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Hillside scenery & ballasting

February 7th, 2015

Today I ballasted the track at the Intermodal yard entrance to the tunnel, and added some basic ground cover.  I also added an interior to the tunnel, so when looking into the tunnel you can see the tunnel interior wall instead of just bare plaster cloth.

A lot more scenery to go, but I’ll finish the hilltop track first, then I can start on the staging yard.

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Tunnel scenery work begins

February 2nd, 2015

I’ve started on the tunnel scenery by colouring & weathering the tunnel mouth & retaining walls, and also adding & colouring some small rock outcrops on the hill.  I’ve coloured some tunnel interiors & will be adding those later this week to the visible interiors of the tunnel mouths.

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Work progresses on tunnel

January 25th, 2015

I’ve been doing some work on the tunnel.  Started off with a wooden framework, then covered that with cardboard webbing and finally Woodland Scenics plaster cloth.

I’ve added retaining walls to the tunnel mouth near the rear of the intermodal yard and a culvert under the track at the front of the yard.

This week I will add some rock faces for interest and the tunnel interior where it can be seen through the tunnel mouths.  I have added the trackbed above the tunnel for the track that leads to the new staging yard behind & above the intermodal yard and will be adding that track once I have coloured the plaster & rock faces with Woodland Scenics colour pigments.

I have also purchased a new toy for the layout…a CMX Track Cleaner!  I’ve given it a few runs around the layout on both main tracks and I am very impressed so far. It does need two locos to pull it though…pretty hefty piece of equipment!

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