Bill’s been back in touch with a missive on his model train tunnel.
Making the inside look good is just as important as the outside, and Bill shares how he’s done that:
Hope this finds you well as we move into fall weather.
I’ve been having some fun on my O/On30 layout build and recently built a tunnel liner for my O standard gauge track. I looked at different methods then settled on building a liner using sculptamold using a jig to get the shape.
What I started with was cutting 1×2’s that were glued together to the shape of the tunnel portal. On that I nailed a cut plastic soda bottle strip – roughly 2 inch in width. I then cut grooves on the bottom of the jig so it fit on both rails. I then added a long bolt to hold the jig and pull it along as I built up sculptamold around the jig.
The process actually worked well and did not take much time to do. I was very happy with the results and stained the inside to match the rock colors around it.
I hope others will give this a try if they are able to. The results are worth it.
Bill in Virginia”
A big thanks to Bill for the update – clever stuff with his little wooden jig for the tunnel.
And when it comes to the outside of your train tunnels – don’t forget there are quite a few in the store.
The bridges can also double as tunnels, my fave has to be the wooden tunnel though.
Now on to Heather and Jason, who despite a house move, have cracked on with their layout:
“Hi there Alastair, it’s Heather & Jason here.
I would like to say thank you very much for all you have done for us with this site of yours bringin all these members together in 1 spot.
To able to help others start their layouts is great & we thank you for this as well. It has helped Jason & I a lot with doing our layout.
We want to give you & the members a heads up on where we are with the layout & ask if any one can help us with something we know nothing about.
We have seen lift up’s & drop downs, for getting into & out of the control centre, but don’t know how they do it & that’s where we need help. How do we do it?? Sadly we have run out of room but can make it up a bit, by doing a table on wheels in the entryway, so the wheelchair can get through.
Can any one help with how the tracks meet up for trains to run without a problem & what to do about power to that area, thank you ??
We have 6 stages for our layout & number 7 about to be built. This one is where we need the help as I have planned a return track from the far side, back to the first table rather than go all the way back the long way.
We have sorted out the power problems we had in the first stage & are working on the power stuff in the other sections now.
We are just taking our time doing things but enjoying it all as we go, thanks again mate for all you do.
Heather & Jason.”
I really admire Heather and Jason’s tenacity – they have been up against it with their layout but they haven’t been discouraged.
As for the ‘up and down lifts’, I thought Lawrence’s lift bridge post may help (pic below also links to it).
That’s all for today folks.
A big thanks to Bill for his model train tunnel tips, and a huge ‘well-done-keep-going’ to Heather and Jason.
Please do keep ’em coming.
And if today is the day you stop dreaming, start doing and join in the fun, the Beginner’s Guide is here.