Northeastern HO scale switching layout

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Raboliοt

Always on the run !
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Just found this very interesting thread. I'll follow it with a great interest.
Just for the fun: ALL my locos switch everywhere. I'm allowed to do that because I'm French.
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kleiner

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Just found this very interesting thread. I'll follow it with a great interest.
Just for the fun: ALL my locos switch everywhere. I'm allowed to do that because I'm French.
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Glad you like my layout! I have visited France for work several times in the 1990s. I used to work at an office near Nice. I enjoyed riding trains in France a lot. My favorite trip was on the TGV from Nice to Paris - so much fun!
 

kleiner

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Tried out the plastic pellet transfer facility in the intended spot on the layout - with a suitable hopper car in front of it. I am really pleased with the way this has turned out. I learned about this kit when I was watching a YouTube video by Stephen Bennett on his channel. He did warn that this was a fiddly kit but it was definitely worth the effort.

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kleiner

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This is a small thing but having the right tools really makes modeling more fun. I just got this right angle iron from MicroMark and have already put it to good use. I have never had a steady hand when it comes to fine modeling so I need all the help I can get :)

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kleiner

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File this under "live and learn" :) I am fixing a couple of mistakes:

1. I bought 0.060" (1.5mm ) thick sheet styrene for the paved areas. It was much too thick and hard to cut. I have now ordered 0.030" sheet styrene for the paved areas. I will use that on the other side of the layout.

2. I painted the parking area around the big warehouse black and it just did not look right. So I walked around my neighborhood to see what color asphalt actually is and realized it needs to be light grey. So I bought a can of grey latex paint and it looks so much better now!

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kleiner

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OK, but the street in front of the house just had a slurry seal put on it today and it is midnight black!
I have seen that too but the color seems to fade in a few months to various shades of grey. Especially in industrial areas, the asphalt looks pretty bleached. I wonder if this because the gravel in the asphalt gets polished by the tires of vehicles
 

kleiner

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And now a silly question ( I'm allowed to ask it because I'm French 🤣 ): I'm a little bit lost. What are the dimensions of your layout ? Thanks.
You can certainly ask that question :) It is 2 ft by 12 ft (610mm by 3660mm).

I have much more room available but I deliberately decided to make a small layout in the hope that I will actually complete it!

Edit - I made a mistake. The layout is only 610mm wide!
 
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kleiner

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To give the layout a little bit of up and down contours, I cut out a piece of extruded foam and shaped it using a Surform. I will coat this with wood filler.

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And here is how it will look on the layout
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boatwrench

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"To give the layout a little bit of up and down contours, I cut out a piece of extruded foam and shaped it using a Surform. I will coat this with wood filler. " - kleiner

is there an advantage to using wood filler rather than a thin coat of plaster?
 




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