It’s been a while, but Rob’s been in touch with another update.
I think the wonderful thing about this hobby is just how long they take – your layout is always there, ready for you when you have the inclination. No time scales, targets or pressure. And for me it’s one of the things that make it so relaxing.
Been a while since I sent anything your way. As usual- life tends to get in the way of our train hobby. I’ve been reading your daily emails with all of the great work from the others who submit to you.
Well- its been a very cold and snowy late December and early January in the northeast US so I’ve had some time to get back on some train related projects. I’m modeling O gauge with post-war Lionel up to modern equipment. Track is all older Lionel tubular 3-rail.
I was trying to decide what to do with a flat area over my tunnel entrance for a while. I finally settled on continuing the terrain from the cliff in the corner to give some reason for the retaining wall to be there behind the tracks.
I started with another piece of 2” blue foam insulation and started carving until I was happy. I scored the face with a pencil to simulate granite blocks. I added a piece on the top of the tunnel portal to blend it in with the new scene.
Finally I scratch-built a fence to place above the tunnel entrance as well.
Here are some photos of the build and the finished product.
A little detail on the fence build.
I used some heavy gauge wire for the poles, soldered together. The fence fabric is nylon netting from a crate of oranges ( I like to scrounge for scenic pieces). I painted the whole assembly with silver acrylic paint.
Bob in New York.”
I have been receiving your posts for a couple of years now, and have never posted. So, here goes, this videos show the progress after 1 year of work on the layout.
I am modeling the South African Railways from 1980 to 1990.
Thanks for all your emails, it always helps to see what other people are doing.
Henry, from Sunny South Africa.”
A huge thanks to Bob and Henry – two fine updates. Just goes to show, it’s all about making a start.
And if you want 2018 to be the year you start, the Beginner’s Guide is here.