I started in 2000 with my first Z scale train set from Maeklin, a Santa Fe F 7 and some cars. Later I bought a SP F 7. So, I looked for a place in Texas, my favorite state, with a junction with the SP. I thought, Sierra Blanca might have been a good place. Later I found out, that T&P would be more appropriate instead of the Santa Fe. This was the starting point of a small layout with a smaller version of Sierra Blanca as a center piece and too steep and too narrow helixes on both ends. The layout was my compagnon in all my years with the military, when I was with my family only on weekends. After my retirement in 2015, I used the center piece of Sierra Blanca for my West-Texas Project. Since then I developped Ft Hancock and the other parts which you will see later.
Between Ft. Hancock and Sierra Blanca, there is only a relatively short distance as you can see on my first pic. If I create only the typical wide open spaces of West-Texas, it would not convince the eyes and the brain that there is a need for two stations. So I looked for a kind of credible separation of the two scenes: I built the I-10 Highway overpass:
Post by zscalehobo on Jan 24, 2018 21:51:21 GMT -5
Mark: Looks like Marklin tracks ... I found one of the photos (with the military chapel) had a turnout visible and that was the telltale (azlforum.com/attachment/download/3980). Otherwise, the trackwork and appearance is really well done - weathered, etc.
Last Edit: Jan 25, 2018 0:12:44 GMT -5 by zscalehobo
Frank Daniels z.scale.hobo, a Noch "Top Dealer" Irvine, California, USA www.zscalehobo.com
yeah, thanks for the clarification. Miller does call it a Chain link security fence ... my bad.
Sorry, I really wasn't trying to be difficult but I had tried to model true barbed wire in N with varying levels of success so I was genuinely interested in a traditional barbed wire fence done in Z. (and obviously West Texas would be the place to see them so I figured there was one somewhere)
You are right...the chainlink security fence looks very very nice. The ability texrail has to build an epic scene is.......EPIC!!!!
Frank is correct: I´m using Maerklin tracks, because I can get them in Germany quite easely on the scond hand market. Otherwise it would be too expensive. But with the new Atlas tracks I will have an excellent alternative, with the right tie spacing. Tracks are ordered and I´m looking foreward for the Atlas switches.
But with Maerklin switches you can also achieve a stisfying result:
Of course, you have to be veeeery carefully while fixing the ballast.
I´m using DCC from Digitrax. But in Sierra Blanca, I still use my classic Maerklin switch stands.