N scale D&RGW Secret Places Sub layout progress

HemiAdda2d Oct 23, 2004

  1. up mike

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    Lookin' Good Hemi.......Nice work on the snow
     
  2. HemiAdda2d

    HemiAdda2d Staff Member

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    Thanks, Mike!

    Progress!!

    I weathered the ballasted portion tonight--drybrushed Polly Scale weathered concrete for the sand (upgrade), and a 6:1 mix of PS Rust and Grimy Black for the brake dust (downgrade). A bunch of random splotches of grimy black were drybrushed in between the rails as well.

    Here's the look I am seeking (Chuck Conway photo): http://www.drgw.net/gallery/CCEastoftheMoffat/5338_Crescent

    This is a really low angle, and I think I need to tone down some of the weathering:

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    And the helicopter view (the lighter ballast nearest left is "Chuck's Ballast" from Australia, the darkest stuff is AZ Rock & Mineral--I tried to blend it...):

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  3. HemiAdda2d

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    More progress!

    With some Christmas downtime, I have been getting some modeling time in.

    Starting with ballast on the west half of Crescent:

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    Gross Dam Rd closer to completion:

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    I extended the MOW access road, and added some ground cover to West Crescent:

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  4. HemiAdda2d

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    Looking thru the cut east of Tunnel 19 toward the tunnel:

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    From Tunnel 19's hill, looking back at the ROW:

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    I planted close to 100 bumpy chenille trees here on Tunnel 19, still needs about that many more. A patch of wildflowers is at the upper right:

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  5. HemiAdda2d

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    Still needs some weathering, but here's the scene flavor I'm after:

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  6. k3ndawg

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    A few more weeds and clumps of grass in the ballast, and you'll just about have it! Nice work Hemi!!!
     
  7. Jim Wiggin

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    Interesting thread Hemi, I've enjoyed reading it and look forward to seeing more of the layouts progress!
     
  8. BoxcabE50

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    I'm curious about the ballast. It seems to be a lot darker than those prototype photos shown?
     
  9. HemiAdda2d

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    Indeed it is, Ken, you are correct. Had I been modeling modern day, I would have to use a different type. But I am modeling up to 1987, so the cinders from the CF&I mill in Pueblo are whay they ballasted the mains with. Here's a period shot of Crescent:

    http://www.drgw.net/gallery/CCEastoftheMoffat/5338_Crescent_3
     
  10. k3ndawg

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    You can still find the slag ballast along all the DRG right-of-way, it's just covered with the "new and improved" ballast (which actually sucks). :) Most of the yards in Grand Junction are still slag.

    Just so-ya-know :)
     
  11. HemiAdda2d

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    Did someone mention slag ballast?

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  12. Jerry Tarvid

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    Exceptionally well done Hemi![​IMG][​IMG] Noth'in sweeter than a coal drag com'in round the mountain.

    Jerry
     
  13. css29

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    Love the ballast job you did! What did you use?
     
  14. HemiAdda2d

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    Thanks Jerry & Craig, I used Arizona Rock & Mineral SP black cinder. Since the company's owner seeks to retire, I bought a schwack of them, for a future layout as well, just in case. I used their marble dust (snow) for the snowy section of the layout.
     
  15. Jim Wiggin

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    Nice work Hemi! That really sets the scene.
     
  16. HemiAdda2d

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    Thanks guys! I need to weather the rolling stock, but I love the way these scenes are shaping up.

    That same coal load exiting infamous Tunnel 26; a nocturnal rockslide blocked the tracks in the wee hours of 30 Sep 1991, and the crew of a freight could not stop in time before derailing with loss of both crewman's lives. SP at the time erected a nice plaque at the west portal where the slide happened as a memorial to the 2 lost men. http://www.trainboard.com/railimages/data/630/T26_plaque.jpg

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    The coal load sweeps around a tight curve in South Boulder Canyon, filling the icy air with the deafening shriek of flange squeal:

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    Just a few hundred yards downgrade lies Tunnel 25:

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  17. HemiAdda2d

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    The coal loads exit Tunnel 19, and enter Crescent Siding:

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    After they swing around the 150° curve, they plunge into Tunnel 18:

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  18. RGW

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    Re: N scale D&RGW Secret Places Sub layout progress

    Just awesome.

    Pleasure to follow again. M
     
  19. Carl Sowell

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    Very nice work Hemi. The slag balast sets it off perfectly. In a couple of the shots, I could hear the dynamics and wheel flanges really talking. Nice job.

    Carl
     
  20. ken G Price

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    Hemi, very nice indeed!
     

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