John’s been in touch again. His first post is on the bottom half of this one.
Thanks for running the first part of my “bridge module.” Seeing one’s work is an encouragement to do more.
I made time to put in another few days on the next 2 bridges, and finished painting/weathering the rest of the module’s rock cliffs and concrete features of the bridge piers. I also put the ever-present rust on the first bridge.
I thought some folks might be interested in how the bridges are being constructed, so I have left the thin plywood “dummy track” pieces in the photos, and show how sections are temporarily wired in place.
As I set the heights of the various tracks, I ran into problems with where the bridge tower legs would land (can’t be in the water!) I had to design bridge sections long enough to get across the river. Fitting all of them together required the plywood tracks to hold each in place until they are glued together and painted silver.
By the way, many USA railroad bridges on the east coast are black, but many out west are silver, and I think they show rust and weathering better than black.
I had the concrete piers and walls kind of gray, but when I checked my photos, I see that most concrete around railroads is a lot darker than new concrete, and the rust from rails and wheels add some reddish-iron-oxide into the mix. I’m looking forward to doing the scenery, trees and bushes, dirt and all the vines that are always climbing up the bridge supports around here.
I also sent in the general track plan for the layout, general because I’ll be building the mountains first, and the tracks may have to be modified to fit the terrain. My staging tracks will be housed under the mountains to the left of the drawing, accessed from another door into the room. I’m hoping to have a mini-camera system to see what’s going on under there.
I’m also painting the backdrop in my mind (I’m sure it looks better there than what will be on the module, but one can wish!)
A huge thanks to John – you all know how I like an update.
Can’t wait to see the next one.
And don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide if you are feeling like you’re missing out on the fun.
Lastly, exciting changes soon happening on the ebay cheat sheet is here.
That’s all this time folks – please do keep ’em coming.