Model train station kits – Stephen’s

Stephen’s been in touch – he shows us what you can do with some model train station kits:

“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



model train station kits

model train station kits

model train station kits

model train station kits

model train station kits


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.


model railroad

model railroad disel service

model railroad harbor side

model railroad

model railroad

HO scale station

Ho scale Yard

ho scale yard2

HO scale 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 for sharing his model train station kits. It’s a fantastic work in progress and pleasing to hear he finds this site is inspiring. I’m encouraged to go on!

That’s all for today folks. Please do keep ’em coming.

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.

30 Responses to Model train station kits – Stephen’s

  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?

  22. Jim Robinson says:

    Great detail!

  23. Robert D. Bouskill says:

    Love the photo of the mogul

  24. James Maitland says:

    I marvel at the level of detail and the overall beauty all of your fans do, Al. It is a credit to your communications efforts that make this site so good and affective. Although I have many O, ho and some antique standard gauge I do not have space todo what you all build. I am a conductor at the B & O museum in Baltimore and with the exception of the ugly graffiti we have on many of our non operational everything I see here looks authentic.

    Bravo Zulu as we say in the Navy. Well Done

  25. Erick says:

    Nice.!!!! I going to make mine look something like that.

  26. charles eyster says:

    Please respond to these questions about this amazing layout: First, what are the black rectangles in between the tracks in picture #8? Are they prototypical of anything?
    Second, and most importantly, the burning question is about picture #12. The crossovers appear to be switches also? Or is this an optical illusion of the camera angle. Very excited to hear the response on this. If they are switches (turnouts), where did they come from, homemade? Thank you!

  27. Andrew Aves says:

    Just awesome Bob – Looking forward to more from you
    Andrew in Oz

  28. Mr. Ron from So Mississippi says:

    Charles’ The rectangular blocks on the tracks in photo 8 are uncoupling devices and the turnout in photo 12 is called a double slip switch.

  29. Mr. Ron from So Mississippi says:

    Al: What has happened to the “boy wonder, John”? He is a most enjoyable part of your blog.

  30. DERRIK LIEBERT says:

    Excellent, and very realistic looking. My compliments.

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