This model train video features six different G-scale trains running on a temporary layout inside my house.
The first locomotive to appear is the newest one in my collection. I bought it for myself for Christmas 2020. It is manufactured by Bachmann and is based on a train called the Glenbrook that used to run in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada back in the days when steam trains were common.
Other model trains you’ll see in the video are an Amtrak passenger train made by MTH… Thomas The Tank Engine and Percy, from the Thomas & Friends collection by Bachmann… The Coca Cola train by LGB… and the White Pass passenger train from LGB.
This layout existed for about 36 hours. I started setting it up in the morning, and it took me most of the day to get it all set up and running well. The next morning I started shooting the video. That evening, I picked everything up and put it all away again.
The truth is that the title of this video is an inside joke between me and my wife. A frequent comment that people leave about my model train videos is that I must either be single or that my wife was away at the time. In other words, they find it impossible to believe that anyone’s wife would let model trains take over the house. In fact, my wife and I will be celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary soon, and she actually encouraged me to buy model trains in the first place. In spite of what the title of the video says, she was not actually away when I set this layout up and shot this video. We have a very large house and she has a very large room where she can work on her hobbies. She was in her room… which we call “the craft room” because it is full of sewing, embroidery, and quilting equipment… the entire time I was shooting this video. And yes, she had the door closed so that she didn’t have to listen to all the train horns and train whistles! So, now you’re in on the joke behind the title of this video.
I shot this video on January 27th, 2021, using a Canon EOS 80D DSLR camera. All of the POV shots which show the view from the train were done using a GoPro.
The Glenbrook steam train and the White Pass passenger train move very slowly and are simply incapable of going any faster than what you see in this video. They are two of the slowest trains in my collection of 21 G-scale locomotives. You can learn more about my model train collection, as well as see a complete list of all 21 locomotives in the collection, at
I worry that people might get a little bored with this video and not watch it all the way through because the trains are moving so slowly. In my next model train video, I’m going to focus on a much faster train: the Amtrak passenger train. That will be a much shorter video, shot on this same layout, but I think people may find it more interesting because it will be done entirely with POV shots from the GoPro mounted on the Amtrak train and you’ll get a much more interesting sense of speed when you watch it. Look for that video in the coming weeks. Subscribe to my channel so that you don’t miss it, and turn on YouTube notifications if you want YouTube to let you know as soon as that upcoming video has been released.
The very last shot at the end of this video was an accident. I mounted the GoPro on top of the White Pass caboose and didn’t realize that it was a bit too tall to fit under the bed. The train (with the GoPro mounted on it) successfully made it all the way through the house, but when it reached the bedroom it ran smack in to the side of the bed. As luck would have it, the blow was cushioned by the soft comforter hanging over the side of the bed. The force of the collision was enough to separate the caboose from the rest of the train, and to dislodge the GoPro from the caboose… but you don’t get to see any of that in the video because I thought the moment of impact with the comforter made for a perfect ending to the video, and I called it good at that point… before the camera actually fell off and hit the floor.