29 North Drive Industrial Complex   Leave a comment

As I developed the South Drive Complex and worked on the details and ballasting of the main line, I realised that I needed to produce the track for the North Drive complex. The placement of this trackwork was needed so that I could work out where the roads, bridges and flood channels would be placed. I had my original plan, but some adjustments to radii had been made to make the main line “flow” and this had an impact on the space available for both the North and South Drive industrial areas. I was also aware that my main line satisfied my desire to run and watch main line trains, but I also needed to develop rail served industries that required the dropping off and collecting of appropriate cars.

The North and South Drive complexes will provide spots for 15 cars and two spots will require a run round or a top and tail manoeuvre – this should satisfy my desire for a bit of shunting!

First step was to lay the track, wire it and then spray it a suitable weathered colour.



This is the transition area from the finished section of the layout to the industrial complex.

Before I can continue adding the ground cover, I need to add roads and concrete hard standing so that my soft scenery blends with the harder architectural elements. I have created a bridge from foam blocks and I have used plastic card sheets to create the roads and concrete areas. Where the road crosses the track at grade I have used the Peco templates stuck down to the plastic card as my cutting guide to ensure a good fit with narrow flange ways. Plain track has a pencil run over the rail surface and then the card is placed over the top. Gentle rubbing from a finger transfers enough graphite to enable an accurate cut to be made.

All the plastic card has been cut, the next task is to glue it all down before painting and weathering!

The “Diall” filler powder boxes indicate the position of a factory. The factory will be both rail and road served. The concrete hard standing will be used by road vehicles to reverse up to a loading bay.

I am pleased how the bridge and factory will act as a view block to hide the turn back curve.

My next task was to create the flood channel fascia – this needed to be in place to determine the ground contours and extent of ground cover leading into the scene. First stage is to work the foam to create the drainage channel feeding the flood channel.


Foam is very easy to work with . . . . . . but messy!

The flood channel was created with plasticard.

The “cat flap” outfall channel covers are mouldings from Showcase Miniatures.

The flood channel had imperfections filled and sanded smooth before a spray of concrete coloured paint. The channel was glued with no nails and held in place with bamboo skewers through the location holes for the “cat flap” covers. Polyfilla was used to bring the ground contours level with the edge of the channel.  

While viewing the Showcase Miniatures web pages, I found a number of components to make a variety of power pole assemblies. The “cat flap” castings and power pole components were delivered within a week. I viewed a number of Youtube videos with “Los Angeles Junction” as the search terms and then used street view in Google Earth to source images of typical power pole assemblies that would match the Showcase Miniature components.

The castings of the pole mount transformer bank, drop down fuses and medium transformers were added to bamboo skewers to make six power pole assemblies typical of an industrial area in South West Los Angeles.



I must make sure this pole is vertical . . . . . . or make sure the camera is level!


The fascia has been completed,

  • light weathering of the concrete using powdered pastels,
  • a trickle of water represented by watercolour paint and varnish,
  • grass tufts
  • small touches of ground foam, birds – by Preiser




Ground cover is sand with a small amount of “talus” created by the use of various sieves and Whitley Bay beach sand.


The embankment walls are made from plasticard. The road surface is a download from CG Textures. I will use another download to create the image of interlocking blocks for the side wall.


Some work on the bridge.


The bridge is in sections so it can be removed for track cleaning. The road signs are created from a free on line programme http://www.kurumi.com/roads/signmaker/signmaker.html.





The track nearest the bridge retaining wall was ballasted and the area between the wall was detailed. I viewed a number of Youtube videos using “Los Angeles Junction Railroad” as the search criteria. These videos, particularly in HD, gave me a feel for the area and helped determine the texture, colour and detail for the ground cover.


A large factory has been constructed using plasticard. The factory is a large structure to hide the return loop on the main line. It is both road and rail served, there is a discharge pad for liquid raw materials and covered doors for deliveries/dispatch by box cars, containers and trucks. The basic structure is plasticard with Suedecoat textured paint used to replicate the stucco finish.


The part-finished discharge area.




The finished discharge area. The fence uses Walthers posts and messing topped with etched nickel silver barbed wire from Scale Link. Suitable pieces of Sainsbury’s plastic bags have been blown blown by the wind have lodged in the fence.





Posted May 24, 2015 by trevorsmith3489

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