California Dreaming - SP/WP in the Bay Area - Niles Junction Aug 29, 2016 12:55:19 GMT -5 domi, markm, and 4 more like this
Post by smr on Aug 29, 2016 12:55:19 GMT -5
This layout is designed for use in multiple exhibitions and to present mainly SP/WP rolling stock on a kind of "theatre stage" to the observer.
It consists of three modules of which one is in a stage that we dared to exhibit it to the public in Bauma, Switzerland, and in Altenbeken, Germany. (please note, that I did not say we are finished with module 1 ;-) )
I try to model the roaring '50ties with SP/WP in California, East Bay, the region around Niles.
Here is a drawing map of the region which is presented on this very informative web page; wx4.org/to/foam/sp/niles/tower.html
The first module incorporates impressions (!! , no prototypical copy!) of Niles Depot, while the other two will do the same with Niles Tower and the WP Yard.
Here is a drawing by Dirk Kuhlmann of module 1, the Niles Depot with the "modified & upgraded" SP yard.
This thread will report on these three modules. Karl Sinn, www.spur-z-atelier.de , was so kind to build the first module for me and to document the construction with a lot of pictures for all of us.
Let's get started:
In order to allow for the "theatre stage" all curves have to be hidden in the "Off" and to allow complete trains to "vanish" a shadow yard was built behind the background of the stage. Since the "stage" on its own could serve as a stand-alone diorama, the stage piece can be disconnected from the rest of the construction. This was quite easy to construct on the left side, but created a night mare situation on the right side with its multiple tracks all confluenting over the edge (as illustrated above).
The third connection to the WP side is over the bridge, which we allowed to end right in front of the face of the observer ;-).
Alameda Creek is quite dry and cut in half.
Zig layers of sand and color form the foundation;
First vegetation on dry sand.......
Now add the grass. The yellow, very dry grass was very important for me. This yellow, very dry grass together with the really green trees is what I remember about California when a few miles away from the Bay......, and since it is my dream..... :-)
- to be continued -