Category Archives: Trains & Model Railroading

Railfanning on Bob Davis’ HO Scale Pennsylvania Railroad Layout

Yesterday, I once again had the opportunity to attend a model railroad operating session (or as my friend Vet likes to call it, “Transportation Simulation”) at Bob Davis’ home, on his INCREDIBLE HO Scale Pennsylvania Railroad layout. The opportunity to run trains on his world-class layout is something I really appreciate, and something I have dreamed of doing since I was about 12 years old, when I would intently study the Model Railroader magazines my great uncle had given me repeatedly until the covers were falling off.

It’s difficult to capture the size and beauty of his layout in photos or video. However, this video follows a coal train around the entire layout, starting as it descends from the branch line that is above his staging tracks, picks up a string of coal hopper cars from the coal branch, winds its way through the mountains and over a switchback that takes the train 2 loops to ascend/descend, and finally through town and into the yard.

There are a couple of shots I’m not happy with, and I while I took a handheld camera stabilizer with me, I forgot the quick-connect plate to actually mount the camera on it – so I shot this all handheld, sometimes walking backward at the same time. Excuses aside, I’m pretty happy with it and hope you enjoy it.

A special thanks to Bob for opening his home and his layout to us.


ERRHSI Model Railroad Update – May 3, 2018

This week, Vet and I worked primarily on finishing up the stock yard scene. The gravel lot looks pretty good now that the glue has dried, and Vet added a bit more vegetation to the area (you can see white glue that’s still drying in the pics). I added the HO Scale cattle truck, and put the livestock back in the stockyard.

The scene is finally coming together

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ERRHSI Model Railroad Update – April 19, 2018

I have to tell you – I’m having so much fun as a member of the Eagle Rock Railroad Historical Society! I’ve made new friends, we’re having a great time working on the layout, visiting, and laughing and joking. On top of that, I’m learning a lot about what Idaho Falls was like decades before I was born.

This week, Vet continued laying ballast on the yard tracks and the mainline track that runs through the yard, and working on ground cover just south of the stockyard.

Vet “painting” the glue on before adding ground cover.
Some of Vet’s ballast work here in the foreground.

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ERRHSI Layout Update – April 14, 2018

This week we pretty-much wrapped up the scenery at the Idaho Falls Stock yards. Alan donated some self-stick grass tufts that finished it off. We’re going to make a gravel lot at the south end (on the right in the photos), and I plan to add some “dirt” inside the corrals/pens, but other than that, I think we’re there.

I promise we’ll stand the livestock up soon!

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ERRHSI Layout Update – April 5 2018 progress

This week, we worked on finishing up the scenery at the Idaho Falls stock yard.

I applied a light dusting of Woodland Scenics blended earth ground cover, then a really light dusting of Woodland Scenics grass in places. I then scattered small pieces of Woodland Scenics medium turf in a couple of different shades of green to represent weeds. Vet added some of Tim’s scratch-made grass tufts and sagebrush.

The glue was still drying when we left for the evening (you can see white spots at the base of some of the weeds), but here are some updated pics.

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Bob’s HO Scale PRR Model Railroad

Last Saturday I had the opportunity to visit an AMAZING HO Scale Model Railroad in Wyoming. The layout is about 24′ x 40′, and has mountains that reach about 6′ high. The detail and scenery work on it is INCREDIBLE. I shot a little bit of video, I hope to go back and shoot more later. This is in the owner’s basement. Bob worked on the PRR for 27 or so years, so of course that’s the railroad he models.