Saturday, June 2, 2018

Improvements to Lone "Turn-back Curve" on the Geneva Sub

   Turn back curves are locations on layouts where the track makes a complete 180 degree turn in direction.  Although almost all layouts have them, they are quite up prototypical in appearance.  When the layout was back in Rochelle, IL there were zero turn-back curves on the layout.  Here in Georgia, our basement has a narrow, 9' X 22' section where a turn-back curve is unavoidable.  So, the challenge is to disguise it a bit by breaking the curve into two sections with a scenery block.  I chose to use a small area of woods that are common in northern Illinois.  The trees do a great job of breaking up the curve and makes the scene a bit more prototypical looking.

Roads for Elmhurst, IL Metra Station Area

Roads have been added to the area around the Elmhurst Metra Station.  Woodland Scenics paving plaster was used for the road surfaces.  Styrene was used for sidewalks and Line O Tape 1/32" pin-striping was used for road lines. A backdrop has also bee added to the area.  Road signs, street lights  and people will be added next. Lots of work and detailing still also needs to be done on the buildings. Stay tuned!

Sunday, November 26, 2017

More Progress on Elmhurst Metra Station

Made a little more progress on the Elmhurst Metra Station.  Added platforms up and down the line from the main station area.  Also added striping for the warning area close to the tracks.  The kit come with yellow striping stickers, but I opted for some Tamiya striping tape I had on hand.  I plan to add a bit of grey paint to the roof edges as I do not like the brown plastic.  I also need to add streets, parking lots and landscaping.  Plus, quite a bit of weathering.  But, its coming along.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Elmhurst Passenger Station

Just completed assembly of the Kato passenger station kit for use as the Elmhurst Metra station.  The kit's prototype is the Schaumberg Metra station, which is larger than the Elmhurst station.  However, I felt it was a good match for use in Elmhurst.  The kit was a bit expensive, but it is a high quality kit and produces a very nice structure which work nicely as a Metra Station. I especially like the brickwork with mortar.  As you can see from the photo, I did not plan real well so the kit extends off the layout.  I will build a short "bump out" to support the kit. I also plan to add narrower 3/4" platforms extending in both directions about 12".

Sunday, November 5, 2017

More Water Works on the Geneva Sub

Did some more work on two bridges.  I was not happy with the color of the Des Plaines River.  It was two black and did not match the color from prototype pictures and did not match the picture I am using for the back drop. So, I repainted it a green/brown color and then added another layer of EnviroTex.  I have also added more lighting for the Maywood/Proviso area, so the pictures are of better quality than last time.

For the Fox River, I painted the river a very dark green with brown highlights.  This color matches the prototype photo I am using for the backdrop.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Progress on the Des Plaines River Bridge

I was able to paint the river bottom and apply an EnviroTex clear coat on the Des Plaines River over the weekend. I still need to re paint the fascia and tone down the graffiti a bit.  The graffiti looks like it was all painted list night.  Busy taggers!  They definitely need some weathering.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Recent Pictures

Just wanted to post a couple of pictures.  Will post more tomorrow.