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Tis surely the season for filling between the tracks!


Killybegs

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Having been following poor Pete's tales of woe with regard to filling, I was prompted to return to 'Abergynolwyn' (after far too long a gap) and finish the filling between my own tracks using my trusted method of lightweight filler (as also used in the MPD on Bruckless Junction). This is set far enough below rail height for the rails to stand just proud of the finished surface after ballasting. I used a bit of 40 thou plasticard to to create the flangeway while the filler was setting then cleaned it up afterwards, but then, it's a lot easier in 7mm. I gave the filler a suitable wash of colour using artists' acrylics prior to ballasting with a mix of coal dust and ash from the hearth. Also splashed a bit of colour on the rocks while I was in the mood!

 

Now then, shall I do a bit more landscaping or shall I get back to upgrading the coaching stock for 'The Cornishman'!

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Hi John,

 

For full effect your photo really should be in colour although the artistic B&W does look good.

 

You have plenty of time for the Cornishman as I haven't really started on the track yet ;)

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John, hi

 

My modelling skills have taken a big hit today as first Tony and now you have demonstrated infilled track with ease leaving me feel quite inadequate :lol:

 

Seriously though, that looks very nice work and although I am still off the idea of a wet infill, one can see the good results obtained.

 

As above, a colour shot would be good too.

 

Pete

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Hi John,

 

For full effect your photo really should be in colour although the artistic B&W does look good.

 

You have plenty of time for the Cornishman as I haven't really started on the track yet ;)

 

Hi Robin,

 

I have now uploaded colour pics to my gallery.

 

I know I have plenty of time to sort the coaches (and locos!) but time does seem to disappear rather rapidly at the moment. Abergynolwyn was supposed to be finished by now!

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John, hi

 

My modelling skills have taken a big hit today as first Tony and now you have demonstrated infilled track with ease leaving me feel quite inadequate :lol:

 

Seriously though, that looks very nice work and although I am still off the idea of a wet infill, one can see the good results obtained.

 

As above, a colour shot would be good too.

 

Pete

 

Hi Pete,

 

I don't think either of us were knocking your modelling skills, we were hoping to give you encouragement! I have to say that I admire your perseverance in trying to get everything just right, which you have certainly proved that you can in the past and, no doubt, will in the future. Keep up the good work.

 

John

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John,

 

Don't worry, I certainly did not take it that way - I am always looking to improve my own standards and the great thing about this forum is that we can continually learn and take enthusiasm from others. I will be back....not sure when yet!

 

Have you a close up photo of your infill? It looks like it has some texture or is that the weathering? I am trying to represent smooth concrete, hence why I am going back to card/plasticard, but if I understand correctly, you ballasted a scrim on top of your filler?

 

Many thanks, John

 

Pete

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Pete,

 

Yes, the filler was left with a smooth but not altogether level finish and then 'ballasted'. If you are filling to rail height, you should be able to achieve a smooth level surface as Tony demonstrated on his blog. Over the next couple of days I hope to be 'surfacing' the platforms and access road. Both of these had what may best be described as a dirt finish! Today I am experimenting with suitable mixes, best so far is stone dust/sand/small quantity of ash ballast. Just been over to the beach to get more sand, having used up that which came off my trainers! Will post another blog with the results and include a close up of the track, either in the blog or in my gallery.

 

John

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