I found some old photos while looking for something else. Roo.
I can see lots of differences between your layout then and now. Either way your layout still looks really good!
I once ran Cement traffic using MTH gondolas I milled the Canisters down so they did not look to high sitting in the Gon also converted them to 2-Rail.
I used to be a 10 hour a day modeller now I'm a four hour a day modeller. Roo.
Roo 10 hours, 4 hours it all looks great. Your wharf on the isthmus is fantastic.
Roo, Not familiar with your work. May I ask about your backgrounds in the photos? The large blue panels with clouds. They appear to be a facade in front of the real walls. Can you tell me more about them? What are they made of and how are they attached?
I'm starting a layout in an unfinished basement. I don't want to create real walls and painting the concrete wont get me the effect I'm looking for. A false wall/facade might be the answer. Yours look great! Thank you in advance!
First an answer for John and thanks to everyone else. The backdrop is Flexi Ply easy to bend because I wanted to have curved corners the "sky" paint is just cheap water based house paint coloured to what i thought looked right the 'clouds" are from a spray can lightly feathered in a circular motion careful not to heavy on the spray. The ply is on a framework of 2X1 pine attached to the wall could have made it free standing attached to the baseboard but took the easy way out as i have changed the baseboards an number of times over the last 30 odd years.
Now todays photos during an operating session which we have every Friday just three of us.
The official photos show a derailment caused by an ingot car pushed over the dirt bumper causing the Gondola to hit it and throwing the gon into the locomotive no one was hurt except their pride and an enquiry is underway and I can tell you quietly those "dirt bumpers" are going to be replaced with Steel one's very soon! An unfortunate chain of events involving two maybe three trains the ingot car was not moving at the time but sitting on the dirt to close to the curved track "Tsk Tsk"!
The ist photo shows a coke train heading for the high line while the workshop yard is recieving a pipe load.
2nd Photo shows the BOF receiving a load of scrap while an empty Hot Metal train is waiting to depart.
3rd photo shows action at the Rolling Mill while next door a passenger train has just arrived using the RS3 for power.
4th photo shows an empty slag pellet train arriving at Valley Forge.
That's it for today a very enjoyable day of train running with my mates. American trains are never boring especially O scale one's! Roo.