“Things I have found useful:
Mix latex paint with wet Plaster / Basecoat, same color of scenery if chipped will not show. When applied, sprinkle fine mixed scenery material (sand, leaves, wood chips, twigs)
Chop up in an Old Blender.
Leave gaps/( loose Joiners) for tracks to expand / contract track gets out Of gauge on curves & switches.
The greatest frustration is to have derailments in an operating Session. (Losing an ore train, with loose iron ore is really bad — worse in tunnels, you can’t reach)
After years of running trains, when we dismantled layout, we found some ore cars inside the tunnels.
Good wiring, 16 ga. minimum Size, clean joints, use 60 / 40 solder with liquid rosin flux, DON”T MOVE JOINT UNTELL SOLDER HARDENED!
Cold solder joints are a railroaders dilemma (and electricians ) use color code – or have fun tracing wires. Same on circuit boards. Engines etc.
Make use of weeds, some bushes makes fine Trees, spray with cheap hair Spray, sprinkle with Leaves, (Model Woodland Scenecs eg.)
Easy way- (Shake & Bake Method ) Put Sprayed Tree, in Plastic Bag with Foliage, and Shake.
“After 40 years of being away from model railroading, I jumped back in on or about January of this year.
I’ve purchased some engines. 15 received so far, and about 50 pieces of rolling stock, more coming.
Not being as proficient as my colleagues on this blog, I bought folding tables, 2 x 2 foam board, the easier to take apart my dear and have raken over a good part of our sun room.
My usable space is 7’5″ x 15″0″ and this is what I have accomplished so far.
I love what Ken has done – purely because it’s making a start, and that’s what it’s all about. Now on to Jim:
Attached are 6 photos of my layout and the start of my paint job on a N scale GP-35.
My layout is 4feet by 6.6feet with a yard and round house off to one end with a lift gate to a door to the rest of my garage.
A huge thanks to Jim, Ken and Gordy.
I know I keep saying it, but I do love seeing what is going to pop up in my inbox each morning.
Please do keep ’em coming, folks.
That’s all for today folks.
And if you’ve decided you’re going to make a start, just like Ken, the Beginner’s Guide is here.