Hello, need some suggestions please!

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by trainsteve2435, Aug 31, 2007.

  1. trainsteve2435

    trainsteve2435 Member

    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2004
    Messages:
    488
    Likes Received:
    0
    :confused:Hello everyone, i need some suggestions as to how i can tie my layout together. What has happened is that i removed the curved backdrop from my layout. This has exposed my yard as well as freed up some more realestate for me to do something with. As you can see from the pictures, my bridge scene looks a little weird now that the backdrop isnt there any more, so i need some suggestions as how i can tie these scenes together. Also, im thinking about converting the bridge to double tracks instead of one single track. Any and all suggestions are appreciated. Thanks!:eek:

    Attached Files:

  2. Nomad

    Nomad Active Member

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2006
    Messages:
    1,631
    Likes Received:
    0
    Steve, for the bridge scene, how about a retaining wall where the pink foam is above the water,with drainage pipes and water coming out of the pipes.

    Loren
  3. trainsteve2435

    trainsteve2435 Member

    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2004
    Messages:
    488
    Likes Received:
    0
    Loren, thats a great idea.:thumb: Now, if i can find some information on makeing retaining walls, i'll be all set. Thanks!:wave:
  4. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2002
    Messages:
    5,342
    Likes Received:
    0
    Steve, if this helps I used corrugated cardboard to represent the corrugated steel walls I see along some parts of Lake Superior.
    [​IMG]
    How about building a second bridge along the original one to suggest just what happened...there was a need to have another track cross the water, the current bridge couldn't be modified so another was constructed. It could be the same or a different style.

    Just some thoughts,
    Ralph
  5. trainsteve2435

    trainsteve2435 Member

    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2004
    Messages:
    488
    Likes Received:
    0
    Ralph, good idea also, and great picture, it looks great. Thanks for the idea!:thumb:
  6. Nomad

    Nomad Active Member

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2006
    Messages:
    1,631
    Likes Received:
    0
  7. trainsteve2435

    trainsteve2435 Member

    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2004
    Messages:
    488
    Likes Received:
    0
    Loren, thanks for the link, very cool site and i see they make re taining walls too, cool. Thanks!:thumb:
  8. bigsteel

    bigsteel Call me Mr.Tinkertrain

    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2006
    Messages:
    1,380
    Likes Received:
    0
    with a little modification and some elbo grease,you could make your river go under your yard either by arch bridge,multiple drain pipes or a wide but short girder bridge.--josh
  9. bigsteel

    bigsteel Call me Mr.Tinkertrain

    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2006
    Messages:
    1,380
    Likes Received:
    0
    i could also see a medium sized hill with rock outcroppings behind your mine and in front of your yard or hell,maybe just some ssmall structures and some nice rolling hills.maybe some engine servicing on the left of your bridge.and may i suggest more industries,I.E: icing,RIP,grain,...there are so many possibilities!--josh
  10. HO DOCTOR

    HO DOCTOR New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 10, 2007
    Messages:
    6
    Likes Received:
    0
    Steve;
    I don't think you want a river under your yard. I've never seen even a stream under a yard. The idea about a retaining wall sounds good to me.
    It's your railroad, so you have the controls. sign1
  11. CNWman

    CNWman CNW Fan

    Joined:
    Jan 4, 2007
    Messages:
    1,398
    Likes Received:
    0
    Hmm, I like the idea of a retaining wall there, especialy like Ralph's wall. I know of some device that lets you coragate ANYTHING like paper and cardboard, and it's the size of one of those winshield wipers at the gas station. As for the seccond bridge, Ralph's idea for a different bridge is also a good one in my book. If pulled off correct, it my could show the age of your layout if the new bridge looks more pristene than the current one.
  12. bigsteel

    bigsteel Call me Mr.Tinkertrain

    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2006
    Messages:
    1,380
    Likes Received:
    0
    i saw one on a rather rural yard on C&O lines.i beleive it was in the coal river sub and looked very cool.but in russel,ky yard theres an underground runaround from engine servicing to the other side.so crossings of a yard are viable,either by water or double track :mrgreen:--josh
  13. viperman

    viperman Active Member

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2006
    Messages:
    996
    Likes Received:
    0
    I too like the idea of a retaining wall