The track needs to be weathered, ballasted and detailed, normally in that order and the platforms need to be shaped and installed.
Weathering the track was started last week, unfortunately I started a little too late before the sun called a halt to the operation, therefore this morning has been an opportunity to clear a number of 'must-do's' in the workshop.
After an application of Plastikote's Cappuccino, the rails are brush painted with an acrylic burnt Sienna, this darkens as it dries, possibly a more livid red would dry to a lighter shade?
The platforms will be cut from a sheet of 15mm extruded styrofoam sheet supplied by Dawn at www.episoutuons.co.uk the styrofoam sheet is dense and more rigid than the more familiar white bead polystyrene insulation foam and more suitable for structures or trackbed.
Detailing the platform surfaces is a case of shaping the surface with a sanding block and basswood strips on the taller edge. This forms the typical platform shape of the rural lokalbahn.