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  • I read an article in a recent Model Railroader that talked about making foundations for structures as a way to make them fit better into the scenery. After thinking about it and knowing I need to raise the passenger platforms I decided to give it a try. The article recommended three materials to choose from; wood strips, foam board, and plaster with or without a fa├žade. For my purpose I chose the foam board.

    Using the base of the platforms I traced the outline and cut the foam board. The type of board I chose required two layers as you can see.



    Since there are four platforms I had to cut a total of eight pieces.



    I had to cut out for the stairs in two of the platforms.



    I placed the boards and the platforms and checked the height against a passenger coach.



    Checked to make sure the cuts for the stairs were done correctly. When the foundations are in place I will use scrap to fill in the gap.



    The platforms are too far from the rail. The little plastic people would have quite a jump to board. Therefore I have to remove some of the roadbed edge.



    All the roadbed edge removed for the platforms.





    Test of the platform location.



    Next I need to paint the foam board black. I also need to figure out a way to keep the ballast out of the area of the foundations. I don't want to set the foundations until the blalast is in place as I don't want it spilling onto the foundation and creating problems with setting the platforms.

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      • How about using that ruler in the photo or a strip of material pushed up against the cork to keep the ballast from creeping where you don't want it. Maybe a piece of painters tape or two sided tape might work. One the ballast dries from gluing, just peel up the tape, and the undesired ballast comes with it ??? Just a thought.

        Fifth "Dave" to the right
        Home of the HOn3 North Coast Railroad, along the shores of Lake Ontario.

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        • Or maybe wax paper at the footer edge....not sure.
          Philip

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          • Tom,

            Nice job on the track weathering! Thanks for sharing the idea of using the paint pens as well.
            The foundation technique looks like it works well, I'll keep it in mind for the future.

            Scott

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            • I finally got to the ballasting. Here is the inside track. The wood is preventng the ballast from getting into the area where the station platforms will go. Shot taken not longer after the glue mixture was applied.





              Glue has dried and wood is removed.





              The outside track track's turn





              Outside track after the glue dried.





              Next up is placing the station platform foundations.

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              • Here are the painted foundations.



                Foundations glued in place.





                Station Platforms in place temporarily to see how they look. I will attach them permanently once the scenery around them is done.





                Next is making the station building foundation. I need to figure out the exact location for the station building and the roads around it. For the roads I have the Walther's Asphalt Street kit. Never used it before but I am willing to try.

                Last edited by TomPM; 01-25-2022, 06:55 PM.

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                • Tom,

                  The ballast and platforms look very good.

                  I'm wondering what brand of ballast you are using. Is it working well?

                  Mike
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                  Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin

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                  • Tom,
                    The platforms look good, nice height. The ballast looks good too, I like the color. I was wondering what brand as well.

                    Scott

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                    • Michael_Hohn
                      CNE1899

                      The ballast is Woodland Scenics Medium Gray Ballast. Thus far it is working well. It is what I used on the previous layout.

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                      • Thank you.

                        I enjoy watching you build your layout.
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                        Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin

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                        • After a great deal of thought I have decided to shelve the Engine Terminal. Trying to make it work was just getting more and more frustrating. The idea is not dead as it will be incorporated most likely in the future expansion of the layout.

                          Doing more thinking I came to the conclusion the station needed a third track. This came about as I thought about operations and how passengers and baggage would be handled at the station. I took a close look at the rear doors on the station building and realized they are not for passengers. They are too plain and business like. The passengers would use the platform stairs which would access an underground concourse to the and from the station. Baggage presents a challenge. There are not elevators to the platforms and no one is carrying baggage upstairs. As of yet I have not found any elevators I can model for the platforms. I have a few ideas but in the meantime the baggage will be brought through those rear doors and loaded on trucks which will be driven to the platforms. The process will be reversed for incoming trains. With all that being said I can now justify having a track between the platform and the building.

                          Adding this third track also brings me back closer to the original track plan. I spent a week or so thinking about the track layout and thenI put it together as seen below.









                          I ran a couple of test locos using my LNE Atlas S-2 and the Unlettered Bachmann 4-8-2 Light Mountain. The NYO&W Light Mountain is temporary out of service. I proved to myself tonight the stalling on the frogs is from the missing pick-ups. I have a new replacement piece that has the pick-ups. I just need to replace it.

                          The video shows the tests.

                          https://youtu.be/nBL5d7McpjI

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                          • The RK&M has its first customer delivery!

                            As I stated I am returning to the original track plan. There are some minor changes due to either the unavailability of track or what will work. The plan called for a siding for the Northern Power & Light plant. I followed the plan as close as I could but since I don't have any 15 inch radius curved track I had to use all 18 inch.







                            I am thinking about moving the wye so I can install longer storage tracks.

                            Here is a video of the delivery.

                            https://youtu.be/dr_3PyZCqi4

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                            • I moved the wye and lengthened the storage tracks for the power plant





                              I then reworked the connection from the inside track to the third track.




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                              • I had one those inspirational moments and I figured out how to get the Cement Company Diorama back into the layout. Once I selected the corner I had to adjust the mainline tracks.





                                Then I placed the diorama on the corner so I could determine what I had to remove from the diorama and from the layout.





                                Cut and remove the foam board from the layout to fit the diorama.



                                After trimming/removing parts of the diorama I put it in place.





                                Lastly I added the connection track using some flex track and a #4 switch.




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