Stunning On30 layout

Tom’s been back in touch with his stunning On30 layout.

I think you’ll recognise it as soon as you see it.

Well, have a look at what he’s done now:

“Thank you all for the great comments you have made.

Will have shot of my On30 layout soon, while not complete it is now 99% done and I will try to post the latest sections on this site.

Should anyone be traveling in the Syracuse NY area please look me up and you can have a tour of the layout.

This I’m afraid is the last of the Narragansett RR, age has caught up with me, I’m proud to say that I have been in Narrow Gauge Gazette 3 times, twice in MR, twice in MRC and many other publications.

Tom Pres. CEO and mostly Janitor Naragansett RR”

model railroad on30

old town on30 layout

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1920s model railroad on30

on30 layout model railroad scrap yard

on30 layout model railroad old cabin

model train shelf layout

model railroad old shak

modle railroad tramp

model railroad carriage cafe

model train hot dog

model train people

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on30 layout train gang

on30 train layout work gang

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on30 model train shelf layout

model train chain gang

A huge big thank you to Tom for sharing his stunning On30 layout.

Some layouts just have bags of character and this is certainly one of them.

Hope you enjoyed his pics as much as I did.

That’s all for today folks.

Please do keep ’em coming – it’s still jolly rather quiet this end.

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



PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

29 Responses to Stunning On30 layout

  1. Harold Payne says:

    Hat’s off to your creativity and style.
    This certainly is a layout for the ages
    in this scale.

  2. David says:

    Super work I’m very impressed .. what are finishing touches , back scenic views Where not yet completed and maybe track distressing .. pity saw no trains 🤞🏻maybe post some more pics

  3. orion says:

    Wow … frankly more of an HO slot car ‘Aurora Model Motoring’ guy … wanting to integrate an HO train, if only I can find the once sold, car track with the HO train track crossing. But love the ‘trashy’ unkempt scenery … looks so raw, and real, that I had to remind myself, this is a train layout .. a hobby. I could almost smell the old small town air … of the various ‘poke n plum’ towns of America. “Just poke your head out of the window, and you are plum out of town!” I close my eyes and can hear the sounds, of the chain gang, listening to the people chat standing in line at the diner …. Well Done!

  4. Brian Olson says:


  5. Will in NM says:

    Wow Tom! You must have had a lot of fun creating all those scenes and scratch-built structures. I’m not sure I’d call this a train layout as the only train I saw was the locomotive on the turntable in the first picture. 🙂 Still, very nice work that reminds me of Dave Sellios’ Franklin and Manchester for the quirky dilapidated look of the buildings. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Ben Hawkins says:

    Very Different, odd and unusual But I liked it looks great

  7. George Zaky says:

    As I marveled at your masterpiece and enjoying every second I suddenly realized that this is the only place left where you can be humorous and not be canceled out. Your layout shows the old times, fun times, yet some hard times but you can be you and not have some useless twit be offended and cry to some useless cause. Your layout speaks volumes of the old days, was so expertly done, humorous, and I commend you on your work & talents. Go Orange!!

  8. Stephen Hill says:

    Tom , congratulations on your many accolades, they are well deserved. Your display is very inspiring and simply amazing . I know the trolls want to see more trains , yeah yeah yeah … Your modeling and detail and creativity and recreativity of life’s scenes are truly a talent .
    Great job!

  9. John Philip Ruetz says:

    Scenes of the past. Only one word can describe ….. G R E A T.

  10. Scott says:

    Awesome! Enjoyed the chain gang overseer reference to Cool Hand Luke! Model on

  11. Robert Brady says:

    That’s a time period beyond our years .Life was simple but hard working souls making little , just happy to survive. great layout Tom .
    The Critic

  12. Stephen Hill says:

    Tom , congratulations on your many accolades , they are well deserved. Very impressive modeling and detail . Superb creativity and realism . You’ve recreated scenes from any town USA … sparking many a fond memory for folks I’m certain . Great job sir ! Call it what you want … train display , diorama, shelf even … it’s cool and you should be quite proud .

  13. Bill in Virginia says:

    Great modeling! The scenes are all full of life just as a railroad should be.

  14. CY says:

    Immaculate beyond words

  15. Allan says:

    Unbelieveable scenery

  16. Rob McCrain says:

    What a work of art. Fabulous layout.

  17. Kevin McArdle says:

    True craftsman layout on a George Sellios level. Truly a work of art.

  18. John Hauser, LINY says:

    Brilliant! So well done.

  19. Jack Bury says:

    An absolute work of art.

  20. Thomas D. Parks Jr. says:

    I like the warning sign that said no petting your lunch I love that saying for a restaurant.👍🏿

  21. Gary M from Long Island says:

    Tom……. love your layout and your scenes BUT I am really interested in what you used to take those fantastically clear sharp photographs.

  22. robert dale tiemann says:

    chain gang, different. nice layout, gives me some ideas.

  23. Gary M from Long Island says:

    Tom….. I love your detail and weathering. Pictures are so clear and shaft….. what did you use to take those pictures????

  24. Larry Schweitzer says:

    Really great “weathering.”

  25. william j plmer says:


  26. Richard A Sommery-Gade says:

    absolutely unreal. never saw anything like it. so real.WOW !

  27. Tom Staton says:

    just took the photos with an older camera, it just takes a little longer focus. Tom

  28. Tom Staton says:

    Some one asked how I took nice clear sharp photos….the answer is I use a Nikon coolpix B500 nothing special about the camera except its a little slow on the focus, which is great thats why it gets such clear pics. Not really good for motion or real quick pictures stuff. It does take better pics than my phone.
    They still make the camera not sure of the price but it can’t be much being an old NE Yankee I’m pretty frugial. Tom da ole guy

  29. Tom Staton says:

    nikon coolpix B500 it take time to focus

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