Thinking about a previous post

In this time of social distancing, even though it seems perfect for model train work, I have been

more engaged in obtaining food, and other house projects, along with a certain amount of angst, as are I’m sure most of us. But, I have been reading Model Railroader and an article in the march 2020 issue, about taking scenery into the aisle, made me say-hey- I put up a post on a very similar idea almost a year and a half ago. So I thought I would share it again.

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I have a concept of the walk-in aisle of my layout being a river or small bay, so I am making my scenery (rocky banks etc.) all come down to a common level as it would be meeting a bay.

Series of shots, showing rocky banks coming to a common level.

Bank by the concrete arch bridge

Continuation of banks at bay level

Further along the bank

This showing my suspended edge, not yet fully built up with scenery

This shot from a low level showing the way the edge is built

My thought is to build a rolling cart with an area of bay level water that can be raised into position anywhere along the walk in aisle, for photography of the layout, with extended water.

I AM now ready to take advantage of the confined time to start Posting and Working on the Germantown & Northwestern!

Night about to come to the layout

About to install a 51 foot length of blue rope leds, which is just about right to do a single trace around the whole layout in from the front of the aisle.

Starting to see how I will install lights

Will use the blue lights and perhaps a string of Warm white dimmable rope lights, so I can adjust the balance between the blue and white.

Town in blue night light only

Addition of the white Dimmable light should give a night effect, but still be better able to see.

Forrest changes

Forrest being added to multiple parts of the layout, with modified commercial trees in the background and Supertrees and self made evergreens in the foreground.

Modified various trees populating the hills

Will still be modified a little more by subtle grey-blue toning, more as we approach the background

Firth of Forth Railway Bridge

Just returned from Scotland and and traveling to many wonderful sites, but the first one was something I have long admired and always wanted to see, the Firth of Forth Railway Bridge.

Forth Rail Bridge at sunrise

The bridge was everything I thought it would be and more.

View of one area of the massive structure, taken from a boat in the river.

The scale and complexity of the structure is impressive, and built in the 1880s!

Connections of the 12 foot diameter main tubes to baseplates sitting on 70 foot diameter stone piers.

And the suspended section from two cantilever arms.

suspended bridge section

Built in the 1880s but still having busy mainline traffic on both of its double tracks about every 12 to 15 minutes.

passenger train on the bridge.

Just an incredible structure.

The Firth of Forth Railway Bridge

Starting to assemble parts for a large stone wall behind the town

Been coloring these Motrack stone wall castings made of Hydrocal.

Stack of stone wall castings

These are colored, or really stained with many layers of sprayed dilute india ink and dilute woodland scenics burnt umber scenery color. They will be put up end to end with concrete buttresses at the joints of the separate pieces. Actual length of wall about 44 inches long total

Famous Designers and Railroads

Another post about designers and railroads. A few posts back, talking about Raymond Loewy’s design for the Pennsylvania Railroad’s Famous GG1. Here we have the iconic Logo for the New Haven Railway.

New Haven Railroad Logo

Herbert Matter’s NH Logo. This a page from my Type book studying Graphic Design in college.

In 1954 Patrick McGinnis took over the financially strapped New Haven Railroad. His wife Lucille convinced him to come up with a new visual look, to compete with Car and Air travel. Herbert Matter’s fresh clean and modern designs are still seen in some stations and occasionally on a metro-north locomotive as a tribute to the great design. It still lives on even as the New Haven was absorbed into Penn Central about 50 years ago.

The Mammoth Amherst Railroad Society’s Railroad Show

Just returned from W. Springfield MA from the biggest model train show in the nation. Quite an experience. Over 400,000 square ft of dealers, manufacturers, modular layouts, etc.

Car in the parking lot right where I pulled in. No doubt I was in train land!

The show is in 4 buildings. this is the entrance to one of the four (Mallary Complex)

Mallary Complex

They have some canvas covered walkways between buildings

covered walkway

This is inside showing less than half of the largest building (Better Living Center)

Partial BLC Hall photo

Some of the manufacturers show a model in progress-undecorated.This is a Rapido Pre-production model at their booth

Pre-Production Alco RS11

They also have some special things like this Real 1895 Baldwin steam engine, built for SD Warren Paper Co, that has been restored to full steam operation.

SD Warren-No-2-2Ft gauge

All in all , a very enjoyable weekend