Here is a little overview on my current layout which is a growing project (but never planned to grow). The mining section will come on the next part of the layout here is just the logging section.
It is H0, DCC track is Peco code 100. Rolling stock is Bachmann, Rivarossi, Bowser and Walthers proto.
It isn't an ultra detailed layout because of maintenance reasons.
Here phase 1:
Phase 2, adding 2':
Phase 3 adding the engine stall (1' more) and some minor track changes as well as the green sheds disappeared and some background buildings were added
Here with backdrop
Phase 4 : Making the logging section bigger.
The next addition will be the other wall of the garage.
Here the most important thing: The geared locomotives. These are the current ones. All except the 3-truck Heisler are kitbashed or scratchbuilt.
Here my 2 cabooses or is it cabeese and my rusty tank cars with the hopper that feeds the locomotives.
What about some clear shots of the geared locomotives?
#4 Rivarossi 3-truck Heisler (nothing special about this one)
#1975 is a Superheater
#1 a 4-truck Heisler. It never existed but there was surely someone thinking of one back in the day. This one is no more on the layout (for now) because I needed parts for something very, very special.
#13 4-truck shay. This one is the most often modified locomotive i have and my favorite one. It is based on the Hassinger and the El Paso shay.
#114 2-truck 6-axle shay. Heavily modified Bachmann shay. It is based on a Willamette drawing.
#14 The Davenport Geared Duplex, my latest creation. Maybe someone noticed this one in an earlier picture and thought it is a Garrett.
I can also post a few links to videos of the locomotives if you wish.
Alain, Very cool! Having worked out near Konnarock, Virginia I was very happy to see a Hassinger locomotive! It is a very seldom modeled operation. East coast loggers don't get much play in the press. I don't think the 4 trucker ever worked down this way, but it is fabulous none-the-less. Nicely executed modeling.
____________________ Steven B.
Humboldt & Toiyabe Rwy
Yes, the Hassinger shay never looked like that, to get nearer to the prototype I would have to change the cab first.
I based my model just on it, like the 2nd truck sits more under the frame of the locomotive and the tender does not have this overhang over the 3rd truck it has more or less the look of the El paso shay. I mixed things I like from both. Resulting in what I build.
My methods for scenery are very simple. Ground cover is jointing mortar mixed with different colors, mostly brown, anthracite and dark grey. Then some Woodland Scenics green over it with some tea for dead leaves. Crushed dry cigars also do the tricks. You can also use dried leaves in automn. Moss is found in the garden, stumps as well as car loads of trunks are fir tree branches. I also use the jointing mortar as ballast.
You simply put it where you want it, thick enough to get coverage then with a spray-bottle at about 1' distance you spray on the mortar, this gives the structure but it must not be soaken wet or it will look awful. This works also like that for ballast just clear the rails before spraying. After it has dried you just have to go all over the place with you water/glue mix. Also here not too much in one pass or it will look wet or like ice when dry.