Saturday, February 15, 2014

The Best Laid Plans...

...don't always work out so well.  I had intended the area shown here to contain the locomotive servicing facilities, but the brewery complex is a better fit.  So the next project is beer!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

TOFCEE - Complete

TOFC - for "Trailer On Flat Car" - was the forerunner of today's container trains.  B&O began this service in 1954, and labeled it "TOFCEE" service, probably to force correct pronunciation, or maybe just to differentiate it from its competitors.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Weathering Dirt

With the track ballasted, the terrain covered in grass, weeds and soil, and the buildings completed and set in place, it's time to make the dirt roads more... dirty.  These roads see a lot of heavy truck traffic, and typically (at least in the 1950's), dust was kept down by oiling the hard-packed dirt, adding to the oil the trucks themselves would leave behind.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Trucks and Stuff

Been working on some trucks and accessories for the area under construction.  Above are some completed trucks, and the buildings and loading ramps are now painted and weathered.

Monday, December 30, 2013

The thin leg takes shape

My TOFC (Trailer on Flat Car) facility is taking shape.  This is the thin leg of the railroad at the entry door to the basement, and is above the previously completed hidden staging - you can see that since the fascia board has been temporarily removed.  The trackwork, roadway base (white foam board), and foam terrain contours are glued in place, and the as yet unpainted yard office and scale house are in place for a fit check.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Viaduct and River Area - Complete!

The second scenery area is now completed, the viaduct and river, along with some small industries.  A tough area to build (see my post "Tricky Terrain" from February of this year), with the complexities of the terrain.  I'm very happy with the results, and hope you enjoy viewing the photos.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Making a (small) Scene

The scene above is a little service station along the road just beyond the grade crossing.  The basic terrain, ground cover and asphalt road were already in place.  Here's how I build up the additional detail to complete the scene.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

More Tree Planting

Once we've got our trees done, it's time to plant.  Besides the trees, here's what I use: some bagged lichen and leftover materials from the supertrees, white glue, and Alene's Tacky glue.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

SuperTrees - Start to Finish

If you look back at my September 3, 2012 post "Trees", you'll see my first go-round building Scenic Express SuperTrees.  They turned out great, but took so long to build, I was dreading this next batch.  Learning from what I did last time, and doing some more online research, I've changed my process a good bit.  They look the same, if not better, and take a lot less time to complete.

Sunday, August 18, 2013


Animation on a model railroad comes in many forms - movement, lights, sound, even smells! - and can be activated manually or automatically.  Most animation comes from the trains themselves, which, after all, are the stars of the show!