Dan’s been in touch again with a multi level train layout that he helped bring to life:
“I had a request to do the scenery for a layout that was basically finished except, no scenery.
It was a multi level layout. Two levels that needed scenery and a lower level that was storage and run through.
The railroad was the fictional “Hoosier Hills” RR. It represented southern Indiana. There are many limestone outcrops, valleys, and rivers in the area. He wanted some of those points to be represented in the layout.
As you will see, there were obstacles to overcome. I will also show a failure at one point in the process.
You don’t see failures shown very often. The room was above the garage and part of the house. There was a straight wall and then a small alcove. He had a tight reverse curve on the upper level there.
He thought about a power plant just below on the lower level. That was why the tight curve was there.
The first thing I did was take a saber saw and remove the curve. You will see the outcome as I go along.
The power plant also disappeared. (At least he hadn’t built it yet.) I used my basic ceiling tile rocks, sculpta mold, plaster cloth, and Envirotex water for the project. Sedum, or often called Everlasting, is the tree material.
The layout features a helix. Common these days. However, I believe they can be a scenic feature. This will be a future post. Worth waiting for I think.
This is the corner with the reverse curve in place. He wanted a power plant where the Boom Box, radio, and tapes are. On the top to the right is a large grain elevator (not shown) on the next level down the track to the right is a switching yard to make up trains and brake them down. On the lowest level behind the chair is the return loop from staging.
This shows the straightened reverse curve.
This show the beginning of the Gorge. Sorry for the focus.
Looking back toward part of the layout. The helix is in the distance.
Looking the other way with the straightened stack. The ceiling has a severe slope as you can see.
Next, I painted the background trees and “hills” for the gorge.
Pretty far into the building of the Gorge. Just basic ceiling tile pieces in a “natural” look.
Multi level train layout:
The river goes toward the backdrop and then bends right behind the Gorge rocks. This gives depth and solves where to put the end of the river. The “Failure” I mentioned is in the upper left of the photo.
This is black pillow foam filling. I use spray glue and a mix of ground foam to make ground cover. This looked promising….until photo 11. I just did not like it. Some other place might be OK. Just not here.
I settled on plaster cloth and sculpta mold. Then covered with ground foam. The lighting is this room was sometimes impossible. He had a small window that let in bright sun light and mixed with the florescent lights made the color off.
The river plaster is in place and the edges sealed. I run some plaster up along the tile about 1/4-1/2 inch to seal any small openings. The Envirotex will find ANY small opening.
Multi level train layout:
The Gorge! I used the basic scenery techniques. For the “moss” I spread some 50/50 white glue and “wet” water (a drop or two of liquid dish soap) on the faces of the rocks. Then with a stiff sheet of paper, with the colors I want, of fine ground foam and gently puff the foam over the rocks. BEFORE DOING THE WATER. I go back later with small pieces of the clump foliage for added effect in places.
The trees are Sedum or Everlasting. The tops of the plants dry during the winter. (These make small florets that look pinkish during the winter. When dry they sort of look like broccoli. We use spray glue and sprinkle on ground foam of the color of choice.Then I pull appart the clumps for individual trees.
The owner of the layout and his wife loved to fish. She is in the boat and he is fly fishing and the sting is a strand of her hair.
Just a scene of the Gorge.
More of the Gorge the train leaving the Gorge.
I hope you liked the building of the Gorge.
A huge big thank you to Dan (again!) for sharing his multi level train layout.
You can see more of Dan in the Hall of fame: Santa Fe Dan.
That’s all for today folks.
Please do keep ’em coming.
And if today is the day poke boredom in the eye, the Beginner’s Guide is here.
PPS More HO scale train layouts here if that’s your thing.