Welcome back to the second part.
The sawmill got placed on the first segment. The ties for the further tramroad are also placed into the sandy ground of the Sandhills. With the mill in place, I started to add the final components and details. To add the roofs, I used 0.4mm plywood instead of cardboard as supplied by the kit. The tar paper also comes with the kit. As mentioned in the first part, my model railroad will represent the early begining of a new logging operation, so structures and equipment doesn’t heavy wear or weathering yet.
As the lower row of photos shows, the rails are also in place by now. I made them from basswood strips 1×1.5mm. Next will be to add some green and grass to the ground and to continue on the next segments as well.
after many ideas and withdrawn plans, I finally found a way to build a timber-tramroad layout to run my little Toma-Shay. The layout is designed in 3 segments and will show a fresh started logging operation in the late 19th centuray, out in the Carolina Sandhills.
I found an old diecast kit of the “Tie & Plank Mill” produced by Woodland Scenics, which will become the sawmill on my railroad. To make it fit, I had to mirrow the working direction so the logs will come in from the right, while the timber output is to the left. This required some kitbashing. Also, the mill will become a relief structure right at the backdrop.
Once the parts were deburred and cleaned, I made the required changes and created subassemblies when possible. This would make the coloring part easier. All parts got primed and base colored with an airbrush. After a wash to highlight the wood grain, all the small details got hand-painted.
Finally, the sawmill got pre-assembled on my workbench. Remember, that this will become a relief structure and lean against the backdrop one finished.
Next weeks report will show the final touches on the sawmill and installation on the first segment of the layout.