Category: Construction

Re-cycling Structures

  When I took down the old Monon  layout, I kept all of the structures and carefully packed them away.  At the time I had no clue how handy it would be to have them for the Brooklyn layout.  Turn of the century brick architecture is as much of a fit for Brooklyn as it…


N Scale Code 40

I just finished the first run of ballasted track work on the layout.  Micro Engineering code 40 was used as the basis.  Every fifteenth tie or so was removed and a pc tie soldered in place for stability.  Once this was done, I took a number 11 blade and shaved all of the spike heads…


The Freight House

The first structure for the N scale Brooklyn Terminal is now complete.  Specifically, a representation of the old Bush Terminal facility at 1st Avenue and 48th Street in Brooklyn.  As with previous layouts, the model consists of photographs of the prototype, manipulated with photo editing software and then affixed to a braced styrene core. Stand…


The Freight House

The first scene to be developed on the Brooklyn Terminal layout will be the corner of the layout near the freight house and interchange tracks.  The freight house model is based primarily on the Bush Terminal Facility that existed on First Avenue.  I was a little surprised that a scan of an image in the…


Scene Composition – Front to Back Spacing

Recently David, one of my blog followers, wrote to ask how deep my foreground structures were (six inches to get to the point).  David’s question made me realize that the spacing in the above photo is something I gave an enormous amount of thought to but never really wrote about.  In terms of composition, the…