Don’t let indecision about the final plan keep you from using removable scenery on your train layout! Burr Stewart shows examples of using removable pieces of scenery to postpone design decisions or construction in various places on his HO scale train layout, the Burrlington Northern. He also briefly describes how easy it is to quickly make scenery by carving and painting foam, and constructing fir trees from barbecue skewers and furnace filter material.
Burr’s HO (and HOn3) scale model railroad layout occupies an 800 square foot basement in Seattle, WA, USA, and has been under construction since 1986. It is a “proto-freelanced” model railroad which depicts railroading in the greater Seattle region in approximately 1973, after the BN merger took place in 1970, but before all the locomotives were re-painted “BN green” in 1977. Interchanges with the UP an MILW railroads are also featured. The HOn3 part of the layout assumes that by 1970 the Denver & Rio Grande narrow gage had made it out west to Everett, WA in order to compete with the standard gage railroads, which is pure fantasy!
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