stones are the items needed in making a model railroad to your liking. You guys and all the people who continue to contribute to this wonderful site is what makes it all possible.

    And now Al, I could never be able to pay you back for all that you have given to me. All those contributing to this site have given.

    I thank you

    Happy Father’s Day! and the First day of Summer. USA Sunday, June 21, 2015
    best regards,

  3. Bob Tucker says:

    The buildings and layout are superb! Love the trains station and grain elevator…sweet!

  4. Rob McCrain says:

    If you get it perfectly right the first time, you did something wrong. Trial and error, learning from mistakes, it is all a part of railway modeling. Love the layout.

  5. pete freestone says:

    that’s a nicun

  6. tim dorsey says:

    like your ideas, I am replacing my train table in my home, have since moved to my new location just don’t know where to put it….spare bedroom …is my first choice, but no room for a full size table 4×8,,,,,

  7. wow really nice layout
    keep it runnin fellas

  8. Ron says:

    Thanks Al for this web I look forward to this every day. Its great. Ron

  9. Wayne Seidel says:

    What gauge is Steve’s layout? It looks like US G scale.

  10. Richard A Sommery-Gade says:

    What blows me away is the realism in the rock walls with the shrubs growing out the layers. Add that to the ground in and around the tracks rocks. Some of the rolling stock is excellent in the aging detail, however it makes the new stock and stations stand out as simply a new model. Great work overall that shows the attention to detail that few achieve.

  11. Edward says:

    GREAT JOB!!!

  12. Charles says:

    Too cool for words

  13. paul Otway says:

    Great layouts

  14. John Parker Clayton, CA says:

    Very nice detail and modeling on both… keep up the good work…
    Best, John P Clayton CA

  15. Bob Miller says:

    It is always a pleasure to see other model train layouts because it not only gives me new ideas but also let’s me know how other folks are working on their layouts. I really liked Bob’s layout for the detail. Great job!

  16. steve masters says:

    Hi this is Steve, to answer the question about scale it is British OO scale.
    This is meant to be a part finished project to show progress and hopefully more to come as it progresses and becomes more realistic. One of the challenges is with a Roundy Roundy type layout is how to get people and traffic into the various areas such as car parks, engine sheds, stations, workshops, etc but its great fun thinking about it!!

  17. Dave Raedeker says:

    Great job, thanks for sharing with us.


  18. Fred says:

    Layout looking good Steve….

    Might inspire me to get back to mine in the Autumn…

  19. Stephen D Gispanski says:

    Hi Stephen, and everyone else,
    Great R.R. table, very nice job on your lay out. It looks to me that some of your peaces have time on their side and other peaces have and look like they are brand new. That’s what I meant by time on there side. As time goes by your new peaces will look like your old peaces. Lol, I can look in a mirror and see time has gone by on me. Lol . keep up the dream and do your thing. Hats off
    S.D. G. From fare over the big pond

  20. Gary M from Long Island says:

    Steve….more than credible…….the station is outright fantastic……great detail.
    Now add some people and make it come alive.

  21. Dave says:

    A great setup,where do you get those grey and white tiles in the depot?

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