John’s been in touch with the latest pics from his HO mining layout:
John from Baltimore, Maryland USA here.
I now have the left side of my layout started. As you may recall, this is going to be a coal hauling railroad set in the mountains of West Virginia, only my mountains are going to be more like the Rockies, that is more bare rock and steeper sides.
The left side also has a number of storage tracks that will be under the mountains and the coal mine, those are in and I can now run trains completely around the U shaped layout.
As I did with the bridges, I’m building the mine and associated other buildings, a electric utility switch yard and some smaller industries as modules in my wood shop to be carried in and placed on the layout, the rest of the scenery is to be constructed around them.
So the first of these modules for the left side of the “U”, the coal mine structures are completed, and will soon get a ton more details as they are placed on the layout.
One may notice that these are pretty banged up and not clean and shiny buildings. Coal mines are dirty. The roads around them are dirty, the vehicles around them are dirty. Yep, one might say mining and transporting coal is dirty.
The kits for the mine started with the Walthers Cornerstone coal mine, and their gravel mine, and several small kits. I chose those 2 main ones because they were both modeled with corrugated steel sides. I love kit-bashing and working buildings into a scene.
I added windows to the gravel kit, and moved the suggested layout of the buildings all over the place, and added a dump for coal brought to the mine by trucks. The trucks give me the chance to model some roads cut into the mountains.
The track diagram of left-and center sections of the “U” has green for the tracks that are under the mountains and hidden, and purple for above ground tracks which are visible, yellow are the bridges I sent in pictures of some time ago.
I’ll be sending in some pictures as the mines are installed and the left side starts to take shape.
John from Baltimore”
A huge thanks to John. As You all know, I do love seeing a layout come to life from the bare bones of the bench.
Not long ago I put together my first ever backdrop. You can see that here.
Well, here’s the second (I pretty much put it together on the comments and mails from the first one).
I’m really pleased with it, but please do let me know what you all think, I’d really appreciate that.
Click to enlarge it:
It’s 18″ by 144″.
Just like the other one, to print, just put the file download on to a CD or memory stick, take it to any office stationers (Kinko / Office Max) and print it out on a smooth, self adhesive, vinyl with UV inks and a matte finish. Job done.
If you’d like to grab this back drop before it goes in the store at full price, you can grab it here for just $7.
That’s all for today folks.
Please do keep ’em coming – it’s all getting a bit thin on the ground again this end.
And if you’d like to make the very first step towards your own layout, the Beginner’s Guide is here.
PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here. Still going strong.