Friday, September 20, 2013

A building

Its about time Eskalon had some buildings, and here is the first. Dr Lang's surgery, a Piko kit.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Some more landscaping

A few more photos of the ongoing landscaping, including a few trainspotters...

Let the landscaping begin!

Finally can the landscaping begin in earnest, i've got grass mats, trees and bushes to begin adding some green to Eskalon. I'm intending to build things up in layers so it may start off looking rather flat and unnatural but hopefully by the end it will look lovely. Actually i think it looks pretty nice already to be honest but i am a bit biased.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Not back from the dead

Its been a long time since the last update, thats basically because nothing has happened. A combination of getting on with my postgraduate degree, hot weather and laziness (probably the main one) has kept me from doing anything to Eskalon. Plus i was not really that happy with my ballast. So i hoovered up the excess (or Henry-ed up in my case) and thought again.

When i was building layouts as a boy something i never got around to using were scenic mats, but i thought i would rectify that and have put a ballast mat over my earlier attempt at gravel. I've also nailed the track down now and its running pretty well. One of the points de-couples trains and one part of the back loop can de-rail a propelled carriage at speed but i am working on these snags.

The final track layout has changed slightly, the entry to the future station area now uses a slightly tighter radius (but is cleaner) and the extra siding also uses a curve. A diagram of the layout is below though.

So Eskalon is finally seeing some progress!