I had hoped to use the Easy Street system from Proto 87 but I tried and found it just was not working for me. I think I am not a good enough modeler. I was getting derailments mainly due to the rails being out of gauge and the joints between the pieces of girder rail. I decided to take it out and put in regular track and "pave over" the ties to make it still seem like street running.
|Girder rail in place at west Lompoc. |
Note the brass strip is conductive track power connection
|Girder rail and street turnout at west end of Laurel Street.|
|Girder rail removed and slot for the tie strip prepared|
|Slot for tie strip and turnout|
|Tie strip in place|
|Tie strip and turnout strip laid in slot|
|Gluing tie strip and styrene street - weighted by full size spikes|
Lompoc and White Hills are the two sections on the upper deck that are made using Homosote and plywood. I decided to paint the Homosote. I taped all the tracks and quickly added a "dirt" paint. At White Hills, I added white latex paint to the "dirt" paint to lighten it up and make it look more like diatomaceous earth.
|Tape on tracks along Laurel Street, Lompoc|
|Tape on tracks approaching White Hills|
|Tape on tracks at east White Hills|
|Lompoc Yard after paint|
|Lompoc approach after paint. |
The colored squares to the right of the tracks are flowers in the making. More in a later post.
|West White Hills after paint. |
Note that this area is covered by white diatomaceous earth thus the color.
|East White Hills after paint|
While I was painting, I decided I would paint the hardboard behind the future location of the Santa Barbara depot.
|Hardboard behind Santa Barbara depot location with primer.|