Ground cover

First layers of ground dirt is applied on the two mine I use sifted backyard dirt mixed with fine sifted sand. It is applied in random patterns beside and over the existing track ballast. I also added a little green fine turf to simulate first weeds between the runaround tracks.

Rockpainting

I continued the work on the mainline section below the mine run with some rock painting. First pass is a to highlight some spots with a raw sienna and ocher to mimic some color variations caused by nature. In the second pass I applied a dark umber wash to some deeper spots and rock seams...

Onward … a bit

Made some progress on the cut section below the mine run. After installing the tunnel portals a while back I had to decide how to scenic the surrounding area. First idea was the put in a large concrete wall as a stud wall for the track on the mine run above. But I didn’t feel...

EMD NW2 for C&E RR

Today I caught a new resident on the C&E at Elizabeth Oaks. I have never noticed that switcher around here. I saw C&E #76 idling at the engine facility earlier today. In the afternoon she was working the tracks at East Grain Mill complex. I took a photo from the depot side as she was...

Terraforming

Last week I resumed work on the part of my layout I call the “Mine Section” – because there are two coal mines located. Within the week I spent some hours gluing down some foam board and shaping the rough landscape.Finally I filled the larger gaps with lightweight putty. Here are some “proof of work”...

Back in action

Last time I did some work on the Cleveland & Eastern dates back to late 2017 as I prepared the Elizabeth Oaks section for our local bi-anual train show. 1 and a half years …. maybe a bit longer … later the Cleveland & Eastern is still here. I freed some hours last sunday and...

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