Tagged With "scenery"

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Coffee grounds for scenery?

paul4653 ·
I have read some people have used coffee grounds for scenery and ballast on a layout. Any suggestions or comments?
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Lee Willis ·
This subject has been beaten to death in previous threads. Keep in mind you will find people on both sides of nearly any question here. Use the search function and do your research, then decide for yourself.
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Avanti ·
Try the SEARCH function on this website and you will find yourself drinking from a fire hose.
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Former Member ·
Don't do it! Use scenery products sold to be used as such
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Avanti ·
Originally Posted by Laidoffsick: Don't do it! Use scenery products sold to be used as such Do we really need to go through this whole discussion again? By no means does everyone agree with the above advice. I repeat: Use the search function and you will get all sides of this argument.
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Chevelle17 ·
I couldn't agree more with Avanti. I think that everyone has their own opinion and what works well for one person might not work for another. You could always make a small sample to see if you are happy with the result.
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Jim Policastro ·
Here are a couple for starters. Coffee I Coffee II Jim
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Former Member ·
Same argument when it comes to what to use as ballast. He ask for comments so I gave him one. Many of the topics in this forum CONTINUE to pop up, many members do NOT use the search forum, or don't know how to use it.
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Avanti ·
Originally Posted by Laidoffsick: Same argument when it comes to what to use as ballast. He ask for comments so I gave him one. Many of the topics in this forum CONTINUE to pop up, many members do NOT use the search forum, or don't know how to use it. I did not at all mean to be critical, and, yes, I do realize that topics recur. It is just that this particular topic recurs SO often, has been discussed SO thoroughly, and is always SO heated, there is perhaps more than normal cause to start...
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No Dust Styrofoam Cutting

tplee ·
I dislike the mess when cutting styrofoam sheets.  I find the heated wires too slow.  I just tried these blades from Bosch (T113A3 Knife Edge) in my Festool Jig Saw.  Absolutely no saw dust.  They are a knife blade that yield very...
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Quick and Easy Yucca Plants for your scenery

baggetta ·
My Tombstone & Southwest Railroad layout needs lots of plant scenery native to the desert. So I'm always on the lookout for ways I can add to it. In my flower garden I noticed that the seed pods from my cornflowers looked a bit like those luxuriant yucca plants you see in desert surroundings, so I set about trying to make some mini yuccas for my layout. As you can see from the image they didn't come out too bad. This is a picture I used as my model. A real yucca...
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Scenery Update:

Redshirt214 ·
Pictures will some later in the week (still getting used to the new forum software, and it's finals week), but hopefully things will be warm enough in my neck of the wood that I can get a few pictures of what I've been working on recently. Anyhow, on to the topic at hand: I've been working on various small projects on the layout during my breaks, in an attempt to get as much done as I can and improve my modeling skills. I have nearly completed the far set of hills on the layout, having...
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rboatertoo ·
Thanks for the tip on the blades. I picked some up at Menards on closeout. They work great on cutting the foam boards!!!!! No dust!!!!!
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DMASSO ·
Excellent results.
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chris a ·
Buzz, I agree totally, I am glad you posted as I had some of these blades in U Shank, but I recently picked up a really nice Bosch 5.5 AMP heavy duty jig saw. I have used the "knife edge blades" to cut rigid foam, homasote, and most recently some 3/8 inch thick commercial carpet tiles I installed in my train room.... It's great to have a part # for a Bosch T shank knife edge blade, these things are great.
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Re: Thank goodness for abunance of scenery materials

Lou N ·
Note that water glass is another term for sodium silicate solution. Not sure of the benefit of using it as an adhesive. Where's our chemists? Lou N
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scale rail ·
The thing I didn't like running my 2026 around the tree at Christmas was the metal tinsel that would fall on the tracks. It shorted out my train. Don
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Ace ·
I've used plain natural lichen material for shrubbery on my HO layout. Yeah, it dries out and gets dusty eventually but I figure I can just pull it all off and use more free new material to replace it some day.
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Thank goodness for abunance of scenery materials

rrman ·
This topic might be better suited for landscaping forum maybe, but figured majority readers come here. Re-reading 1949 Instructions for assembling and operating Lionel trains, a page entitled how landscaping will make your layout more realistic. Landscapes made of natural and green dyed sawdust sprinkled over water glass solution (?). Shrubbery is Norwegian Lichen (no details that it is to be soaked in glycerin to prevent dry outs). Rivers are blue construction paper with painted white...
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Moonson ·
Here's an idea I'll share, which some of you may find interesting, helpful, and enjoyable to try. I have used "3M" tape, specifically a stair-tread tape, that works nicely for roadways. I get it in large rolls. It peels off well, cuts easily, has a temporary paper backing which is pealed-off when desired for permanent emplacement of the tread-tape as roadway, and once it is applied, it stays put, very tightly. But, judge for yourself, via these photos of my use of it as pavement in a variety...
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scale rail ·
That looks great. I got to get some. Don
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gg1man ·
Now that's a great idea "Moonson".
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c.sam ·
I've used dyed sawdust with great effect on my old layout and we use it at the club as well. You can mix different batches in different shades of green-to-yellow for variety. Cheap too! The mountains are the old cardboard-strips covered with torn paper bags, house latex paint sprinkled with the sawdus t mixtures
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BAR GP7 #63 ·
FrankM. Vero nice idea. Thanks for sharing. -Johan
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j white ·
I used the same stuff (well, I don't know if it's 3M or not) on my modules when I built them 5 years ago or so. The stuff is just now starting to come undone on the edges. It's pretty heavy duty. J White
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Re: 4x7-ish Fastrack Layout Plan!

Former Member ·
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Moonman ·
try this configuration to take the kink out of the inner passing siding. The 11.25 curves are included with a new switch.
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A 4x8 Fastrack Layout Plan.

Former Member ·
If you have any suggestions on what I should change on the layout (because I don't have very good knowledge on making layouts) please tell me in the comments, and give feedback about my layout. I Used: RailModeller 4.1.11 Paint X (a free drawing software) I'm sorry If it is bad quality.
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Moonman ·
Hi, Which track did you use? So, you have clockwise running with an engine service siding and a customer siding. The spur on the left will be head end first with the engine. if the switches are O31 FasTrack check the length. They are actually 11 3/8" long, not 10" The spur on the left is too long and the roadbeds are overlapping. Add a short track to the straight on the top and bottom of the main loop. A 1 3/4" would do it.
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PRR1950 ·
Moonman, Thread title says he's using Fastrack. Your suggestions are sound. Chuck
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Former Member ·
Guys I made a new forum on my changed up layout so come and see it! https://ogrforum.ogaugerr.com/t...-ish-fastrack-layout
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4x7-ish Fastrack Layout Plan!

Former Member ·
I got suggestions on what to change on my layout so here's new one! I'm pretty sure there are some flaws in the layout so help me out in finding them! Here are some things you need to take note of: I am only going with O36 track because I think it is best for a beginner like me! I don't need to worry about curves because I am only running Lionchief engines! I am using Lionel's Fastrack system. I am trying to go cheap here, This whole layout costs $498 for me. (I didn't include the extra...
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Former Member ·
I just want to give everyone here a hug! You guys helped me a lot and I learned something!
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Jan ·
I reworked your original layout. Note that each switch as an 1 3/8" straight extension on the through leg as Carl mentioned. An additional 1 3/8" is added to the upper straight part of the loop to close the loop because of the extra length of the switch. The layout is still less than 6' wide. You can lengthen it by adding straights. Jan
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TM Terry ·
First you need to decide on an obvious "must" before it is wise (financially) to proceed. Are you truly limited to 4'x8' layout (no wider and no longer)? An extra foot of width could avail space for wider diameter curves. Thereby allowing the running of longer locos and rolling stock (though, not much) An extra foot or two of length would make a passing track more practical. A suggestion on turnouts. Use as wide a turnout as is practical, at least, on spurs. Why go with O36 switch, if an O48...
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Former Member ·
I do agree of using same number of left and right hand switches! I should have talked about my plan with more detail.
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JD2035RR ·
Im not sure of the geometry of the fastrack and I'm not well versed in scarm, but I would make the bottom portion a passing siding so you could park 1 train and bring out another. Also, I would make two different spurs on the mainline to give your trains places to pick up and drop off freight and people. I've attached a crude drawing of what I've said above using the same number of left and right hand switches.
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Former Member ·
Thank you everyone! Looking forward to changing the layout!
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Former Member ·
How about the siding to the lower left?
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Former Member ·
Is this good? I made the bottom switches have more space to fit a locomotive and rolling stock, the spur track doesn't overlap the main loop anymore either
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Former Member ·
Here's what my layout is based off of, I like the idea of those switches to the right, I always thought it was a good idea.
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Re: 4x7-ish Fastrack Layout Plan!

Jan ·
Now with a passing track and extended to fill 7 feet. Jan
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Former Member ·
Well done! I dont plan on using your version of your layout because I need a good use of my uncoupling track and at least use all my track I already have. I also don't want to fill the whole table because I wanna add trees and other kinds of scenery. (I have 7 pieces of 10" straights, 1, 5" straight, 5" uncoupling section and 4 O36 Curves. Also I realized that I had 7 straights, for some odd reason I thought I has 3 straights.)
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Moonman ·
KINK- That quick turnback in your plan at the top - the 11.25 going the opposite of the turnout track of the switch. Engines and cars don't like that kind of movement.
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Jan ·
The siding st the lower right is to short. It must be long enough to hold both an engine and a car. You will need to reconfigure hoe the siding comes off the loop. Also, the layout you are showing is not 4' by 8' but 4' by 6'. Jan
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TM Terry ·
I wouldn't suggest a tunnel at two corners of a small layout. Maybe a tunnel on one corner and a cut through a small hill on the other back corner, all while staying on grade. On my old 5' x 12' layout I had a hill in one corner that I cut through and shored the walls with "stone wall". If it were an actual railroad the hill would be considered too small to tunnel through.
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Former Member ·
Do you think a 0-8-0 Lionchief engine would derail?
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Tommy ·
First off, I would change the sidings to the other side. Leave the two passing tracks alone. And make the sidings as long as possible. I see no reason for the reverse siding. If the layout was larger it might make sense in terms of switching. Two LONG sidings. You can do switching and store your cars. There never seems to be enough space for cars. And a tunnel and a mountain in one corner. I like tunnels and the ability to model a mountain. Plus you could have a mine in the side leading to...
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Former Member ·
Ok thanks, I will try to make a tunnel in the corners! I don't want a larger layout and my layout is gonna be simple. I also don't know what a reverse siding is! Edit: do you mean the switch on the middle left? That is meant for a spur track.
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Former Member ·
Do they derail? I'm worried. All my rolling stock and locomotives can go through the O31 track
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