“Good day Al,
My name is Dave and I read and review your daily emails with much enthusiasm.
It’s refreshing to see how creative some modelers can be as well and the ideas they spark in my own mind. With that said I thought I’d share my recent creation in N scale.
I call the attached two pictures my “Winter Scene”of a winter scene. The brighter one is with a flash, the other is without.
The details of the scene are made up of one continuous N scale track on a 40″ wide by 30″ deep foam board layout.
The mountains and hills are all hand made and painted by yours truly.
The incline is as near to 2% as I could keep it. The houses are actually Christmas Tree ornaments with battery operated lights, the street lights, pine trees and cars are N scale off the shelf items all purchased on Amazon.
My intention was to create a portable layout that could be moved into the family room during the holiday and this takes up a small footprint yet provides an appreciable level of detail.
I still have to add more trees, some decorated for Christmas, more snow and figures such as ice skaters on the pond (a small mirror), kids having a snow ball fight in the park and some wild animals among the trees.
You might note the locomotive is not actually a locomotive but a German steam car. Unfortunately, the steam locomotive that matches the passenger cars is unable to pull all three up the inclines so I’ve had to find one that could.
I will eventually replace it with a vintage Arnold 0-8-8-0 steam locomotive.
Lastly, in the one picture (i.e. #2) you will notice there is a portion of an HO layout in the background. It’s also a representation of the area around CASS Scenic Railroad in Cass, WV.
I run various locomotives on it to exercise and test them, but primarily I run the old 80 Ton three truck Shays that are actually used at Cass. They are exact replicas and one has the Cass logo and number of old #4 that had a head-on collision many years ago.
If you are interested in seeing more of either one or should anyone have any questions regarding the layout just let me know.
I hope you enjoy these as much as I do your postings.
Now on to Cassio.
He keeps sending me pics and videos with no narrative or anything.
Normally I discard these, but I think in this case, it’s a language barrier.
Also there is a real charm about his stuff:
“Hello Al, and thanks very much for a daily dose!
Not much to add, other than an interesting photo of 1942 CNW engine house in Chicago – one of my favorite photos
I have seen several ways to add white lines to roads, the simplest and cheapest that I have found is to cut thin strips of paper and glue to the roadbed. Photos attached.
Keep ’em coming.
And if today is the day you get going on your layout, the Beginner’s Guide is here.