The latest from Ken

“Al, the way I see it.

Do your homework. Set reasonable goals relative to:

What layout do I want to build.
How much space do I actually have to work with.
What trade offs will I have to make between wants and practicality.
Where are my skills and expertise.
What outside help might I need.
What outside help is actually available to me and at what cost.
What family time and relationships will be affected by this hobby.
What financial impact and hardships might this hobby impose.
Can I keep it from getting out of control.
Do I have physical limitations to consider.

These are just some considerations. There will be others because we are all different in our own way.


“Hi Al hope all is well and i trust you and your followers have had a great summer modeling! Have a new vid that shows the layout running and the real water spouts are up and flowing. Take a look and I ask you all what kind off vid you would like to see the workings off the layout or the finished .. Maybe a start to finish vid what do you guys think?


(Ken’s latest takes a while to get going – but stay with it. It’s worth it).

Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

Keep ’em coming.



42 responses to “The latest from Ken”

  1. Mike Trenary says:

    Ken’s video is very very good.The bus driver needs to have a talk with the safety crew about running the RED stop light. The water scenes are out of this world

  2. Richard Sommery-Gade says:

    Ken’s layout is over the top. It reminds me of that incredible one in Germany that has planes taking off and landing, autobahn, as well as an incredible train layout.
    Very well done, a real stunner.

  3. Bill Fitzpatrick says:

    Ken .
    Your layout is absolutely amazing!!!!!!!

  4. Wilma Montgomery says:

    On a par with Miniatur Wonderland, Hamburg, Germany. I spent an enchanted afternoon there.

  5. luke becker says:

    hello I would like to know how ken makes the cars and trucks move on the bridge I can see a belt or a cord that is attached to the vehicles it is disguised very well .it is really nice I would like to make it, plus the figures, I have figured out I think ? it would be nice if ken had a video of how he animated al of his animation a real excellent layout with extreme detail in and out of the buildings. keep your site going al it is great I am 75 years old and still playing with trains

  6. Bruce says:

    It would be nice to see or read from plans, the chronological sequence of the building of this sight and possible websites to visit or to place orders for the electronics, the buildings and the powered cars, trucks and monorail systems.

  7. Bullfrog in Ontario says:

    Ken ! Your modelling is super. And the animation of the entire layout is fantastic. I especially enjoyed the strategically placed mirror to double the underground activity, and the community roller-blading event. A real ‘wowser’ of a layout. Thanks for sharing. – ‘Dave’ in Ontario

  8. Bruce says:

    That is quite a layout and very impressive. Lots of hours work in that. Awesome.

  9. WoW!
    What a great layout, I can only imagine how many years this awesome layout has taken you to build, not to mention the hours spent building the buildings. It’s an amazing project. You must be so proud of your end result, Thank You for sharing.

    Stemar, (Downunder)

  10. Joe Gray says:

    This video is great… The layout is world class… Got to have more please.

  11. Cord says:

    Uitstekend! Dat heeft me terug naar Amsterdam gebracht. Beautiful job, Ken!

  12. a great layout right out of my league the scenery is amazing.

  13. Raymond Bove says:

    There are so many remarkable aspects in Amsterken, such as the buildings, the overall detailing, the lighting. Great sklls combined with investments well beyond the reach of the average modeller.
    But my feeling is that I am looking at a model of a city, not at a railway layout.
    And the water is too clean and therefore unrealistic. Nothing looks less like real water than real water out of its element.. Also the mountainous area is just ludicrous considering this is actually Amsterdam in what is, after all a country, named The Netherlands for some reason,, part of the Low Countries, and where the highest areas around Valkenburg I believe, getting close to Germany, have the topographical size of a molehill. I suppose it is what is known as poetic licence. But congratulations anyway on the quality of many elements.

  14. Lawrence Phipps says:

    Now that’s what I call a Layout !!!!!!

  15. Jeff Keene Sr says:

    SUPERLATIVE work!! Godzilla really cracked me up!!! Thanks!!

  16. sundaram says:

    That was truly professional job Ken. Detailing was superb. Was the system of running cars , trucks and buses similar to those used for guided vehicles in a factory shop floor. It was as if it was a part of Miniature Wunderaland, Hamburg. Was it your own effort Ken or did you have people to assist you?
    It would be huge task to maintain this, how do you do this? How long did it take to build this ?
    Once again a fantastic effort and mind boggling.

  17. Bill says:

    Uber Railway ! Just blown away ! More……..

  18. Cameron says:

    Fantastic video and layout. I have been looking forward to this next instalment. You hever disappoint Ken. Keep it up.

  19. Brian Messenger says:

    Ken, what a fantastic layout, loads of hard work has paid off. Keep it up. Brian – RSA

  20. Aaron says:

    This layout is absolutely amazing. I love the way the cars move and the modeling is some of the best I have ever seen. I love Godzilla!! That is a great touch.

  21. Orv says:


  22. Adam Labaziewicz says:

    WOW Ken,
    Awesome layout!!! Great use of mirrors, fantastic use of water (hope you can get the other canals going) and great choice of music (PJ). Love it, love it, love it!!!
    Keep up the good work
    Adam from Jersey
    Godzilla Rules.

  23. Chris says:

    An incredible layout! I can’t imagine how many hundreds of hours it took to put it together. How do the cars, trucks and busses work? Are they all remote-controlled vehicles? I’d love to to know the secret!

  24. Jon Irwin says:

    great stuff, with some good ideas. Are you locked up in the train room because
    I don’t know where you get the time to achieve all this. Thanks for sharing.
    Jon Canberra Australia.

  25. Archie Yarbrough says:

    Ken, that is an absolutely awesome layout. I’ve got to go back and watch again because somehow I missed Godzilla???? How did you keep the water contained? I love the movement of the water!

    And Zip, I agree there should be goals but I get stumped on your first one.. I just don’t know what layout I want. I think I have plenty of room. Time is another problem. I would love to have outside advice but sure can’t afford to pay for it.

  26. harry says:

    love that bus, never seen one like it, where ya buy it? layout is so great, water and all!

  27. Chris says:

    Well done Ken, you make it look so easy in place’s, by the way just asking along the canal that thats not the house that was built with one door you have modeled is. Chris Melbourne Australia.

  28. Ray says:

    amazing layout please post more….

  29. Roy says:

    Fantastic and love the skating figures. Where did they come from and can you get them in 00/H0.
    Roy. Shrewsbury UK

  30. Richard Mowatt says:

    Great layout Ken I am only starting and your layout gives me so much inspiration. I love the water scenes. Good to see that someone else has Godzilla in their layout.

    Cheers Richard Australia

  31. Eppi Santiago says:


    I love the water scenes. Your layout was so inspiring and incredible.

  32. Frank Goessler says:

    Ken,. I have no idea where to begin. Talk about a jaw dropping layout. I’m so glad there are gentleman out there like yourself who set the bar so high that second tier modelers like myself.can just sit back and enjoy the show. Believe me, I love my o gauge trains and wouldn’t trade them for anything. (Thanks Dad). But I am stunned at what you have there. You will not get a negative comment out of me. Like I said, cudos to gentleman like yourself who are the benchmark of modeling. Please keep sending posts and pictures. I for one can’t get enough. O gauge Frank in St.Charles, Mo. ( And a huge thank you to Al for providing an outlet for such brilliance.)

  33. Dennis says:

    Fantastic !!!

  34. I don’t comment often, but Ken’s layout is totally amazing. How he gets into it to do the immense work needed is beyond me

  35. Rick Hane says:

    OMG Ken! Complex Faller system, trolleys, trains, main station, flying bridge, red light district, working street lights and working drainage with real water running. and the inside of the church wow. What can one say, it’s wonderful. I can’t begin to imagine the time and money invested. I real labor of love I am sure.
    Love it, Rick

  36. Warren Ferguson says:

    Marvelous, Ken, just marvelous!
    By far, the most amazing layout I’ve ever seen. Thank you for sharing with the rest of us. Warren, AL, USA

  37. Bill Holt says:

    amazing !!! what a superb layout

  38. Gary O'Connor says:

    Ken your modelling is out of this world. Wonderful stuff.
    My one criticism would be that the trams and trucks seem to be travelling far too fast, I would hate to try to walk across the road there 🙂
    I envy your talent.

    Gary – Australia

  39. Antony says:

    Always a pleasure to watcgh Amsterken – wonderful modelling.

    Zip poses a set of very relevant questions. There is one that I can certainly answer – Can I keep it from getting out of control? – NO!

    All The Best,

  40. Benjamin Wright says:

    What an amazing layout! Wow! Well done!

  41. Frank Costello says:

    Good Morning from Connecticut,
    We will be moving and will not have room for my layout.
    I want to build a new N guage layout at the new condo.
    I will disconnect and pack all items.
    I have still and videos I will send to anyone who requests them.
    I am unsure about pricing the layout but have been told to start at 3k plus shipping costs.
    My number is 862502937.
    I am 77 so I guess it is time to downsize.

  42. daniel gwizdak says:

    There are 2 mistakes on this beautiful layout, The first is the speed
    of the train going around the building and the second is in the same
    area with a Bus pushing a truck. Also I will ad that the water needs
    to be improved. I loved the background wall scenery and how was
    that acquired

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