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Michael Hohn Posted - 10/25/2014 : 9:53:52 PM
With its shorter days and days off, this time of the year tempts the modelmaker to start new projects. I try to resist temptation by beginning the new year with fewer unfinished projects on my desk.

One that has gone unfinished for too long is my model of a Central of Vermont boxcar, actually a modified BTS laser kit of a PRR 28' boxcar. Today it went through the paint shop.

Next step: Art Griffin decals.
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Ensign Posted - 12/09/2019 : 3:10:34 PM
Mike, now I understand wye you had to make these changes to your layout.
It's all coming together quite well, keep at it!

Greg Shinnie
Bill Gill Posted - 12/09/2019 : 2:57:00 PM
Mike, I got a 72" X 14" custom backdrop from Joey Ricard at Trackside Scenery. Using GIMP, I exactly recreated the long gone 1950s prototype scene behind the E. Shoreham, VT covered bridge, for the NEB&W layout.
That backdrop can be seen in the opening photo for the article about Backdating the Shoreham bridge in the October RMC.

Joey's print looks terrific and was a very reasonable price. He has a good selection of backdrops in different series that can be connected together in multiple ways and wih other of his series with transition panels.
Here's link to his backdrop info booklet: http://www.tracksidescenery.com/share/gsb.pdf
(Moderators, I have no connection to Joey Ricard or Trackside Scenery other than being a satisfied customer.



How I recreated this scene will be an article in the February issue of RMC. The backdrop will go up as the NEB&W gets rebuilt and expanded in its new location.

Bernd Posted - 12/09/2019 : 2:38:55 PM

That's a nice looking depot at the wye. Is that a kit or scratch built?

railman28 Posted - 12/09/2019 : 1:14:04 PM
That's a nice change. It adds a lot in many ways. More scenes, more operational point, better presentation.

Michael Hohn Posted - 12/09/2019 : 12:57:15 PM
Tracklaying has been started on the rural end of my layout. I decided to model the actual town of Alderson, PA, situated on a branch of the Lehigh Valley Railroad and serving a lumbering region and Harvey's Lake, a tourist destination. I have several old photos of the depot and surrounding area as well as freight and passenger trains on the branch. I have already modeled many of the flats, gondolas and boxcars, so I'm all set up regarding freight cars.

Here is a view of the rural end of my layout:

You can see the backdrop--which I will probably have to repaint to represent a hillier topography--the narrow shelf for staging representing points south, and the peninsula which will probably have a lumber industry-related scene. You can see that the backdrop really serves the shelf and peninsula for purposes of photographing scenes. You can also see my bottle of white glue, not used so much these days. Because layout-building is an iterative process for me, I've learned to use water-soluble glue for ballast. A good soaking and I can gently work the track loose and remove ballast when I make changes. The yellow wood glues are very good, but not very water soluble, and track is hard to get up in one piece, especially the Micro Engineering track I use.

I have the track down for the wye, very important for operations:

The track arrangement conforms to a map of LVRR trackage around the Alderson depot, including the wye.

I can push cars along and they run smoothly without derailments, so now I must wire this area. Then I can test it with trains.


Michael Hohn Posted - 12/02/2019 : 7:47:55 PM
Originally posted by Bernd


Have ever considered Trackside Scenery from Joey Ricard?



Thank you, Bernd. Iím familiar with their structure flats but not their backdrops. Iíll take a look.

Iíd forgotten about this company so I appreciate your suggestion.

Bernd Posted - 12/02/2019 : 7:14:42 PM

Have ever considered Trackside Scenery from Joey Ricard?


Michael Hohn Posted - 12/02/2019 : 7:06:58 PM
Bob, Thank you for the suggestion. Iíll probably try something like that before I do anything more permanent. You guys have given me some ideas.

railman28 Posted - 12/02/2019 : 5:15:13 PM
Mike, tape up a temporary one about 14" high and see if that makes things look better. it should at least improve pictures.

Michael Hohn Posted - 12/01/2019 : 4:22:32 PM
Originally posted by deemery

You could always tack up a backdrop just for photography.


Thatís true, Dave. I have a 2í by 4í portable section of Masonite backdrop intended to cover a window which I sometimes use. But I fear that in a clumsy moment I will let it fall on my layout and wipe out structures and rolling stock.

By utilizing the current backdrop I will have a scene about 4í deep with very little effort. And it will be permanent

deemery Posted - 12/01/2019 : 3:47:13 PM
You could always tack up a backdrop just for photography.

Michael Hohn Posted - 12/01/2019 : 3:30:49 PM
Originally posted by railman28

I think the move opens things up nicely. I'm eager to see the development. How are you going to handle backdrops?


Hi Bob!

Thank you for your interest and support. To answer your question, I donít plan at this point having a backdrop on the peninsula. I think it would be a nuisance during operations and would look weird. However, the narrow shelf to the left has a high backdrop which provides a good background when doing photos on the peninsula. I might add a shallow band of scenery along the front of the staging shelf, sloping down from track level, to provide the appearance of uninterrupted landscape in photos.

railman28 Posted - 12/01/2019 : 1:48:25 PM
I think the move opens things up nicely. I'm eager to see the development. How are you going to handle backdrops?

Michael Hohn Posted - 12/01/2019 : 09:39:54 AM
Originally posted by Bill Gill

Shifting the peninsula looks like it helps a lot. The wye is looking good.

Thank you, Bill.

I was reluctant at first about doing the shift but knew all along that it had to be done. The work didnít require much more than removing a few screws and two bolts.

Bill Gill Posted - 12/01/2019 : 09:04:24 AM
Shifting the peninsula looks like it helps a lot. The wye is looking good.

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