Archive for April, 2008

Intermodal Yard paving installation progressing well

April 28th, 2008

I’m almost halfway through the intermodal yard paving on the first board. I have also been test fitting the loco storage track details – the loco shed with refueling, water and sand facilities as well as an old BN hopper to be used for sand storage for the sanding tower.

Latest photos are on the scenery progress page. I’ll be hopefully finishing the paving on the first board tonight – this bit is the trickiest as all the tracks here are curved…the second board will be easier as the tracks are all straight, so a lot easier to install.

To keep things simple I am not installing paving between the yard tracks – there are quite a few intermodal yards like this, so I will take advantage of that 🙂

Right, off to feed the cat, dinner for me then back to work on the modules!

Work started on paving for intermodal yard

April 27th, 2008

I have started work on the paving for the intermodal yard. So far I have started installing the supports for the styrene – I am using 5mm foam posterboard for the support strips as this puts the styrene at a level just below the top of the rails, which means I can clean the rails without scraping the paving…

Have a look at the Scenery page for the latest photos. I will be finishing off the support strips later today and then will start shaping and gluing the styrene down. Once that is all down I can put a layer of paint on…

The start of the scenery…

April 22nd, 2008

I have just started the first layer of the scenery, the ground cover. A second layer will go over this (bushes, weeds, rocks, etc), then I will lay the ballast so that it all blends nicely.

Have a look at the Scenery Gallery to see the first bit of scenery on Rochelle Intermodal.

The first section I am working on is the ground between the main tracks and the edge of the layout. The space between the main tracks will be ballasted, so no use putting any ground cover there. I will add some bits and pieces after the ballasting has been done there, but nothing drastic…a few weeds and other detail bits (old ties, parts fallen off trains, etc).

At the moment I am looking at getting a mix of Arizona Rock & Mineral Co ballast which will be close to the colour of the ballast at Rochelle (a mix of Chicago North Western Pink Lady and CSX/SP grey). It looks like Caboose Hobbies in Denver stocks it, and I am hoping to go to Denver at the end of May, so will bring back some ballast from there. I will only be able to bring back a bit at a time, but at least I can then get started on the ballasting.

I am also about to start laying the concrete apron for the intermodal yard. I purchase sheets of styrene yesterday, along with strip wood for support, and I will hopefully be able to start on that over the weekend.

Right, time for bed…I would rather stay up to do some more scenery work, but some of us have to work…no fun 🙁

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