Saturday, September 7, 2019

TRAIN TIME: A Yank Does Hornby Pt 13 - Let the Scenery Begin

Gosh, I totally forgot about posting updates to the Hornby layout! Good grief! Well, to make up for lost time I'll kinda roll several posts into one. Enjoy! Opa Fritz and Oma Bettina

July 2018

With the basic board built and on legs I started planning the layout. This was my first go-round but it didn't allow for a long enough main line.

Here's what I decided on - a simple loop with one siding off to the left nearly forming a circle. I could have done a circle but then I couldn't use the Mettoy bridge where I wanted it. For a small layout this is just fine.

That brown paint is from a can I've been using for nearly the past ten years! A little here on this layout, a little there on that layout and there's still enough for as couple of small layouts like these

After seeing this paint at Lowe's I thought it would work as faux ballast or roadbed under the track. It's thicker than normal paint, has some granular texture and little black flecks. The photos don't do it justice but it looks great!

Started painting in roads (the tan vertical stripe to the right of center) and making hills - the paper template is to the far left of the layout

August 2018
After a brief pause Ipainted in ground area using a dark gray - nearly black - paint. The large Styrofoam chunk to the left will be wittled down so that a road can pass through

September 2018
More roads, two hills to the left and the structures temporarily in-place. I had been buying some vehicles but the pics only show a Corgi Scammell Mechanical Horse for now. For hedges I used Loofa sponges already dyed green and cut down to represent hedgerows. I wanted to try this because a lot of the early Hornby scenery plots utilize Loofa as trees and hedges and I was hoping to achieve a vintage look.

One of the reasons I bought the Hornby France Crossing Gate was it's two-piece construction. I know it utilizes a different gate structure than that in the UK but there was no more room on the layout for a Hornby UK Crossing Gate as utilized on the upper end of the road

I tried to lighten up the dark gray with some light gray highlighting but I think it needs more. The dark gray is too overpowering me thinks!



  1. Nicely done.

    After WW2 when the British Goverment nationalised the railways creating British Railways it also nationalised the road haulage industries creating British Road Services, red vehicles, long distance, BRS Parcels Services, local deliveries, green vehicles and Pickfords, heavy haulage, black vehicles.

    BRS were the road haulage rivals of British Railways so you have a contest going on!

    Local deliveries by British Railways were by vans or trucks painted cream over maroon.

    Your coach is BR, not sure why RR has been added to the BR token on the tender.

  2. Sorry for the L-A-T-E reply - between having no time and being sick a lot of things have gone by the wayside around here.

    Many Thanx for that inf, it really is quite informative and should help when buying and displaying rolling stock and vehicles. But then, these are toys and my memory being what it isn't don't be surprised if a few faux pas work their way into the photos or videos.

    As for the 'RR" I can only surmise someone had their own fanciful railroad at one time and lettered the loco for that. I have a lot of 'customized' toys done by their their youthful owners and perhaps adults. I think it gives the toy a unique look - and the price was right! Have to think of price because shipping from the UK is quite pricey.