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Last year I pulled out my LGB set my parents bought me as a baby and set it up under the Christmas tree. I didn't know that I would enjoy it so much to be drawn into the world of RR modeling, but here I am.

I started thinking that adding some buildings to my Christmas tree loop would be fun, but then it quickly turned into an entire stage for the tree that represents the White Pass RR.

Here's the progress:

Design

The Christmas tree stand will be under the stage and the tree will rise up through a hole (pink circle). I used SCARM to plan the layout. The track fits well, even though the drawing does not reflect that in the piece that ties into the siding.


The Stage

I used a rail and stile design instead of solid wood to support the deck to reduce weight. The frame will be skinned in 1/8" hardboard.


Mountain Tunnel

I couldn't find foam thicker than 1 inch in Texas, so I stacked and stacked. My little Stainz has been converted to DCC.


Covered in paper to shape.


Hardshell complete. Rocks will cover the portal sides and the bridge side. Trees and greenery will cover the top and backside.




Tunnel Portal and Trees

First attempt at a model structure and trees. Both can be improved. I think the portal looks a little puny for its purpose, so I will probably rebuild a beefier and longer version.

I used Luke Towan's tree making methods...but the results are not to his level.







Track Weathering and Ballast

I used Joey Ricard's weathering method. I sifted gravel I found at a construction site to create the ballast.

Step 1: Spray flat black.


Step 2: Highlight ties in white.


Step 3: Cover the rails in rust-colored chalk.


Step 4: Coat in black chalk dust.






Painting the Mountain

I gave the entire layout a base coat of dark brown paint. Everything that is brown will have trees, plants or dirt covering it.







More to come.
 

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Looking good Chas. Keep the photos coming :)

I see you referenced the Luke Towan video. He makes excellent tutorial videos. For anyone who hasn't watched his videos, I highly recommend them.
 

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Chas, you say the Stainz is DCC; are you running track power on this railroad? From your photos, I'm not seeing clean rail joiners or railheads.

I love the look of the track.

Later,

K
Kevin,

I haven't got to cleaning the track yet, but before I weathered it, I did a test run. I will be running track power to it. This is a similar setup I'll be using: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=q_iGXX16W2s

Thanks!
 

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Chas-

Forgot to ask, what did you use for the ballast?
The ballast is real road base. There are several small piles of gravel left over from construction near where I park at the commuter train station each day. I keep a bucket in my car and grab a scoop and sift at home. I get grey dirt from these same piles too.
 

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Static Grass Test

I got some 12mm static grass from Scenic Express and did a test on a piece of cardboard. Chuck Bronson looks like he's standing in a meadow. This length will be great for the ground level. I plan to use the shorter 2mm grass on the mountain top along with smaller trees to create the illusion of distance.

 

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Great work chas. Nice detail, thought, track work.
Many of us were rr modelers well prior to 13!
I think you need a WPY combine or coach....or, a caboose.
Best to you
 

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White Pass RR Update

Here is the Fraser Depot model and a coupe of detail shots. Complete layout video coming in a few weeks! Almost done!







 
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