The castle in Ruritania/Graustark is home to members of the royal family, but it’s also open for tours. Here you see the ticket stand where a member of the castle staff is directing tourists.
Once the groundcover has grown up around the bases, it will look better, but it’s pretty good as it is.
This switch tower was having some issues. I’d used acetate for the windows, which was yellowing and deteriorating. Cracks in the windows were letting in dirt, the LEDs were fading, and the base was a little warped.
Continue reading Structure refurb
Haven’t posted in a while… work, kids, other hobbies, etc, have me pretty busy. Bought an M998 (HMMWV) that’s eaten up a lot of time, but yesterday I was running trains and thought “This looks pretty good, I should take a picture”
Nothing much exciting is going on with the railroad at the moment. I’m working to fix some of the buildings that have deteriorated due to the weather, and weeding. I did add some dirt to bring up the level of the “land” so I could get more ballast on the track. But it’s mostly just been running trains and admiring the view.
On a forum I frequent, someone suggested creating a “whistle stop” type station to put near the castle, so tourists have a way to get there. Here’s what I came up with. Continue reading Station for Castle
Castle progress, now painted in its “final” color
Continue reading Castle Color
Here’s something that was suggested on one of the online forums I follow, a kite flying kid to go with the picnickers.
Added figures and logs to the crane by the sawmill
I’m working on indoor projects at the moment, as the weather hasn’t cooperated for outdoor/train running time. A couple buildings are being fixed up (and a new one built) and I’ve managed to make some more progress on my crossing gates. I’m also working on a Z scale on G scale flatcar, that will be pulled by my LGB loco while a Marklin Z scale loco goes around it. More when it gets warmer.
Here’s the locomotive servicing section
You can see the HSB passenger cars in front of the station Continue reading Night Time in Ruritania
I’ll have to get some better pictures. But since my wife’s new camera takes much better low-light pictures, I thought I’d post this test shot.
Came home from Christmas with the family in Nebraska to find that my Koi had died. I suspect ammonia poisoning–though they’d been in that tank for almost a month, it was pretty small for three medium sized Koi. Now I have to decide if I’ll put more in the pond in the spring, or just leave it fish-free.
Someone asked about this, so I updated it to match what I actually have.
Was on the roof today and took this
Things have slowed almost to a stop on the layout. Mostly because I’m almost done, but also because I’m so busy. There’s just not enough time to do much more than keep the weeds down.
I have purchased another building for the motorcycle factory: the side building.
My original plan was to put full-sized buildings on the mountain(s) for a Rigi Duo system. Unfortunately, that didn’t look right, as the mountains are really too rugged to be that “size.”
My next idea was to put smaller houses on the mountain to create a “forced perspective.” Here’s a go at that
Continue reading Forced Perspective
Here’s my plan for the Rigi Duo setup on my layout
Continue reading Rigi Duo Setup