East of the Blue Ridge

Chronicles of an On30 quarry railroad

Planning for Talc - 2

One thing is leading to another around the talc dump. I felt like I needed to have a better idea of the arrangement of the buildings before proceeding with the scenery.


Since many of the talc dump buildings were to be connected by the On18 tram, I built a section of right of way. Since the tram will not actually run, all track components including the roadbed itself are styrene. I used Grandt Line 18 inch sectional mining track as a guide for gauge, crosstie placement and length.


Using sheet styrene for roadbed will allow the tram tracks to undulate along the uneven surface of the ground at the dump site.


I mocked up a suitable arrangement of buildings for the scene.


With the arrangement of the buildings determined, I was comfortable with the idea of continuing with base scenery to the left of the talc dump.


Rather than use Gypsolite to cover the plaster cloth on this hill, I tried Fusion Fiber. I found it to be very easy to use with easy cleanup. The ground surface is not as brittle or prone to cracking.