Armed with another roll of Gaugemaster’s ballasted underlay and a Dremmel, I managed to finish laying the last of the track section for this board – the sidings. I need to have a few more running sessions in here before I can say I am satisfied with the layout and finish. There are still a couple of areas where the running is not quite good enough but this will come with fettling and time. Here is a shot with the existing station, platform and loco shed temporarily placed to give an overview of the layout.
So now to move onto some structures in and around the station. First on the list were the platforms. For some strange reason, I decided not to build them solely from the Metcalfe stone platform kits. As the picture below shows, I have use foamboard glued down with Rocket glue to build the base form & structure. This is a quick method and once completed is extremely rigid. The elevation of the rail due to the added depth of the underlay, meant I needed to aim for 14mm platform height.
The track and ballast was given a quick blast over with the airbrush using Railmatch’s Sleeper Grime. (I need to add some further loose ballast and weathering here).
The trackside platform faces are from a sheet of 2mm/4mm stone embossed plastic sheet painted with a mix of approximately 60% Flint and 40% light stone acrylics. This was then given a wash and some dry brushing before being cut into 14mm stripes and glued to the foamboard structure.
For the platform tops, I looked at various methods but finally settled for using the asphalt sheets in the Metcalfe platform kits. They look reasonable and after a bit more weathering should look ok (if you squint a bit). The station building I’m using here is one I’d built for my previous layout attempt. Its the Metcalfe country station which I modified by covering in their dressed stone paper.
Next, I turned my attention to the station building. The platform side was fitted with some spare flagstones and the bargeboards and canopy posts were painted GW cream. I was debating what finish to use for the front of the station and have now settled on paving the area. It’s raised up to the same height as the platform and therefore needs some steps down to road level. These had been planned in when I built the foamcard platform structure. Once I have decided on the fencing, walling and gate arrangement for this area, I can proceed.
The furthest end from the platform throat is going to butt up against the tunnel mouth leading under the town so the Peco bridge mouth was next to recieve the hairy brush treatment. I used a mixture of greys and stone colours, washes and dry brushing to get a mixed, grimyish feel. A touch of weathering should see this finished off nicely. Heres a before and after type shot.
Next I feel some kit building coming on but I’ll finsh up this post with a pic of SR 2579 pulling a rake of Western coaches.
See you next time.