Lennart's Model Railroad Blog

Lennart's Model Railroad Blog

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This blog is about my current model railroad layout project; The N scale "Summit" layout, which is a freelanced interpretation of the Southern Pacific Tehachapi tunnels and their surroundings. Or at least, that is what it is meant to be. What it will turn out to be is another matter. The banner photo above shows what I want to recreate in N scale.

Tie staining and weathering

Track layingPosted by lennart Sat, June 12, 2010 19:10:07

Earlier today I ran out of stained ties for the siding. So I set out to stain some more ties. I did this by simply letting them swim in a bowl with black water color. After a few minutes in the bowl I moved the ties to an old news paper to dry, as shown in the picture below.

This batch of ties turned out somewhat darker than the previous one. To compensate for that I swabbed on some more black water color on the ties already in place. While at it, I also put on some orange/brown water color to simulate rust (beneath the rails to be).

As you can see the flex track main line needs som weathering as well. Compared to the wood ties on the siding it really looks plastic right now. I'll probably paint the main line ties and rails with "grimy black". From Tehachapi photos on the web it looks as if that would be about the correct color (http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/archiveThumbs.aspx?id=12865).

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