Build a Museum Quality Train Station - Realistic Scenery Vol.25

Am 13 Nov 2020 veröffentlicht
This tutorial will walk you through some of the tips and tricks for building an ultra-high quality model that could be a feature in a museum! It’s really not as difficult as you might think.
This model is in HO scale however like with nearly all of my previous videos the techniques I use can be applied to just about any other scale, from Z scale right through to G scale!
I use a lot of techniques that you will have seen in previous videos plus a whole lot of new never before shown techniques for creating unique effects, below you’ll also find a list of companion videos for things like the chain-link fence, various trees on the model as well as some tools I use.
00:00 - Intro
00:33 - Building the Baseboard
02:21 - Main Station Building
03:21 - Corrugated Roof
06:10 - Picking a colour scheme
06:25 - Chimneys & 3D Printed Details
07:46 - DIY Train Track (3D Printed)
09:24 - The Station Platform
15:54 - Planning the Scene & Laying Track
17:13 - Contouring with Foam
18:23 - Painting & Weathering Track
19:36 - Rock Moulds (Curved Rocks)
20:14 - Plaster... Lots of plaster!
21:10 - Painting Rocks
21:40 - Brown Earth & Dirt Texture
23:25 - Track Ballasting
24:15 - Roads
27:28 - Trees... Lots of Trees!
28:20 - Static Grass
30:12 - Forest Floor (Leaves and Weeds)
31:16 - Chain-Link Fence, Path Barrier & Guardrails
32:13 - Signs, Crossing Signals & Trackside Debris
33:41 - Detailing with Static Grass
33:59 - Woodland Scenics Light Hub
34:19 - Road, Path & Track Detailing
35:09 - Planting the Trees
36:26 - Closing Shots


  • Ever going to do Unrealistic Scenery vol 1?

  • i ran out of gorilla glue for the base, does got2b glued work as a substitute?

  • These videos are perfect for when im about to sleep, so calming.

  • AWESOME ! What more can i possibly say,

  • Like the new video.Thanks very much.

  • Madddddd

  • Why do i keep getting sleepy whenever i watch luke :-:

  • I can't read that and not hear Ezreal.

  • Please make a video of making diorama of central station.

  • I just saw you on insider from my recommendations. This is awesome! Keep going.

  • Your scene is so good it makes the train look fake. Need to weather that thing up.

  • thank you for detail as good watch how to put together with detail finish

  • luke can you make an small neighborhood ad lots of moss

  • oh that bottle flip tho 10:56

  • Exactly zero of these steps would ever work if I tried them. Therefore, I watch someone else do it.

  • This guy is awesome

  • My new favorite videos.....

  • i thought this was real, but then i saw the title, i was like is this a photo or something from reallife?

  • 33:41 Waldo! Srry... just didn't see the comment yet XD Awesome tutorial as always and including so much of your previous ones. I love this coming together like that.

  • That's GORGEOUS! I've been away from model railroading a while, and I hope to get back within the next year. This shows some excellent techniques to try.

  • Another super awesome video!

  • great layout hope you like mine diesel dave


  • Dam man u did great! This does belong in a museum lol😂😂😂!!!

  • Just want to know if you have a train layout. If so can we see it. Please post it

  • What type staple gun do you use?

  • Complimenti è veramente un progetto ben fatto! Molto realistico!

  • sleepers.

  • Truly amazing. But, Shouldve show a nighttime view with all lights on, and didn't light the interior of the station? That would've been even more amazing

  • I’ve been doing this hobby for 20 years and no we’re near as good as you. You should start classes like art classes that would be good.

  • Finally more videos

  • Thumbnail always makes me think of the Last Crusade

  • I would love to see you make a section of the Illinois Railway Museum! That would be amazing since I live super close and maybe you could make the Burlington Nebraska Zephyr Silver Pilot to go with it! I have an N scale version and KATO has made a Silver Pilot Zephyr as well as coaches!

  • Hi elraenn chat

  • Boulder creek GYMPIE?

  • Those tiny taps just made my day.

  • Can you make a model ship for us ? Very few people have done video on the construction of a strip wood boat. It would be much appreciated to see someone with your video skills and modeling

  • great diorama

  • Good👍 Hello i' m from Indonesian

  • Luke, How long does it take you to compile and edit all the 28 hours of footage?

  • Hello Luke! Huge fan. I was wondering if you could do a "period piece", like a 1920's harbor or an old quarry. Thanks!

  • have you ever done a winter scene?

  • I'll be honest, I'm never going to attempt any of this but that wont stop me once a month watching these amazing projects come together.

  • Thank you so much for this . Just made my day better . Awaiting the adjoining dioramas .. Guessing it to be an Australian tour

  • Would normal polystyrene work for a base instead of expanded polystyrene?

  • This guy is a legend.


  • NBC

  • 2:25 it looks a lot like some of the buildings along the sydney trains network. feel like it looks a lot like something you'd see at epping or at other stations along the northern line

  • That looks so authentic. Would easily serve as a movie set prop. It's hard to believe that I can't just go to that station and board the train.

  • That's amazing 😲

  • This needs more likes.

  • 💫📢Helllloooo!!!!

  • The good anteater univariably burn because poet conspicuously mourn till a obsolete adjustment. scared, faded hygienic

  • Do you always do NO scale or would your techniques work for the OO gauge track too as that is what I have and finally come up with the first part of my layout, and would you suggest creating the whole layout before modelling it? 😊

  • This looks more realistic than the real station.

  • It's clear to anyone that you are the absolute master at this stuff, however, one slight criticism would be the lack of weathering on the trains. Considering the amount of work put in to the scene, I'm surprised the trains received no attention.

  • Increeible porfaa SALUDOS DESDE ECUADOR..............!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • You're now leaving Boulder Creek Station, next stop, Boulder Creek Station... No one leaves Boulder Creek Station.

  • Sei un artista!

  • Amazing! I have learned alot and a new subscriber!

  • checked on that corrugated metal sheet maker , 20bucks to buy 20 bucks SH to the USA

  • I doubt I need to go into detail but can if anyone is interested this is not museum quality there are model builders online that get much closer to museum quality. But your work is very good.


  • You've God gifted talent Luke. Love your all your videos.

  • Awesome👍👍👍👍👍

  • You might want to get a windscreen for your microphone. Your consonants make my subwoofer jump.

    • Thanks for the feedback, this was a new mic and I've been doing some experimenting to improve the sound 😉

  • Amazing gooooooooood

  • nice. in what scale are you?

    • These are all HO scale 1/87 models that I recognise from Australia.

  • Awesome! Great job, congrats!

  • Currently building my first model (the Titanic!) and my told my dad about it. He told me to go to DEname and look up Luke Towan. Here I am!

  • Lovin the backdrop brings the scenery into perspective too . Great camera drone shot over the layout 👍

  • no night time train

  • You are super talented BUT - I do think that some things still looks to much plasic. Ive seen others who took time to actually blend things better in by painting metal or rust and makes it look alteast used for a couple of years.

  • reminds me of the set pieces in the old I Spy books

  • Absolutely amazing. So much detail.

  • This level of realism is insane... Amazing!!! As usual! That 3D printer must be a great help!😉

  • This is so amazing. Love it.

  • Como faser miniatura carroceiria bitrem 👍🤝👆❤

  • well i don't have nearly enough patience to build models or anything in that field but i love watching this videos. Great work on this one it looms awesome.

  • VLine! So you're a Victorian eh? For some reason I had you as South Australian in my head

    • ​@John D I see! For some reason I feel strangely proud to be from the place that's best for model railways haha

    • Models Victorian railways because they are the best. He may not actually live in Victoria though.

  • These are so calming to watch

  • Woww😍

  • When he said that the colour scheme is modelled after Pyramid Hill station, I jumped up from my chair! I came from that very small town and used to wait in that station to take the train coming from Swan Hill to Bendigo and Melbourne. My family still lives there. Dude, I never thought I would see or hear Pyramid Hill mentioned anywhere. Brought back so many memories of my early life in Australia. Thanks Luke for this awesome video! Cheers mate.

  • That track tho

  • That reminds me of the station that Thomas stops at in the original intro

  • So, we have a pandemic have we LOL: England: registered deaths (Note. 2020 is only until October - but we are nowhere near pandemic levels) Link to Office of National Statistics a UK Gov website at the bottom 2006 = 470,326 2007 = 470,721 2008 = 475,763 2009 = 459,241 2010 = 461,017 2011 = 452,862 2012 = 466,779 2013 = 473,552 2014 = 468,875 2015 = 495,309 2016 = 490,791 2017 = 498,882 2018 = 505,859 2019 = 496,370 2020 = 469,182

  • You are the Bob Ross of model railroading

  • Superb!

  • Hebat

  • Especially liked your track ballasting techniques.

  • You truly are a master at your craft. Thank you for the great video!

  • Man I like the 8 bit theme

    • Nevermind my phone just couldn't handle how good it looked and it put it at 240p

  • And after he was finished with this diorama,he realised that he had became a grandfather,super interesting to watch :) :) :)

  • 8:23 Look at that flex. "I have so much alcohol, I can use it to make 3D prints!" XD

  • Golf course... You should make a golf course..

  • in the end my eyes hurt

  • Nobody: Breaks mini rc truck scenery Luke: *tactically reloads stapler *

  • Awesome diorama, as always, and a faultless tutorial video for us to watch and learn. Thanks luke, stay safe and well from us all in South Wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

  • For your next project you should make a 6x4 war gaming table for warhammer or another war games.