A silly idea that's working for me

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by Ralph, May 2, 2008.

  1. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

    I built most of my layout before becoming a member of the Gauge and benefiting from the inspirational photos and the vast experience here. So, I've been gradually going back and making improvements over time. Sometimes I have a little trouble focusing on where to work on the 12 X 20 foot space.

    I had this idea a month ago to make a sign that said "Improvement Area" and place it on a portion of the layout, leaving it there until I was happy with how things looked. I decided to start with my engine service area and kept the sign there, which actually did help me stick to focusing on that scene. I added details and reconfigured things a bit. I just moved it to a river side scene that needs help. :)

  2. very interesting as i find my self wondering from spot to spot on our 14x3 layout. ill have to try that:cool:
  3. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    Grand idea, I'll take about four dozen for my layout, or perhaps one six-foot wide one.:mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    Oh never mind, I don't think there's any doubt about what's happening on half my layout.:eek: :eek:
  4. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Active Member

    If it works, it isn't "silly". I think your idea is great. :thumb:
  5. Art Decko

    Art Decko Member

    Great idea! I just printed one out, and pasted it on my forehead. :)
  6. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

    sign1 This was one of the first posts I read this morning. Great way to start the day! :mrgreen:

  7. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Good idea... and you should give us the "before and after" pictures too! ;) :D

  8. scubadude

    scubadude Member

    I need one for the door of the train room! sign1
  9. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

    I'll see if I can find a couple of illustrative ones.....
    Here's one from a couple of months ago:

    and here is an updated picture of the scene:

    I moved a couple of structures and made subtle improvements like adding a staircase to one, some weathering to the roof of another. I put some little posts in the ground as guards for the road leading down into the area and railings along side the road passing by. I added hoses and other details to the sanding towers. I also made a ramp leading to the old Pennsy box car storage shed.

  10. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

    Looks Great Ralph. Poor PRR Boxcar though.sign1
  11. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

    The good news is that the PC and the KP&W, which share the facility, will never get around to painting it so its heritage will remain visible until the rust takes over! :)
  12. MadModeler

    MadModeler Member

    While I see the improvements in the second set (well done!:thumb:) Both look great!
  13. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

    Ah that is good. Speaking of the PC Ralph. For the longest time there was a MOW Passenger Car for the PC sitting here in my town for, I don't know how long. But a couple of years ago they finally removed it. Never got to take a picture of it. But there for awhile I couldn't figure out what Penn Central was until I asked around about it. sign1
  14. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

    No kidding!? How about that! Can't be too many of those around. Was it in MOW yellow? Glad you got some background on the PC...the railroad people love to hate. :)

  15. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

    Yes it was. It used to sit along the old PRR Main Line that is now a branch line leading to a coal cleaning plant.
  16. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    I'm not THAT old, am I? Oh the pain, THE PAIN!!!...I can remember Pennsylvania GG1s under wire...:oops::mrgreen:

    Nice work, Ralph:thumb:

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