Time to knuckle down to it…

The Festival of British Railway Modelling is but a few weeks’ away…time to stop playing with the trains and knuckle down to it. Before I do, here’s a bright container to clash with that Dapol Class 66…a new release from Bachmann under the Graham Farish label…

Observers will note the lack of ballast around the junction at Dudley Heath. I have painted (most of) the rail sides…some will need touching up later.

Some final platform clearance tests (excuse to play with more trains). Seriously though, preparing stock is as much an important part of the run up to an exhibition as anything else. Note that mast bases and cable troughs are in place and painted.

Most of the platform structure is also in place ready for fencing, structures detailing and weathering…

I cannot delay any longer. It is a good idea to fit as many track structures as you can before ballasting: equipment bases, troughs, OHLE mast bases and so on. Mix a variety of concrete coloured paints to create different shades of colour to represent new and old covers for the cable troughs to introduce some variety. All of the ballast (Woodland Scenics fine grey) is glued in place with Scenic Cement and left to dry for a good few days. It can then be weathered with a wash of thinned paint or dry brushing the surface of the ballast, my preferred method.

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