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It's been a while...


Paul Robertson

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The past couple of weeks have been taken up with all things other than railways. The family invented an xmas card game which I needed to produce on the computer, and the emergency volunteer group I run has been involved in covid response recently. It hasn't been all quiet on the modelling front however. I completed the lighting on the ferry which now includes navigation and flood lighting. 

 

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(lighting now on board) 

 

The train deck has three white leds to give that well lit, blazing light, feel

 

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(train deck now let up) 

 

The next thing on my to do list was trying some yard track ballasting. I wanted to use das clay as a base and then push fine ballast into it to give a much more varied feel. 

 

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(first length of das with ballast pushed in.)

 

There was lots of clearing off round flanges and sleeper ends to neaten it all up. 

 

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(all filled in. Note I didn't bother with trying to push ballast into das in between the point rails. I thought that would be too tricky) 

 

Leaving it to dry overnight I painted the sleepers with a brown acrylic pen before starting to paint up the track in various shades of brown acrylic watered down and stippled on. 

 

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(ballast immediately around track painted darker to simulate oil stains) 

 

Having a bit of time this afternoon I also put in the French drains along the edges of the road and round the embankment. 

 

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(French drain made from ballast brushed into place and then glued with water / pva mix) 

 

Having completed the French drains I painted up some balsa wood yellow to represent concrete traffic blocks and then fixed an open level crossing sign to one. 

 

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(concrete blocks and signage in place) 

 

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(an alternative view) 

 

Another busy week with my volunteers so may be a while till my next post. Merry Xmas and thanks for reading

 

 

Edited by Paul Robertson

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