Here’s what I love most about this hobby, or maybe this hobby and this blog: making a start!
I often say it, because I know so many folk on the newsletter think about taking the plunge – but it just never happens…
So why am I saying this (again)?
Here’s why. Have a look at what Eddie’s done, but first have a look at his first post, which is here.
Now have a look at what he’s done:
I got in touch with you in March to introduce my loft railway.
I have made a bit of progress on the landscaping front since and I thought I would share it with you,
I have named the layout ‘Tarry Mill’ after the farm my mother was brought up in in Scotland.
I started the landscaping down on side, and I am about a quarter of the way down.
It comprises of two inclines, raised section and one tunnel portion. I used expanding foam filler for the surrounds of the inclines and foam insulation board for the hill and tunnel section.
The tunnel mouths and wall sections are made from foam insulation boards. I scored it with a pencil to give a stone block effect and textured them with a small blade, once painted and a quick dry brush with white to highlight looks not too bad.
I have used sawdust and wood shavings for ground cover. I dyed it green, dried it then put it through a blender to fine it up. I also used Javis scatter to highlight some areas.
I have enclosed a few photos, I hope they are good enough to publish?
Keep up the good work
Just goes to show what a little vision and a little work can do. And of course, making a start…
Now on to Paul. And he’s also got some good advice too. (His last post is here.)
Thank for publishing my last submission to you, I had a lot of nice comments from around the world.
I gained a lot of useful ideas from your contributors whilst building my layout. Here are a couple of tips from me.
I have a colleague who started his layout before me. He built a tunnel. Then he had a derailment in the tunnel and had to knock it down to get to the trains. So learned from his bad fortune and realised that you must have access to all tracks, wherever they are. So I incorporated a hinged flap into my tunnel allowing access. Saves a lot of future problems.
I saw that one of your contributors suggested using the power source from an old computer for lighting etc. this is exactly what I did. I can confirm that it is an excellent idea and gives plenty of power.
Another tip is to use an old analogue controller to power the turntable. I have also used an old Hornby transformer for the power to my points.
Just a little extra. I came across my old Airfix planes from the 50s and 60s. ‘Never throw anything away’ is something I believed in even then and had kept all the unused parts and decals from them. So after a great deal of refurbishment and rebuilding I decided to add a little extra something to my train room.
Hope you like the photos.
Lastly for today:
Please don’t forget to vote in the scratch building competition by leaving a comment. Some of you have emailed me your vote- they won’t count.
It’s the votes on the page that decide the winner, that way everyone can see.
Please do keep ’em coming.
And if you’re bored of watching, rather than taking part, start your layout today – what’s stopping you? No really, what is stopping you? The Beginner’s Guide is here
PS Looking for the ebay cheat sheet? It’s here. Still going strong.