WW2 model trains

Phil’s been back in touch – this time he’s adding to the collection of WW2 model trains.

Well, I say WW2, he’s dialed back the clock even more to WW1.

What I love about his layout is the theme. Any layout with a theme will always look better than one without. That’s just the way it is.

(Have a look at this post by Martin on picking a model train theme)

And just as important as the theme, is making a start: Phil’s first post is here.

“Hi Alastair

I thought I would share an update on my WW1 railway. If you recall it is set somewhere in the south of England in 1918.

A couple of things that I think worked well were adding balloons and elements of the grand fleet to the back scene. You can see this in the photos. I just downloaded some images and resized them to suit

I have also added an airfield with plane landing.

You will see I have installed the Oxford Rail railway gun in a siding which doubles as a small military camp. I have decided it is too much trouble to actually get the gun to run with the clearances it requires

The eagle eyed will see a loco running a signal. Working signalling is on the to do list

Best wishes


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A huge thanks to Phil for sharing his WW2 model trains. Oops! No that’s WW1 for this post.

Here’s a military model train layout from WW2.

And who can forget Will’s army themed layout from all those years ago?

As long time readers will know, I do love a theme behind a layout. For me, it brings it to life. There’s only one thing I enjoy more – an update! So today’s post ticks all the boxes for me.

Hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as I have.

That’s all for today folks.

Please do keep ’em coming.

And don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide is here, if you want to get going on your very own layout.



22 Responses to WW2 model trains

  1. Good one with the ww1 layout Phil , its not easy keeping to the time era , with all the models , but you have done a great job there …Dangerous dave

  2. Brian Rockey says:

    Great job Phil. Very impressed with the tarpaulin tanks and the modified backdrops. Well done!
    Brian, Wokingham, UK

  3. George Steffens says:

    Beautiful period layout. I am envious and impressed from the other side of the pond.

  4. Marklin ed says:

    Great video Phil,My layout will be Bavarian era trains love the spoked wheels on the wagons. Saw some ideas from your layout, thanks.

  5. Pete Stanich says:

    The best I’ve seen. Real, Natural and appreciated…..Pete

  6. Erick says:

    Nice detail!!!

  7. JW Snyder says:

    Brilliant! Some of the best WW1 modeling I have seen! You did your research!

  8. Larry says:

    Great job !!! Your work belongs in a ww1 museum. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  9. Phil, thanks for sharing your wonderfully detailed layout. As Al might say, “A cracking good job.” Indeed!

  10. Beautiful period layout. I am very impressed and very much enjoyed watching the video

  11. Johnny Free says:

    Spectacular Detail, I am Impressed. A real Layout, with great detail.

  12. Jim AZ says:

    Very nice. Your modeling skills and attention to details are first rate. Thanks for sharing.

    Jim AZ

  13. Bob Richards says:

    Fantastic scenery, operation, and everything! I was excited looking at your photos and video.

  14. Bill in Virginia says:

    Excellent model railroad. I personally love it when a theme is built into how the layout is planned and built. Nicely done!

  15. Gary M from Long Island says:

    Phil……what a fantastic layout…….love the theme and the backdrops and the great looking trains……..

  16. Phil says:

    Thanks for your kind words. There is still a lot to do which you would see if I pointed the camera in the opposite direction!

  17. I am going to sound like everyone else here because I liked the layout. I like it when someone goes the extra mile to separate themselves from others by tapping into their creative side! What an awesome layout.

  18. ARTHUR J ROMANO says:

    Super clean and neat. Great sounds and detail. Lots of work and looks like it was well worth the price of admission.
    Now enjoy it.

  19. Johnathon says:

    Loved it.

  20. Graeme says:

    Hi Phil, congratulations on a very impressive layout. Stunning!

  21. Linden Diehl says:

    Hello Phil,
    I want to tell you, wow, what an awesome job you did. Fantastic detail of what I know about a military base. I enjoy reading and learning about our military history. This includes WWI and WWII especially the vehicles, tanks, ships and airplanes used in both wars. Plus, being a native of Pennsylvania, I also enjoy learning about the Civil War battle at Gettysburg.

  22. Alabama Mike says:

    I enjoyed seeing the WWI and WWII train layouts. And I really enjoyed seeing the old locomotives pulling the train cars around the track in the last video.. Great work gentlemen.

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