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Model Train Scenery Using Plaster

Our fellow model railroader Barry Palmer has generously shared more great pictures of the model train layout he is building with his grandson.

Some people may remember Barry’s story and his stage 1 photos.

In the photos below Barry has given us a great idea of the steps he took with his grandson, to create model train scenery with plaster.

Enjoy the photos and please comment below.

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Dan Morgan is on a mission to encourage more people to give model railroading a go... There is just no better hobby in the world!

18 Responses to “Model Train Scenery Using Plaster”

  1. Kent Bartley Reply Sun at 5:37 am

    I love to see your lay out when it is done. It looks like your well on your way keep up the good work.

  2. builder kim Reply Fri at 1:28 pm

    Hi everyone.Im builder Kim.I build scenery from junk.I also do alittle wireing.I take non working static railway lights or signal crossing lights,and make them work like the real ones.cost nothing to very little.if interested I will send in a how too.

    • Ron Roede Reply Mon at 9:43 am

      always interested in money saving tips, please send the how to.

    • Larry Sauer Reply Thu at 10:04 am

      Please share your information. Thanks.

    • Kent Bartley Reply Sun at 5:33 am

      I, am very interested how to make signal crossing lights work. Any help would be very helpful to me. THANK YOU KENT BARTLEY

  3. Davidjhowarthbeacon Reply Fri at 6:59 pm

    Good long layout , and doing a good job there Barry

  4. I am in the process of building my oo layout and will be building a mountain, with tunnel!

     I  have decided to use a hard board top with old towels soaked in diluted PVA adesive spread over it and pushed in to shape.
     Which when it dries after 24hrs or so sets hard and ready to paint ect. This allows for it to be removed in case of derailments etc!
     How does your one move if this happens to yours??
      You have some good ideas here and the layout looks great can’t wait to see it finised.

  5. SomeOne... Reply Sat at 3:28 am

    Wow, Can’t wait to see it when it’s finished. Keep up the good work!

  6. Using the styreo foam packing helps create various levels of terrain. AND it is free!

  7. I’ve done the same in the past with papier mache.  Works great.

  8. Nice stuff, I like a little kid… I am enjoying see your work come together …..

  9. Davidcorbin Reply Tue at 5:52 pm

    i bet you enjoyed building the layout,could you let me know the size,and how long it took you .welldone

  10. Simple but beautiful and definitely worth a reference !!

  11. I am in the process of building my ho layout and will be building a large mountain, with tunnel, and have decided to use plaster.  Some good ideas here.

    • Beware, if its a large mountain, plaster is very heavy, by its very nature it is a rock itself.

      • Nothing I enjoy more than seeing other modelers layouts and incorporating some of thier ideas into my own layout. Nice work!

      • A wee bit of chicken type wire, light layer of paper and then plaster. High mountain, very little weight.

  12. I am in the process of building my ho layout and will be building a large mountain, with tunnel, and have decided to use plaster.  Some good ideas here.

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