Layout Progress...Never too late!!! Update Late 6/13/18 (More Work on Town Scene)

Thanks Mike! I'm working on more foliage for the area and a trim here or there on the hillside (rear). Once that is done I will concentrate on making the area a little more "dirty".

I'm getting closer to ballasting and "coaling" the tracks but will save that to I get the area just about where it looks finished. I am having to lay across those tracks more often that I want to do when I have the tracks rocked up. 

Oh yeah, I need to wire it up as well.

Dave

Hey Everyone,

I have started to plant some "greenery" on the layout. Mostly vines, but some trees as well. Here is a pic update on some of that work as well as what I added around the coal tipple. You probably can't tell from the pics but I need to also weather the retaining walls in front of the steel mill backdrop. They are still a little to "clean".

Dave

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Dave where did you get the back drop with the blast furnaces? Your layout looks great. Nick

                                                                                                                             

Here is a start to my town scene ala "Dave Minarik". I wanted to capture a scene of a small Northern town where part of the town is on a hillside. This was a regular site in my youth and a great way to bring "home" to my layout. 

First you see where I traced out the main section of the town. I then built up 4"(two sections of pink foam stacked) and then cut to form. Next, I lined the roads and sidewalks that will run through the area. The final pictures shows some cut-ins for buildings. 

The next step will be to cut in the roads and trim the edges to depict rock sides. On the left of the road that crosses the railroad tracks I am considering another piece of foam and a bridge that connects the two sections.

As always suggestions and comments are welcome.

Dave

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Hey Guys and Gals,

It's been a while since I posted but here we go. This post is an update of the town scene on the layout. Most of the buildings are in place and the road system has been completed. I have begun installing sidewalks and some greenery and "pinkery" has begun to grow. 

Future work in this area will include building up the areas outside of the platform. I will need to put some buildings up on the other side of the main street. I will be installing a backdrop of a town scene that will give the town some more depth and I need to continue working on the small industrial area on the other side of the truss bridge in front of town. 

Of course more details in the town itself will continue. The buildings need wired up and some detail work needs to be done on a few of them. There are a couple of spaces I need to add a building or two and I think the town may need a parking lot. The roads need lined and weathered. I still need to install more sidewalks, plant more foliage and trees, and add other elements present in a town. Eventually human life will find its way in the small bustling area. 

Lastly, I have decided to put an access hole under the platform. The platform will not be secured to the bench work and my frequent trips atop Midtown will not be an option as more scenery gets completed.

All comments and suggestions are welcome.

Thanks,

Dave

 

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Mark Boyce posted:

Dave, I like the town not being on a flat plane but the streets go up to different levels.  Nothing is flat around here that is for sure.

Mark,

Yes, I know. I used to travel to Weirton, WV regularly and I take my inspiration from there. Most of the homes and businesses are on a hill. I know this is a regular view in much of the Ohio Valley area. My great aunt's home was on a hillside and the steps that led to the house were so steep I always thought I would fall going up and down them. 

Yes, Indeed!  Our older daughter and her husband own a house that you walk down steps from street level to the first floor, there is a walkout basement below that, with a crawl space below that.  We owned a house like that along a country road at one time, and our first house had 20 steps down to the front porch, then that many again down to below the garage in the basement.  We are at the tip top of a hill overlooking the town 300 feet below, so we don't have those problems, but sometimes it seems like a bobsled run down to town in the wintertime.  

Mark Boyce posted:

Yes, Indeed!  Our older daughter and her husband own a house that you walk down steps from street level to the first floor, there is a walkout basement below that, with a crawl space below that.  We owned a house like that along a country road at one time, and our first house had 20 steps down to the front porch, then that many again down to below the garage in the basement.  We are at the tip top of a hill overlooking the town 300 feet below, so we don't have those problems, but sometimes it seems like a bobsled run down to town in the wintertime.  

YES!!!

luvindemtrains posted:

Hi Everyone,

The dimensions of the layout are approximately 25' X 15'. It is an around the room plan which currently features a 6-track yard. The layout has a two track mainline (lower level) and a single loop branch line(upper level). I use Atlas 3 rail track. The layout is not based on any particular area and is freelance. I would venture to say, because of my preferences, the era of the layout would be from the transition era to the present. I know, how do you model that? Big gap, I know, but I like the new and old. 

I mostly use diesel power but have started to become more fond of steam power. 

Here are some random pics of the layout. I also have a couple of videos on Youtube under luvindemtrains.

I also have included the print out of the track plan but there have been a few modifications made to that. Most notably in the upper level (branch line). The three track spur section, to the right, has been re-installed on the lower level. I could not justify keeping it on the upper level. Currently this area is where I have an engine servicing facility but plan to cut through the wall and continue the layout in the adjacent room. When that project begins I will post it step by step. 

Thanks,

Dave

Will try the 1000 words as picture would not work.

On 4/2/18 @ 5:32 pm, you posted the above script and 14 pictures. My inquiry concerns your pictures numbers 4, 5, 9, and 10. These are the pictures of before and after construction of scenery around and behind a bridge on your layout. I would like to know what tool(s), instruments or technique(s) you used to create the sculpted Styrofoam prior to adding color and other details.  

Hi Paperboys,

I apologize for the late response.  

Anywho, I simply used a combination of steak knife and dry wall knife, and actually a metal paint can opener. 

I used the steak knife and dry wall to do the various carving of the foam, usually starting with dry wall knife. Then I take the paint can opener and randomly notch out sections of the foam. 

I plan to do a video using this technique, even though there are many on Youtube.

I hope this helps!

Dave

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