Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Rounford Halt N Gauge Scenic Micro Layout with Continuous Run Part 4 Track Laid, Weathered and Ballasted

Rounford Halt N gauge micro layout with weathered and ballasted track
After much deliberation over which type of scenic features would be created and where I would locate each of them I fixed the Peco Setrack components to the railway layout baseboard.  Wire droppers were soldered to the outside of the rails where necessary so that I could wire the layout for DCC control if desired.  I painted the rails to create a weathered appearance.  When the paint had dried I carefully brushed ballast chippings in place and secured them with diluted PVA.  Tufts of crushed foam were added to represent weeds and to cover the blobs of solder where wire droppers for DCC control had been added.
Aerial view of Rounford Halt passing loop and goods yard
Whilst working on the track I also created the goods yard area along the front of the model railway layout.  Over the years I have found a few techniques which can be employed to make a minimum space layout appear larger than it really is.  Whilst designing Rounford Halt, I created a goods yard which covers the entire front edge of the layout baseboard.  Though the goods yard is very narrow in places, using all of the front edge in this way created the illusion of a much larger space, the deeper corner areas enhancing this effect.
Corner area where a goods shed or provender store could be placed
The front corner on the right could accommodate a small goods shed or provender store which would add a bit of height and interest, though I began to wonder if adding a building could ruin the spacious, open effect of the flat tarmac running along the front of the micro layout.
Imitation puddles created in front of the goods yard sidings
N gauge class 35 Hymek D7001 reflected in the yard puddles
Whilst creating the goods yard I inserted pieces of glass into holes cut in the baseboard to create highly reflective puddles.  I wanted the imitation puddles to capture the reflection of locomotives and rolling stock as trains move around.  When building Finchley, another N gauge micro layout, I used glass to create realistic puddles detailed in my blog post dated 26 March 2012.
Rounford Halt curved goods yard sidings
Curved sidings were created rather than straight ones to complement the curved branch line and passing loop.  Straight sidings at the front could have created not only a discordant but a contrived appearance to this model railway.
Peco ST-5 and ST-6 first radius points forming part of the branch line
The ability to fit first radius Peco Setrack ST-5 and ST-6 points into a circuit of first radius Setack curves is a tremendous benefit when designing continuous run micro layouts.
Short siding at the rear of Rounford Halt
Triangular space which could accommodate a short loading platform
The small triangle of space next to the rear corner siding appeared large enough to accommodate a short loading platform.
Painted and weathered Peco ST-8 N gauge sleeper built buffer stop
A Peco ST-8 sleeper built buffer stop was added at the end of each siding.  Details on how I painted and weathered the buffer stops can be found on my blog post dated 13 March 2012.

Rounford Halt is one of my N gauge scenic model railway layouts. To see more model railway layout baseboards I have designed and built visit my website

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