Hmm ... 15 months since I last posted
I have been rather side-tracked with figures and wagons and odd bits and pieces, but I finally dragged Watts' out of the back of the garage, evicted the spiders and brushed off the mouse droppings. It's time I got on with the ground cover, like I've been threatening to do for ages.
Basic materials are cat litter, sieved into coarse, medium and fine, plus a mix of my favourite 'road grit' - picked up from the sides of the main road outside my house and also sieved into big bits and fine dust, and some chinchilla dust ('Thames Valley Police baffled by disappearance of chinchillas in Oxford area.' Igor particularly enjoys throwing them into the blender ...) plus bits picked out of the gravel driveway. All stuck down with Woodlands Scenic Cement and Glue.
The results of a couple of weeks work:
The mine entrance and loop.
The right end of the loop with the track disappearing off scene.
The mine entrance showing the weathered concrete supporting walls. The bare patch is where the Suffolk & Watt Multigen will go in due course.
The line curving off behind the scenic break to the right side exit. Also visible are the extended sleepers for the point levers.
Looking down on the loop - the puddles need a bit more work ...
A close-up of the rocks and debris on the left side.
Rocks below the rubbish tip - I'm trying to get the look of freshly-hewn stone.
Close-up of the debris and talus on the right side.
The ballast is Woodlands Scenics buff with bits of cat litter and road grit thrown in. I still have to make sure there are no bits of ballast impeding smooth running.
The next job is to put down some vegetation - coarse moorland grass, weeds, and the odd fern or two. Hours of fun.