Wednesday, August 3, 2016

We've Been Workin' on the Railroad

So a few updates from the last few weeks. While Dave and Kev and Phil have been working away on some electrics on the HO layout, Peter and I have been busy down near the ravine and Bus Driver Paul has been busy working on the gravel pit.

So now that the track exiting the fiddle yard is in and all the point-work settled down and not causing problems, Dave and I put the original mountains back in place and adjusted the tunnel portals to suit the new trackage. Over time we will fit it in properly, but for now a little at a time will do. Here is a photo of each side of the hills.

For a while now Peter has been slowly carving his mountains down at the ravine and to the right of it as the track splits and either goes around the mountain or up the helix. Now Pete hasn't spilt his ice cream on the mountain here, he has just painted on his No More Gaps and Paint mix.

Here are some more shots after it has dried and firmed into a nice coloured base for the mountain faces.

Oh and the molded mountains on the left of the ravine are now in place and Peter will soon start to colour them up.

Bus Driver has been busy and is building a nice quarry at the end of the middle peninsula. Here is a photo of his progress so far.

And here is some of the work I've been doing. Since the top deck has been dropped a tad, the left hand corner of the ravine area was a little tight. So I have scalloped out some of the mountain that exists between the inner and outer mainline tracks. This will allow us to see into the small yard a bit better.

I expect we will make an almost vertical mountain face at the end of the small yard in due course - I have only so far gotten a slab of foam loosely balanced in place so far.

So till next time - happy trains.

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