Steam servicing yard scenery continues

I spent a couple of afternoons scenicing my steam yard.

Inspiration comes from a lot of books and photos of the New Haven yards:

Inspiration

I took my airbrush and compressor up the loft.  I’m glad it is lightweight!

Airbrush in the loft

My first coat was a blend of various greys, beiges, warmer browns and general gunk colour.

First layer

First layer

First layer

First layer

The boiler house looks bright!  I did remember to spray it with a dark weathering coat later:

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I then put down some base grass.  It’s not the final colour but is a good base colour to start with.  I added ramps to the boiler house, installed the steam lines, cranes and some wooden walkways too:

Next layer

I put in the wheel sets and junk that come with the SRMW roundhouse kits:

Next layer

The grass is Noch grass mats stretched out.

Next layer

I ran out of the grass but did a second colour for the rest of the yard.

Next layer

The cranes look good!

Next layer

I added some number so that the DCC on/off switches are easy to work out – just dial up the accessory and set  them off or on.

turntable numbers

Bit blurry but the next step was to spray the grass a greener colour.  I used Vallejo and a cheap acrylic well watered down and then a coat of almost black to tone everything down – this is a ash and coal dust covered yard!

Final layer

In focus! The boiler house is elsewhere whilst the paint dries…

Final layer

The steam lines look a bit wonky but their lamps do light up so you can see if the track power is on or off (or will do when I wire them in properly.  I toned the junk down as well as the grass.

Final layer

I also painted that white back hill a more tasteful shade of green.

Final layer

My ash is wood ash from a fire I had whilst on holiday in the Lake District.  I know it’s wood ash not coal but at least it’s real ash!  It looks a bit glue covered at the moment.  I suspect I will need a second coat.

Ash and glue

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