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Re: NYC Hudson Valley Lines
« Reply #45 on: February 06, 2019, 01:15:43 PM »
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Yeast, whiskey, gin, vodka and vinegar.

Must have smell great there.

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Re: NYC Hudson Valley Lines
« Reply #46 on: February 12, 2019, 11:38:38 AM »
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The first half of last week I wasn't feeling very motivated to get down in the basement.  I was actually feeling a little overwhelmed with the range of tasks and the number of tasks that I have to do.  By Thursday night, I decided that I'd go and do something just to get something done.  I decided to turn my attention back to a bit of scenery work, since it is something that I really enjoy doing.

The Hudson Highlands is a very dramatic and impressive stretch of the Hudson River Valley, where the river gets narrow and the mountains get tall (at least, by New York standards).  There wasn't a lot of room for a railroad in this area, so the right of way was blasted out of the hillsides that run right down to the river, resulting in plenty of rocky cuts and three short tunnels.  Other areas had rock fill added to create a roadbed.  Prior to the installation of CTC, this part of the railroad was also an operational bottleneck, as the four track main "shrank" down to two tracks between the towns of Peekskill and Garrison, a distance of about 10 miles.

Working north from Peekskill, the first tunnel encountered is called Flat Rock tunnel, and there is a cut through a hill just south of the tunnel.  Makes for a very model railroad-y scene.  I created the basic land forms for the cut and the tunnel at least 7 years ago, but hadn't glued them down.  So I set about working on the cut last Thursday, fitting together the various plaster rock walls that I've cast.  I glued the river-side hill in place over the weekend, and last night I worked on the hill on the east side of the tracks, adding another layer of foam to it to give it some more height to what I had originally created years ago.  I then glued these foam bits down.

Enough jabbering, here are the pictures.  First, looking to the north:


A higher elevation shot, also looking to the north:


And two overall shots:




Next steps will be to start gluing the plaster rocks in place and applying the first layer of Sculptamold.  After having looked at these loose bits of foam for so many years, it feels quite nice to be making the scene a bit more defined.

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Re: NYC Hudson Valley Lines
« Reply #47 on: February 13, 2019, 07:26:35 PM »
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I am really looking forward to this build. I am from Hopewell Jct and worked as a lifeguard at FDR in Yorktown. I spent lots of time hanging down on the river with friends including dragging a keg up to the top of the tunnel at Breakneck with the lifeguards and hanging out all night with the trains going under us.

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Re: NYC Hudson Valley Lines
« Reply #48 on: February 14, 2019, 04:13:55 PM »
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I am really looking forward to this build. I am from Hopewell Jct and worked as a lifeguard at FDR in Yorktown. I spent lots of time hanging down on the river with friends including dragging a keg up to the top of the tunnel at Breakneck with the lifeguards and hanging out all night with the trains going under us.

Nice.  My uncle that would take me and my cousins to the river to watch trains lives in Hopewell Jct.  That was also a time when Conrail would run a local over the Beacon line every couple of days, and they would often switch the lumber yard in Hopewell, which we would watch.  More than once we would be doing stuff in his yard and hear the train blowing for a grade crossing and jump in the car to go find him.  Good times....

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Re: NYC Hudson Valley Lines
« Reply #49 on: February 14, 2019, 04:20:34 PM »
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Additional progress has been made over the last couple of days in the form of gluing the plaster rocks onto the hill and the cut.  The larger spaces between rocks will get filled with Sculptamold to blend everything together, and I'll fill in the joints between adjacent rocks with more plaster.







-Brian.

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Re: NYC Hudson Valley Lines
« Reply #50 on: March 16, 2019, 09:07:22 AM »
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Lately I've been continuing work on my rock outcroppings, namely painting them.  Thankfully, the last time I painted a rock wall, I took notes as to what colors I used and whether I applied a wash, a drybrush, or a full coat of paint.  Capturing the correct coloring of the rocks in this particular part of New York is important to me, as there is so much rock it becomes an important scenic element.  Here are some progress pictures (I didn't load pictures from every painting step, so some a skipped here).  The last picture is where things currently stand, and I'm trying to decide if I'm satisfied with it or if I have more fussing to do.  But in general, I'm pretty happy with where this is at, and my next step will be to fill in the areas between the rocks with Sculptamold.









I also have a work session with my crew tomorrow, so some more backdrop painting and benchwork progress should be made.

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Re: NYC Hudson Valley Lines
« Reply #51 on: September 03, 2019, 12:02:44 AM »
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Huh...last update to this was back in March.  I suppose it's time for one.

The most recent progress that has been made is that my work crew came over last weekend and we built up the section of layout that will contain Spuyten Duyvil, along with the benchwork to support it.  This weekend I glued the foam on it:


And started to get an idea of the track arrangement:


(Sorry for the poor lighting, need to get some additional light in this part of the room)



The track at the lower left will be the freight line that crosses onto the northern end of Manhattan, and the two tracks in the upper right will be the line the passenger trains take to head to GCT.  Considering that building this part of the railroad has been high on my wish list for quite some time, it is very satisfying to be getting to do so.  I still have plenty of additional work to do to finalize the track alignments, but this at least shows the concept will work.  And, yes, the curve through the wye was very tight on the prototype, so I've gone with a roughly 16" radius curve.  No passenger cars allowed on that track!

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Re: NYC Hudson Valley Lines
« Reply #52 on: January 12, 2020, 12:36:37 PM »
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Thanks to my 5 year old daughter pushing me to work on some scenery, I've been making some progress recently on a section of the Hudson Highlands scene.  My daughter really likes to paint, and has been asking me to show her how to paint the river, so I've been giving her a paint brush to have at it.  The vast majority of 5 year olds probably could not be trusted to paint in such a careful manner, but with her, I'm never worried that she'll end up painting the wrong color in the wrong spot or just glob paint all over the place.  She actually helps me make progress, which is pretty sweet.  I do go in and touch up and blend things after she's finished an area.  Once we get done with one primary task, she asks what comes next, so in order to keep ahead of her, I've been working on adding Sculptamold to areas that have needed it to get all of the land-forms blended together. 



And last night after dinner, she helped me get the banks of the river painted.  She's also been asking me to do some grass, so we'll have to keep pushing on the various layers before we're there, but at least she has a good idea of what the end result will be.






This is a test shot of a scene that I'm really looking forward to photographing with a train heading up the river.  Still lots of work to get there, but I really like how things are coming along in this area.



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Re: NYC Hudson Valley Lines
« Reply #53 on: January 12, 2020, 02:14:09 PM »
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How wonderful! And the layout is cool, too :D
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Re: NYC Hudson Valley Lines
« Reply #54 on: January 12, 2020, 11:03:28 PM »
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Really nice work.
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Re: NYC Hudson Valley Lines
« Reply #55 on: January 14, 2020, 12:54:10 AM »
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Thank you both, I appreciate the compliments.

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