Here are a few pics of the B&N Shortline RR.
All structures, except three, were made from business cards, tablet backs, pieces of cereal boxes, toilet paper tubes, etc.
The trees are the top parts of slender pine cones except for those which are obviously commercially made.
The chain link fence at the B&N RR office building and the fence around the little park next to the pipe factory is made from a bag that held fresh garlic.
The layout lacks many details like people, traffic signs, fire escapes on the taller buildings, etc.
It has been fun taking up a hobby which I abandoned 60 years ago.
I am dazzled by the creativity and artistry of the model railroaders which display their work on your site.
Thanks for all that you do to promote the hobby. You have brought this 80 year old much pleasure.
“Al, Have a couple. I use empty spice containers (the ones with the small to medium holes) to spread ground cover (grass,dirt,etc).
These work well to get fairly even coverage shake harder for thicker coverage not so hard for lighter.
Spray your glue mixture where you want grass ,dirt etc then sprinkle to cover the area let dry lightly brush or blow off excess.
I use an old peice of straight track hot glue 1200 grit sand paper to it, let it cool for a couple mins, cut out between rails hook up transformer set engine on track,turn speed control to where engine wheel move at a steady pace between 5&8 should work fine be sure to hold engine to keep if from becoming an airplane . Adjust speed accordingly not to fast.
Let engine sit on paper about 20-30 seconds now your wheel are very clean and ready for hours and hours of use.
Be sure not to put pressure on engine from top hold in front or rear Watch the paper when it get worn peel it off and glue new peice down.
Usually cleans 10-15 engines. Be sure to clean dust off track after each cleaning. Brass track works best
“I found that when you buy a plastic house or company that some of the long walls maybe warped they say warm water works.
I found that if you take a Iron on low heat with a towel and set on the warped piece and then turn the Iron off let it set til cool it will straighten right out.
That’s all this time folks. A huge thanks to Bill, Greg and Ric.
Please do keep ’em coming.
And don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide if you want to jump from thinking about a layout to building a layout.
PS Latest ebay cheat sheet here. Thank you for all your comments on it.