Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Rounford Halt N gauge Scenic Micro Layout with Continuous Run Part 7 Loading Platform

Aerial view of Rounford Halt N gauge loading platform
 
The small triangular area next to the siding at the rear of Rounford Halt, my latest N gauge micro layout, was the next part of the landscape to be developed.  This included construction of a short length of platform.
 
 
N gauge loading platform and surrounding model scenery
 
Small structures such as this can be used as a loading platform or could have detail added to make a locomotive servicing area or cattle dock.
 
 
N gauge loading platform made using Peco NB-27 concrete platform edging
 
Peco NB-27 N gauge concrete platform edging was used to build the loading platform for Rounford Halt.

Two coats of grey acrylic paint were applied to the platform edging followed by a thin wash of yellow.  Many thin washes of brown, green and black acrylic paint were then applied to create the weathered appearance of concrete covered in dirt from smoke and diesel fumes.  I used the same painting process used to weather the concrete pillbox detailed in my blog post dated 13 March 2014.

The upper surface of the platform was textured with fine sand and painted with a couple of coats of medium grey acrylic paint.  Brown paint was then dry brushed onto the textured upper surface to replicate the muddy marks which are often left by road vehicles.
 
 
Dirt track access road to the rear of the miniature loading platform
 
Vehicle access to the loading platform was provided via a dirt track modelled at the rear of the feature.
 
 
Class 03 shunter D2011 and coach passing Rounford Halt loading platform
 
 
A class 04 shunter and passenger train passing a class 03 shunter at the loading platform
 
The short siding at the rear of the layout could be used to create interesting scenes with trains running past on the branch line.
 
 
Class 03 and 04 shunters alongside Rounford Halt loading platform
 
 
Shunting locomotives alongside Rounford Halt loading platform
 
Locomotives could be stored in the siding when not in use.  Two shunting locomotives could be stored in the siding or one large locomotive such as a class 47.
 
 
Class 03 shunter D2011 at Rounford Halt loading platform
 
 
Class 08 shunter 08 748 at Rounford Halt loading platform
 
Alternatively the siding could hold three small wagons or a shunting locomotive and one small wagon.  If single coach passenger services are operated, the coach could be left in the siding when not in use so that it does not have to be lifted off the layout.

Space to keep a couple of extra items of rolling stock is very handy when operating such a tiny model railway.

I intended to add Peco NB-45 flexible fencing alongside the access road during the last stages of construction to enhance this part of the model railway landscape.

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 www.brianford.co.uk.

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