Barry makes a curved platform

“Hi Al, I emailed you a week or so ago about helpful comments on my channel re my eighth video about using a pencil to make a curve and a mirror to check alignment plus painting a thin line on the 5ft platform edge.

If you feel your viewers would appreciate the tips, then please use it.


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And Larry’s been in touch again. He’s put his engine shed (which is made from a download you print out) to good use around the Christmas tree:

Lastly, Terry sent this in which raised a smile:

“Best tip I ever learned:

Never wear shorts when soldering underneath the model railroad benchwork !!


That’s all today folks.

Please do keep ’em coming.

And don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide if you want to get going on your layout.



10 Responses to Barry makes a curved platform

  1. Robert Brady says:

    i did same but out of wood and my platform is for above ground like when you go into new york city around 125 th st heading to Grand central station.

  2. NJ Mark says:

    Barry, your platform looks pretty damn good to me too. Great use of the clothes pins for clamping small pieces together. Thanks for some great tips. Cheers! NJ Mark

  3. David Hannan says:

    Like the mirror idea for seeing awkward places – and the pegs! Thanks!

    Dirty Dave

  4. Don Kadunc says:

    Wow. Great video. I’ll use your ideas when I get further along on my layout.

  5. Gerry says:

    Great job Barry. Probably one of the best, if not the very best, video’s I’ve seen on theses posts. The idea of using a mirror to check track alignment is stellar as was using the paint stick for doing line.

  6. Carl Halgren says:

    Good video! Another trick with the mirror is that you can tilt the mirror and view the track extremely close to a snake’s eye view to check for straight.

    I have a steel yardstick which I use to make track straight. I fasten down one end where I want it, then tack down the other end. Now I press the steel yardstick against the outside of one rail. By pressing the track against the yardstick, I fasten down the rest of the rail. If done right, it should be nearly perfect. Then I confirm by using the mirror trick.

    Keep on training,
    Carl in Kansas

  7. Paul Selwyn Otway says:

    I like the loco shed

  8. GOPAL DAGA says:

    Very technically and fully explained. No one could imagine to take mirror images to irradiate the faults and keep on grumbling again & again. This is what a experienced players can explain ! Thankyou so much ! Barry.
    Gopal Daga

  9. Rod Mackay says:

    White lining the edges wasn’t just a wartime thing, and they were regularly refreshed by the porters with a shaped brush. Nowadays you have tactile paving with nobbles on so the poorly sighted can feel it, and a yellow line further back to avoid people, buggies etc being taken up by the slipstream of faster passing trains.

  10. Tommy says:

    Wearing eye protection is probably a good idea too.

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