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Shelf Layout Progress April 23, 2023

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Shelf Layout Progress April 23, 2023
Posted by cats think well of me on Sunday, April 23, 2023 11:50 AM

Hi all,

While no layout is ever "complete" mine has gotten to a point with no bare scenery, and has a lot of detail and much going on with the various scenes. The last major work had been done in January of this year, and my apologies for not posting sooner. Real life comes up lol. Hope you all enjoy! It has been an amazing 17-months putting this thing together! In the future, I'll add more trackside details, new vehicles, plus of course, this is a great setup for photographing my models. I'll paint the fascia and valance flat black. In time, I'd like to either use it as part of a larger layout, or just start a new. Most buildings are by LaserKit. The backdrop is a photo print by Larc Products. The lighting is Micro-Mark. The locale is Upstate New York in the early '50s and I run Boston & Maine, New York Central and Rutland. Control is either an NCE PowerCab DCC system or an MRC Tech II. I can do some operations by taking cars from the siding and placing the cars at Wrisley Papers or the team track. To make it a little more interesting, no locomotives, steam or diesel are allowed on the trestle at Wrisley Papers so I must operate accordingly by using an idler car. 

An overview shot! 

One of my favorite scenes, the miniature junk yard! I already had plenty of materials, but also added the Woodland Scenics junk cars plus the weathered Preiser truck drivers. 

I love this farm scene! The one cow enjoys train watching as much as the family too. The figures are Preiser, the tractor is a Wiking Ferguson, the truck is by Busch. 

This building and this scene started my layout building journey. 

August 2021 and this is what it all started with. 

Last and of course not least. The best helper ever! Robert Jay Cat worked hard and needed to rest. 




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Posted by hon30critter on Sunday, April 23, 2023 1:36 PM

Hi Alvie,

Your layout is very well done! All the scenes are interesting and deserve some time studying them. I love the autumn foliage. Usually fall foliage is far too bright to be realistic IMHO but you have done an excellent job of subduing the colours. You have put a lot into a small space.



I'm just a dude with a bad back having a lot of fun with model trains, and finally building a layout!

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  • From: Dearborn Station
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Posted by richhotrain on Sunday, April 23, 2023 3:28 PM

Good looking layout. Lots to take in. I have been viewing on my phone, but I am anxious to blow up the photos on my laptop. 


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Posted by leastimpolite on Wednesday, January 17, 2024 9:35 PM


The crimson hue of maple leaves is one that I like. You did a great job with your layout! Each scenario is worth spending some time analyzing since they are all fascinating.


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Posted by MurBall on Tuesday, January 30, 2024 8:21 AM

Lovely looking layout , love the autumn trees and the trestle scene.

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