An overdue update

It’s been a way to long time since my last update on the Cleveland & Eastern RR. But I am still working on it but with a much slower pace than in the past. And because I put more time into developing cool stuff for you, things went real slow – really.

But here are a couple of photos from the coal mine run section I am currently working on. It is not finished yet but I will hopefully get it done by the end of 2020.

As the coal mine run with its two coal loaders is raised about 10 cm above the mainline level I need to form a tunnel where the mainline can below the western loader. As a tunnel liner I use 5 cm thick XPS insulations board which I cut in shape to match the clearance profile. Several sections of liners are glued together and covered with plaster cloth on the inside. The cloth itself is filled with plaster and colored in a dark grey. The tunnel entrances are simple concrete portals I CNC-milled out of 5 mm foam board. To get the concrete look I used thinned putty and applied it in thin layers. After the putty dried I carved some section lines in it. Some washes of dark brown / black and some fading added to get the aged concrete look.

Same procedure applies to the stud wall separating the loader tracks from the hillside. In this case I glued the foam board into place and applied the putty and washes “in place”.

New product announcement

Hi folks, I am very pleased to announce my newest product release to get even more realistic scenery to your model railroad.

I have released a set of blue warning labels “blue flags”, commonly used to protect tracks where railcars are stored for loading or unloading. Red colored signs will be available in short, just in case you need them.

The signs come in five different types for the blue version an two types for the red version. They can easily snaped on your track where you need them. The signs currently tested to work with ATLAS Code 55 track but are likely to work with other N scale rails as well as the clamp is sort of flexible.

You can choose your sign text among these five :

STOP car unloading
STOP car loading
STOP car connected
STOP men at work
STOP

The detailpage of the signs can be found here.
Feel free to browse through my shop and place your order at  

Custom ATLAS MP15DC

Currently on my workbench is a custom project. I will convert a stock ATLAS EMD MP15DC into an MP15 for Union Railroad (URR) #13. MY client had the special request to add the URR typical walkways and raised sand hatches to the model.

I drew a template for the walkways and had it photo etched from nicklesilver by a local specialist. I turned out very good. The sand hatches were 3D desingned and resin printed by myself.

Here is the curent working state, showing the stripped shell with attached walkways and hatches.

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