Saturday, October 5, 2013

Pre-Fall Update

Broadway Limited Paragon2 Series USRA Light Mikado 2-8-2 steam locomotiveAlmost five months has passed since my last post, and unfortunately I have made little progress over the summer, mostly due to my schedule being insanely busy. However, with the leaves turning yellow and snow on the mountain-tops west on the horizon, my sights are now turning back to my layout now that I find myself staying indoors more often. Plus, a little break from something you love doing never hurts.

 USRA Light Mikado 2-8-2 in front my Northern Light & Power kitStructurally, I think everything is done. I try to find things to add, or even modify, however find that quite often more is definitely not better. Details on the other hand, there can never be enough of those, so I will be looking into further detailing, including figures, wildlife, foliage, etc. Vehicles and rolling stock also still need to be added. I have done a little experimenting with weathering trains, though I will unquestionably need more practice at this point before I start on anything worth any significant value. Acquiring HO scale vehicles also seems to still be quite difficult.

I have some new photos attached to this post, taken for a recent photo-book that I put together showing the visual progression of my layout. These photos were just taken last week, and as you can see there is nothing really new.

Locomotive 3725 descending down to staging tracks

USRA Light Mikado 2-8-2

Atlas Signal Tower and Water Tower kits on the edge of the rail maintenance yard

Northern Light & Power kit with my USRA Light Mikado locomotive

Downtown section with completed kits and details

Overall view of Ty's Model Railroad

Locomotive 3725 along the mountain bluffs

USRA Light Mikado 2-8-2 approaching the trestle

USRA Light Mikado 2-8-2 about to descend from the trestle


  1. I just stumbled on this blog and wanted to say that your project looks AMAZING. What got you started on model railroads? Have you always been interested? I have kids, or I would want to put something like this together. It's beautiful.

    Jenn |

    1. Hey Jenn,

      Thanks for the interest. I have always been fascinated by trains, and have always wanted to build a layout since I was small. I attempted a layout when I was probably 10 or 11 years old, however because of the fanatical investment required, it never went far past the figure-8 track layout on a sheet of plywood and a couple random scattered shrubs. You can read the whole story oh now I got started on the “About Me” page ( If you ever have any questions about anything at all, please feel free to let me know. My email is in the “Contact Me” page above. Thanks again!


  2. This is really great info. Recently, I finally built my own model railroad after many years of wanting to do it. Believe me, it's never too late to live your dream! Just don't lose faith and know that it will be worth it in the end, despite all the hard work.

    I was lucky to find some great advice that helped me make my railroad very realistic and detailed, and keep things under budget. Here is one of the resources that helped me a lot:

    Let me know if you all have other places where you learn about railroading.

  3. Great looking railroad. Very inspirational, in fact. I've taken the general layout as a template for my own (hope you don't mind :-) ). I have scaled it up a little to 9' x 5'. Will be starting a blog about it soon (