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SBuilding my first layout - documenting the journey

PXR5

49 posts

Good afternoon folks,

After a longer delay then planned I've made a start on my layout.

This is the stage I've got to so far.

 

Building my first layout - be gentle with me.

Buz

1201 posts

Hi PXR5

Looks like you have a nice size to play with, do you have a track plan you can put up.

I hate saying this but the River looks more like it would be at home on a War Games table than a model railway.

the banks should come up and level out not come up and go over if you can follow what I mean.

regards John

PXR5

49 posts

Thank you for the feedback, the banks will be smoothed out a bit more.

Building my first layout - be gentle with me.

RAF96

10435 posts


Community Moderator

You have obviously never driven through the Fens around Downham Market and that area towards Peterboroug, where the river is often well above the road and folk can barely see over it looking from their upstairs windows.

Rob

Halton Brat - Running Win 10, 64-bit - RM (Pro-Pack) with Elite as Controller-A, Select as Walkabout and E-Link as Controller-B - Locos are mostly TTS. http://www.halton96th.org.uk/page21.html

Chrissaf

8240 posts


Community Moderator

I concur. I went to a house in Norfolk to pick up a second-hand private sale Internet purchase. Nothing to do with model railways. The house was located right next door to a river (perhaps more a drainage canal than a natural river], but the river was up a bank and about 15 feet above the level of the front door step.

Chris........ Making the wood in the trees visible.

Buz

1201 posts

Hi all

The Fens is a very specific location and is very much an engineered landscape that sprouted a load of wind mills for pumping away the water until the advent of steam power. 

If it was still in its natural state it would be a series of islands and you would need a boat to get around.

No I have never driven through the fen lands but have been through on a train a number of times which is perched up on High embankments.

if the area ever floods the houses would close enough to disappear under the water.

regards John

walkingthedog

18969 posts

Just call it a canal, somewhat crooked, then the embankment is fine. Grand Union at Tring. 

WTD ........... Nurse, the screens.

GNR-Gordon-4

5159 posts

Looking good so far, PXR5. Well done! Wink Smile

 

GNR-Gordon-4 (HF)

A Thomas & Friends OO, HO and OO-9 Model Railway Gauge's Collector Since 2005, an Eddie Stobart Spotter and Collector Since 2010 and an Airfix QUICK BUILD Collector Since 2017

PXR5

49 posts

Hi folks,

Just a quick update, the river banks is flattened more on one side but will be retained on the other as I'm going to stick some industry on that side, I'm building a waterfall in the top right and have been experimenting in the bottom left with some landscaping, the two rocks in the picture were cast and painted by myself.

Building my first layout - be gentle with me.

Buz

1201 posts

Hi PXR5

I havn't tried it yet but a friend of mine sugested to me a good coat of bright yellow paint on rock castings as the first coat of paint.

His rational was that with all the sbsiquent coats of paint, dry brusing and washes that follow you can see the bright yellow and know you missed a bit.

On the industry try and choose one that has raw material coming in and finished product going out so a variety of wagons go in and come out and is something logical for the area modeled and have more than one if you have the space for it.

Don't forget the loco depot if you have one can also be classed as an industry for freight working with stores, fuel and sand coming in.

For repairs parts, scrap and empties going out.

All about the operational interest when it comes to play timeLaughing

regards John

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