At the recent end of October GSMTS in Timonium MD, couldn’t resist adding this item
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.
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.
Continuing about my visit to the Vermont rail yard. It certainly has a nice view from Vermont rail Headquarters.
Right on the shores of Lake Champlain.
Was able to see the old turntable (still used), and then did get to ride along on a switching move.
A very enjoyable and unexpected day in Vermont.
Great day visiting the Vermont Rail yards at Burlington, right on the shores of Lake Champlain.
Will post more from that day in other posts
Getting track in place on the concrete bridge including ballast.
Still need to weather the track and the bridge.
Another view of the area from under the bridge.
Putting the arch bridge in place and starting to embed it into the landscape.
Next laying the track on the bridge, more growth along the water and weathering the bridge and the rock castings
The Walnut lane bridge was certainly most of my wanting to reproduce something similar in HO scale. Although the Walnut lane bridge is a roadway bridge with cantilevered sidewalks, the main structural elements for a railroad bridge would be similar, and I did not try to reproduce an exact copy this bridge, which is right in my neighborhood.
The bridge was built in 1908 and at that time was the longest masonry arch span in the world, just now finishing a restoration.
Rapids not quite finished. but moving along, flowing off the front of the layout.
Moving on from two posts ago, working with the water
showing a detail of tree branch in the water
Adding more layers including highlights and foam
The next step was to airbrush the bridge with aged concrete.
Then test fitting the bridge in place
Then working out the river area under the bridge with aluminum angle, foam, plywood, masonite and caulk
Then fleshed out a little more with rocks, sculptamold, and the start of scenery
More scenery and bridge weathering in a future post.
Back, finally, to casting the second side of my arch bridge, so to bring things up to date, here are a few shots of the mold and initial pour.
and leveling off
Then back to the present starting the second pour
I’ll continue detailing and assembly in the next post