Maron Station & Engine Shed

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    Starting from a humble beginning: a Thomas the Tank Engine Hornby train set on a baseboard, given as a gift to my children. The layout is now progressing to more of a beginners model railway. Loosely based on Maron station from the Thomas the Tank Engine books & TV series, the layout incorporates a station with Signal box, Engine shed & small goods depot.

    My 5 year old son loves trains & Thomas the Tank Engine so I wanted to make the layout fun for children, but also a place to show off my beautiful A4, Sir Nigel Gresley (my personal favourite loco).
     

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    The first stages of Maron Station becoming more than a train set..... Some scenery in place. I scratch built a road bridge using brick paper downloaded from the internet stuck onto 2mm card, finished with a coat of PVA & Matt varnish to give the structure some strength.
     

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    Maron Station building started out life as an old, unassembled Hornby kit I bought off eBay for a few pounds. I painted it to resemble the station building from the TV series I found on the internet, with some station signs I knocked up in Powerpoint and downloads of some old railway posters, I don't think it looks too bad. Needs some weathering now to finish it off, does anyone have any tips for weathering buildings and what are the best materials to use (paint or weathering powders)?.
     

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    Personally I would give the whole station a very light wash with watered down black mixed with brown and light grey and a little washing up liquid to break down the surface tension to stop the watery paint balling. Try it on a spot that is not easily seen before committing to the rest. Once it is dry then put a few streaks down the sides of the window cills etc.
    Don't splash it on to much or the posters may peel off. Mind you, you could give it a coat of clear matt lacquer first to seal everything.


    Cheer's, Pete.
     
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    Thanks Pete.

    I'll give it a go.
     
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    The original layout looked too flat, so I Created some landscaped hills to create some more interest. As you can see, I'm keeping this in the family. My Son, Harry getting stuck in to some paper mâché hills - we were inspired to crack on with some more modelling following a recent visit to the Gloucester Warwickshire preserved railway.
     

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    Some more progress on the layout this week. Platforms glued down, more landscaping in place - I'm going to have my first attempt at modelling water. Just a small pond with a few local anglers trying their luck. I found a good video from Kathy Millatt of The Great Model Railway Challenge TV series fame, where she uses clear PVA to create a realistic water feature. I'm going to try this first before spending money on specialist resins.

    In the meantime, some more photos on progress.....

    Andrew.
     

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