My small yard

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by Strthoky, Jun 10, 2003.

  1. Strthoky

    Strthoky Member

    With limited space and being my first layout I wanted to kep things a bit simple.. that and those darn turnouts cost some money when you have a huge yard. I wanted to have concrete because I figured I could maybe switch it to intermodel easier if I so decide in the future. besides it is my story and I can change it if I want.. :D :D .. the R.R. company decided to just leave it a small yard :D

    But anyways here it is...


    after the joint compound sets for a few more days I think I will touch up the paint job... I was in a hurry due to excitement..



  2. Strthoky

    Strthoky Member

    and some more



  3. sapacif

    sapacif Member

    Looks good. In fact, very good for concrete. I am unable to get the spackling in between the rails; I use plastic and it leaves gaps because I have to leave room for the wheel flanges. Apparently you have solved this. Do the wheel flanges touch the "concrete?" Also, how did you scribe the cracks in the concrete?
  4. Strthoky

    Strthoky Member

    It is hard to see but I sanded the spackling down pretty good between the rails and test run all my cars through it... as far as the joints... I cut a piece of styrene the size of a "cement slab" and used it as a guide to scribe the joints in with an exacto knife. I varied some up to look as if they were cut out and replaced as needed over time.
  5. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

  6. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    Well done Strthoky. Looks realistic.
  7. Strthoky

    Strthoky Member

    Thanks. I am not 100% happy with it.. I have to put a fence up and some other things
  8. Strthoky

    Strthoky Member

    i reworked a bit... does it look any better???



    and I had some fun playing with backgrounds:D :D

  9. interurban

    interurban Active Member

    I think you have done very well strthoky:D
    There is no stopping you now, onward and forward:p
  10. Sir_Prize

    Sir_Prize Member

    I'm seeing what remains of a larger industry, that died. The tracks
    and cemented area are all that remains.
    Your rail line has taken it over as a means of recycling (makes EPA
    happy) unused material. Giving possible work and income back to
    that area.

    Looks very real, especially with that backdrop.

    Yes.... I daydream a lot. :rolleyes: ;) :D
  11. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    Great job...looks to me like the remains of an old passenger terminal...or, with the addition of some foundation evidence, an old car or engine shop, burnt out or removed years ago. Crispy Crinkles, you could have fun with this one's history, keep it up.
  12. McFortner

    McFortner Member

    So, any chance of an Air Force Recuriting Station on your layout? ;)

  13. MCL_RDG

    MCL_RDG Member

    Did ya ever...

    ...see something that just looks so right and ya don't know why?

    A couple of these pics make me go, "hmmmm"!

    I wasn't even planning on it (yet) but I now see how to dress a team track I'll have. Pretty cool!


  14. sapacif

    sapacif Member

    This has been a most instructive thread. I like the concrete and I like the old building/abandoned area concept. You really see a lot of good ideas on The Guage.
  15. csxnscale

    csxnscale Member

    Man, you make this little things look so real.

  16. davidstrains

    davidstrains Active Member

    Like the folks have said, this is one reason I keep coming to the Gauge. Every day is a new learning experience. The use of the concrete and trackage is convincing and your addition of the backdrop to the set just added 70 sq. mi. to your layout.

    Nice work. :) :) :)

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