Picture Wednesday

February 3rd,2016. I missed last week due to cleaning up snow and some missed time at work. This past week, I have been working on scenery ideas around the Bridge over Beetree Run. The giant rock is a must, anchoring the point where an unnamed little creek runs into Beetree Run. The idea is from the huge rock along the Little Falls of the Gunpowder River just north of Hereford, Maryland. I like the bushes, but I do not like the “sandy grey piece”. I used chinchilla dust, unpainted. A mistake that I’ll rectify.image

Chinchilla powder makes a nice textured surface but it’s grayish color needs help from paint. Here is my experiment with using it to simulate a dirt road.

imageI am still experimenting with the chinchilla powder. I first read about using it in Gordon Gravett’s modeling grasslands book.

A photo of the bridge area. The gray areas are there to remind me that that will be part of the two streams on this module.


An idea of what someone in the stream would see. Better in person than what the photo shows!image

Is it a real train or is a model train? The beginning of an imagineering project

Ever seen a photograph that makes you wonder is it real or a model. Recently saw the photograph below by Stephen Hussar on the Wiscasset, Waterville, and Farmington Railroad Museum website. Looks like a  trainload of empty flat cars moving through the Maine woods over a stream on the way back to a slate quarry. A shortened Bachmann Forney with a nice figure in the cab. Great job with the water moving in the stream, and with the addition of the steam blowing off..or is it real?

Is it a model or real? Photo by Stephen Hussar

After studying the photograph for about 30 seconds, thought ” boy that would make a great scene on a future imagineering project.Part of the right of way on the way to the slate quarry, or to a saw mill sometime back in the 19-teens.

Really like the angle, never been a railfan modeler as much as a modeler in search of an interesting switching scene. However, as a fly-fisherman kneeling in the stream, this is an ideal angle. Wonder what someone would think about O or S scale if they looked up at a Forney slowly going over a bridge at a local train show from this angle? Notice how far you can see in this view? Trees make a great view block, no need to model acres of Maine woods, just a hint of the edge of the woods along the ROW. Could be a narrow section of a module, maybe 8 inches in S scale or 12 inches in O scale. Could be an imagineering project! Thank you Stephen Hussar for the wonderful real live steam engine in present day Maine along the rails of the WW&F RR Museum.