“This is one section I have completed. I used extruded foam for the rocks and painted them with acrylic paint and dry brushed the white for accent.
The track ballast I used “Chicken Grit”, bought it at my local farm store. If I need it smaller I grid it on a granite stone with a granite rolling pin I had floating around the house. Paid $3.45 USA dollars for 5 lbs, cheaper that buying the pre-made stuff.
Some of the trees by the cabin I cut off some of my wife Sedum flowers, in the fall when they dried out. I also use the small branches to make flowering shrubs.
Utility poles are large (to scale) skewers and the cross arms are wool match sticks. The transformers and a dowel painted gray. The insulators are plastic beads (cut in half) and placed over smaller skewer, they fit perfectly.
The rocks in the picture, I picked up at a Pet Store, it is aquarium gravel. Works great as there are
The grass is a mixture of standard you by in bulk and I purchased a sheet of Flower Topper from my local craft store. The nice thing about this is that it has an adhesive backing, “no glue required”.
I have found an antique and unique store that has model train “stuff”. All the train cars I paid $4.00 for and they were in great shape, all I need to do on some of them was change the couplers.
The Exxon-Mobile diesel storage tank is PVC pipe and #14 solid copper wire painted. M make all my own signs, do a search for the sign image I am looking for and convert it to PDF and then I can scale them.
That’s all for now.
I work in HO scale and am a beginner. I am retired and 68 years old and it takes up the day, by the way, my wife is into it as well. She is my design coordinator, she has increased the size of my original 4’x8′ table top the 5’x12′, didn’t expect that.
Big thanks to Dick for sharing – a lovely narrative of his layout. Looks great too. And it’s also a fine example of how to stretch you budget.
That’s all this time folks. Please keep ’em coming.
PS Looking for the Beginner’s Guide? It’s here.