I recently decided that my layout needed some TOFC and COFC in order to really look like the D&H.
Now that the highway overpass had been raised, and inspired by MC’s Allagash
photo and some prototype photos from my era, I ordered some Athearn trailers
for the project.
An important milestone was reached on July 26, when my layout upstairs turned two years old.. Don and I met the week after, for work session #42, which brings our work time together to ( 84 )- ten hour days on the layout. Our work schedule originally called for the installation of new “ fill “ track lighting above Central Bridge and Cherry Valley ( now discontinued at Lowe’s and Home Depot we sadly learned ) so we moved to plan B.
Cherry Valley, which had been the workbench during most of the layout construction, has slowly been coming to life over the past few months, so we decided to extend the riverbed along this area
Rip Rap was added to areas prone to erosion and we also made a trip to a
local site, to collect the appropriate “boulders” for this purpose.
Structures above are by Rich Cobb and the 502 was done by Bob Harpe
The overpass at Frog Hollow was also raised and now allows for TOFC and Allagash woodchip cars. While removed, styrene curbs and gussets were carved, painted and weathered, then added along the roadway area of the bridge, which really makes a big difference.
Down in Cherry Valley,there will be a few houses situated on a small hill near the freight house, whose backyards will face the yard.
There is lots more to do down the road of course, but here
is where we are at the two year mark!
Hard to believe but my story
“Modeling a sense of place” will be the cover story in MRP 2019!!
Hope you guys are all having a great summer!!
While clearing out last years dead growth from the gardens - I noticed the "Butterfly Bush" flowers had possible uses as tree structures, in particular, birch trees.
Enjoy, Wayne Sittner
Since I, and some others of you, model the anthracite area (NEPA) We NEED birches as background, middleground and foreground models. I did come up with a way of modeling the middle ground trees (photo 3) a few years ago but, until now, hadn't come up with a way to make foreground models. The butterfly bush flowers looked like they had possibilities. (The distant trees are painted on the back drop.)
You'll notice in photo 1 (taken in Lansdale, PA) and photo 2 (my back yard) that unlike oaks, maples and other deciduous trees birches are thin bottom to top. This is a plus since it's not necessary to add thickness as you would, say, to "super trees". I simply cleaned off the flowers, painted the trunk and branches white, added Polyfiber very sparingly and, after a dose of (cheap) hairspray, added some ground foam foliage. I painted the black markings on the trunks afterward.
Enjoy, Wayne Sittner