Jim’s Starrpoint railroad update

Jim’s been in touch again.

It’s always a pleasure when I see his name in my inbox (his last post is here).

“Hello Alastair and all fellow model railroaders.

Jim from Buffalo NY again, with an update on the Starrpoint Railroad!

The Mountain is now almost complete. It contains 500 rock castings, and approx 200 trees. I used a combination of Sedam plants and scale pine trees as well. It took some time to get the Sedam trees completed. Here are some pictures of the mountain and scenic area.

On the west end of the mountain there is a scenic area that is almost complete.

A change in plans was made. The saw mill and outbuildings were removed and the cement factory placed instead. The area is still under construction

There will also be a freight building in the same area as shown. This is also still under construction.

Roads are being added for realism. I am using a combination of Joint Compound and Smooth-it.

I am using thin corrugated cardboard for this purpose. It is the right thickness for what I need. I cut the pieces with the help of curved track to simulate the curves in the road. I cut the cardboard to ½ wide pieces for this. I also keep a squirt bottle of water handy to help with the spreading of the material. I nail the cardboard in place and spread the mixture between the pieces.

For the road pieces between the rails, I tried the compound mixture but found while cutting the material away for flange clearance, the material broke up. So to eliminate the problem I now am using a piece of styrene cut to fit between the rails. I place track nails on the four corners of the styrene to make sure there is clearance for the wheel flanges. Once all the roads are completed a coat of Pavement paint will be applied, along with lane lines.

As you see in the following picture, I apply the road surface in stages. The centre part of the picture below shows the cardboard removed leaving an area to be filled. The cardboard on the right side is there to be filled in for the transition from the crossing to the road area for the rest of the town

I will be sending a progress update on the roads, cement factory, and town. I will also share one of my other adventures in Model Railroading, Electronics.

Until then
Jim Volmer Sr
Starrpoint RR”

A huge thanks to Jim. His layout is really coming along now – I can’t wait to see the next update.

That’s all today folks, please do keep ’em coming.

And don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide if want to stop daydreaming and start doing.



PS Latest ebay cheat sheet here.

9 Responses to Jim’s Starrpoint railroad update

  1. David Hannan says:

    Looks fantastic! Keep up the good work!
    Dirty Dave

  2. Walter says:

    Would love to see a video when the trains are running…..

  3. NJ Mark says:

    Thanks for the tips. I really love the look of the rock castings, great detail. Cheers! NJ Mark

  4. Larry Johnson says:

    Great start! There’s a really neat shop nearby, Aurora Rails on Blakely Rd. East Aurora, near me in Holland, NY. worth the short drive from Buffalo

  5. Ed Trizzino says:

    A lot of painstaking hard work. Keep it up.

  6. looks good

  7. Edward Swenson says:

    Very Nice

  8. Stephen D Gispanski says:

    Looks really good Jim, I can’t wait to really get mine going. Everyone is an iinspiration. Thanks everyone
    SDG. St.Petersburg Fl USA

  9. Keith Carey says:

    Wonderful, I like to read what others use for material. I am about to begin my scenery. But, I am thinking we all make our roads too wide. If one inch equals 8 feet.

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