No large projects are scheduled for the summer as there are usually
other things using a lot of my time. However, that doesn't mean
that I am leaving the trains alone.
I added a curved turnout to the track between Santa Margarita and San
Luis Obispo in order to extend the siding in SLO to be long enough to
hold most trains so I can use it as a passing siding.
Finished the bridge that replaced the bridge that got broken on the
Built two new houses for Santa Margarita, got them and another house
from the old layout put in and added some scenery.
This spring I have been working on three photo worthy
projects; adding a backdrop picture behind Santa Margarita, taking an
old SOHO Coffee Shop car and adding an interior to it and painting it in
Daylight colors and putting down some static flocking grass to make the
hills look more realistic.
First the backdrop. I took some pictures around Santa Margarita
this spring, turned them into a panorama and then had them printed on a
large sheet of self adhesive vinyl. Here are a couple of shots
showing the back drop in place.
Second, the static grass.
And the Coffee Shop Car. I needed a Coffee Shop car in my
Starlight train. I had plastic models for the other cars in the
train but couldn't find a plastic model of the Coffee Shop car so I
bought an old (1980s) brass Coffee Shop car that was made by SOHO.
For some reason back in those days brass cars came unpainted and with no
interiors. So, add an interior and paint.
The basic car with it's underframe and wheels removed.
The start of the interior. The Coffee Shop car had a kitchen and
pantry to the left where the small windows are, then some tables and
finally a few lounge chairs.
Seats in place but no table tops yet or passengers.
There, table tops and passengers added.
And a couple of walls to simulate the kitchen/pantry areas and a cook.
Passengers in the car for a test fit.
The shell painted light gray to act as a primer.
The orange window stripe.
Plus the red stripes.
And the black stripes.
Compared to the commercial Tavern Car.
With silver stripes
And in the middle of the train