Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Cramford Trains 52

N gauge class 03 shunter D2011 and class 04 shunter D2264 with a train of brake vans
 
Class 03 shunter D2011 and class 04 shunter D2264 pass through Cramford with a train of brake vans.

Cramford is one of my N gauge scenic model railway layouts.  To see more model railway layout baseboards I have designed and built visit my website www.brianford.co.uk.

The N gauge class 03 and class 04 model locomotives photographed are product number 371-060 and 371-050A from the Graham Farish range by Bachmann.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Rounford Halt N Gauge Scenic Micro Layout with Continuous Run Part 11 Making a Pond for a Model Railway

Rounford Halt N gauge micro layout with model pond added
 
The model pond was the last significant feature to be built into the landscape for Rounford Halt, an N gauge scenic micro layout.
 
 
A piece of glass cut to shape to make the pond for the model railway layout
 
I started by shaping a piece of glass using a glass cutter until it would fit into the remaining space on the layout baseboard.  The glass was cut to gain the largest reflective area possible.

When I make a pond for a model railway layout I prefer to use a piece of glass to represent the water as the material has a highly reflective surface which can easily be cleaned to restore its lustre.  I apply very light pressure when cleaning the glass to minimise the risk of breaking it.

In my experience a model pond constructed using resin can go dull after a while as micro scratches build up on the surface when it is cleaned.  I find that this is also the case when transparent plastic is used to make a miniature water feature.
 
 
The shape of the model pond marked onto the layout baseboard
 
The outline of the piece of glass was marked onto the layout baseboard.
 
 
Holes drilled in the layout baseboard along the edge of the model pond
 
 
Waste removed between the holes to create a slot for a pad saw blade
 
Holes were drilled around the shape marked earlier.  A chisel was used to cut the waste away between the holes to allow a pad saw blade to be inserted.
 
 
The pad saw used to cut around the outline of the model pond
 
 
Pad saw inserted into a slot in the baseboard when cutting out the pond
 
 
Hole cut in the layout baseboard ready to make a model pond
 
A padsaw is a very handy item to have in a toolbox for woodworking tasks.  The saw is easy to use and a very cheap alternative to a bulky electric jigsaw.  The padsaw was placed into the slots created earlier and used to cut away the wood so that the piece of glass could be placed below the level of the surrounding scenery.

Water features such as ponds and lakes tend to sit at the lowest level within the landscape which is why I wanted to enable the piece of glass to sit slightly below the rest of the railway layout scenery.
 
 
Plywood sheet fixed over the bottom of the model pond
 
A piece of plywood was cut and fixed to the bottom of the baseboard.
 
 
Glass to make the reflective surface of the pond sat on sheets of polystyrene
 
Sheets of polystyrene cut from pizza bases were then used to raise the piece of glass to the correct height.
 
 
Close up of the sloping landscape around the edge of the model pond
 
 
Model railway scenery shaped around the miniature water feature
 
I marked the level of the upper surface of the glass around the periphery of the pond and used woodworking tools to slope the land down to the waters’ edge.
 
 
N gauge model locomotive used to study reflections in the pond
 
An N gauge locomotive was placed onto the branch line to study the reflection captured in the model pond.  If necessary, I could have lowered the glass at this stage by removing a layer of polystyrene.  I was happy with the reflections I observed and therefore chose to leave the glass at the height shown in the photograph.
 
 
Glass painted green underneath and scenery filled in around the edge of the pond
 
The underside of the piece of glass was painted dark green to create the appearance of deep water.

Filler was used to bed the glass into the surrounding landscape and allowed to dry.

I painted the filler with green emulsion paint.  When the paint had dried I applied green scenic scatter to match the surrounding model scenery.
 
 
Railway layout miniature hills and scenery reflected in the model pond
 
 
Finished model pond ready to add ground cover trees and bushes
 
When viewed from the front the miniature water feature should capture the reflection of trains trundling over the level crossing.  If viewed from other sides of the layout the model pond should capture the reflection of the surrounding landscape which will look much better when trees, bushes and ground cover are added.

Rounford Halt is one of my N gauge scenic model railway layouts. To see more model railway layout baseboards I have designed and built visit my website www.brianford.co.uk.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Cramford Trains 51

N gauge class 35 Hymek D7042 shunting mineral wagons in Cramford quarry sidings
 
Class 35 Hymek D7042 busy shunting a variety of steel mineral wagons in Cramford quarry sidings.

Cramford is one of my N gauge scenic model railway layouts.  To see more model railway layout baseboards I have designed and built visit my website www.brianford.co.uk.

The N gauge class 35 model locomotive photographed is product number ND084M from the range by Dapol Ltd.

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Rounford Halt N Gauge Scenic Micro Layout with Continuous Run Part 10 Road Constructed

Aerial view of Rounford Halt N gauge micro layout with road added
 
After building the curved N gauge level crossing, detailed in my blog post dated 21 January 2015, I created a road running from the edge of the micro layout to the rear of the station platform.
 
 
Curved road added from the rear of the layout to the station platform
 
Many country roads meander through the countryside in an erratic manner.  To create a realistic appearance I designed a curved road with only one straight length over the level crossing.
 
 
Road modelled at slightly different levels alongside the elevated scenery
 
 
Model road meandering towards Rounford Halt station platform
 
Country roads also tend to have lots of subtle gradients following the rise and fall of the landscape.  Though there is only a short length of road on this model railway layout I made an effort to construct it at slightly different levels where possible.  The rise and fall of the road is evident when it is viewed close to ground level.

The road was textured with fine sand before being painted with grey acrylic paint.  Strictly speaking the scale of the texture is a little too rough but I really dislike the appearance of very smooth roads with just a painted surface.
 
 
Road and hardstanding behind the N gauge curved station platform
 
I created a wide area of hardstanding directly behind Rounford station platform where buses or other road vehicles can turn around and wait for passengers or goods.
 
 
Imitation sandstone rock formations built into the model railway scenery
 
Whilst building the road I also made some additional model scenery on the right of the station platform.  I added some rock formations which were textured, painted and weathered to match the imitation sandstone built into the elevated scenery detailed in my blog post dated 24 December 2014.
 
 
Rear corner of the railway layout with model scenery added around the level crossing
 
The road sloped down to join the N gauge curved level crossing.  I built additional model scenery around the level crossing to blend the feature into the model landscape whilst also finishing off the last corner of the micro layout.
 
 
View along the road from the level crossing to the railway station
 
 
Rounford Halt micro layout with space left to build a water feature
 
Curving the road to follow the scenery at the base of the model hill ensured that a reasonable amount of space was left on the inside of the branch line for a water feature.

Rounford Halt is one of my N gauge scenic model railway layouts. To see more model railway layout baseboards I have designed and built visit my website www.brianford.co.uk.