Looking at YOUR layout...what do you REALLY see ?

mtntrainman Jul 11, 2022

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Looking at YOUR layout...what do you REALLY see ?

  1. 1) TRAINS...running through scenery ?

  2. 2) SCENERY...with trains running through it ?

  3. 3) NOTHING...unless I turn the lights on in the trainroom !

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  1. mtntrainman

    mtntrainman TrainBoard Supporter

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    Hey....the CFO has been running trains since day one. What can I say ! :love:
     
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  2. Hardcoaler

    Hardcoaler TrainBoard Member

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    Psalm 119:37 (New International Version) begins "Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things ...." and that would include my scenery.

    My new railroad yet has none and I'm sometimes tempted to leave it that way, i.e. landscaping by @Doug Gosha . :)

    Other times, I think I might go all out with this.

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    Last edited: Jul 12, 2022
  3. BarstowRick

    BarstowRick TrainBoard Supporter

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    When I look at my layout, what do I see? A mess. Better if I just turned off the lights and walked away.

    Ask me what I used to see? Whatever my imagination served up. Scenery was an option and and not a requirement. I filled in the blanks with ideas of what kind of scenery I'd like to eventually see and where it may work out best. Still in the development stage.

    One thing is for sure it won't be flat landers scenery. It will need to resemble and this is where it gets difficult. Donner Pass. Nothing but mountain scenery. Perhaps of the Colorado's Rockies, there again Arizona, or Cajon Pass and Tehachapi. If my Dad was still in the present it would resemble the latter and not ladder. Although there certainly would be yard ladders.

    In all the years I've built layouts I've never been able to match an actual location with my modeling. Trains passing through a desert scene, with the wind kicking up the talc and sand. Or how about all that wonderful (I said sarcastically) L.A. SMOG!! You can't replicate all that without damaging your train equipment.

    Even when I weather my stuff it looks like a kid got out his crayons and made a mess. One big kid. One big mess.

    I finally decided it is what it is and I'll put my attention and abilities on Operations. I can come closer to the 1:1 ft scale. Although the trains look pathetic. Sad to say.

    Did I say all I have is a caricature of the real deal. If not here...I have elsewhere.

    I better duck and run for cover, Incoming!!
     
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  4. Doug Gosha

    Doug Gosha TrainBoard Member

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    Ah, what would we scenery-making-challenged individuals have ever done without Life-Like:

    Treble-O-Lectric Layout.JPG

    Doug
     
  5. Doug Gosha

    Doug Gosha TrainBoard Member

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    Agreed, George, that looks TERRIFIC"

    Doug
     
  6. Hardcoaler

    Hardcoaler TrainBoard Member

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    I like it! (y) I can fit a coal mine in there somewhere and I already have several of those Treble O Trains trees to get me started.
     
  7. MK

    MK TrainBoard Member

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    Does that handle a double stack train? :ROFLMAO:
     
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  8. in2tech

    in2tech TrainBoard Member

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    That's my idea of scenery :) Me Life-Likes it :)
     
  9. Doug Gosha

    Doug Gosha TrainBoard Member

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    It looks like at least triple stacks.

    :D

    Doug
     
  10. in2tech

    in2tech TrainBoard Member

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    Oh forgot to post what I see...MONEY :)
     
  11. MetraMan01

    MetraMan01 TrainBoard Member

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    A placeholder-something to keep my interest and practice on until I leave Japan and get back to the US…and hopefully more space for the next layout.


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  12. BigJake

    BigJake TrainBoard Member

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    The scenery I see in my mind is so much better than what I am capable of producing on a layout. And I keep vacillating back and forth between competing ideas. Paralysis by analysis...
     
  13. NtheBasement

    NtheBasement TrainBoard Member

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    I had to pick 3. Layout scenery looks great on its own, but once a train is moving it definitely becomes the center of my attention.
     
  14. Shortround

    Shortround TrainBoard Member

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    The third was close but not complete. After lights on there's just an empty table and half clogged shelving. Very little train stuff until bills get paid and maybe I move. Life can be grand.
     
  15. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    In my distant past, seemed as though anyone who had Lionel trains, had a styrofoam tunnel as well, at some point. :)
     
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  16. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    I have seen many variants of these foam layouts. And yes, I had one..... :D
     
  17. LifeTrekker_

    LifeTrekker_ TrainBoard Member

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    I don't currently have a running layout, but when I finally get it to that point, I want to be able to suspend my disbelief for a few minutes and convince myself that I am looking at a full size train in a full size environment. That means that for me anyway, the scenery, buildings, etc., are just as important as the trains. IMO, they are all models that need to be done well in order to successfully create the "suspension of disbelief" effect I am going for.

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  18. BigJake

    BigJake TrainBoard Member

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    Well my terrain will start out with a chiseled, pink look almost like granite (there may be a panther roaming around). Then a blizzard will hit, covering most of the granite with white snow. Then spring will come, thawing the snow, and exposing dirt and rocks. Then the grass, shrubs and trees will grow.

    Yeah, that's how it will go. In my mind...
     
  19. BigJake

    BigJake TrainBoard Member

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    Oh, yeah, I forgot to mention the precision-sloped snow drift, with crevasses.
     
  20. DeaconKC

    DeaconKC TrainBoard Member

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    Well, I am looking at some foam core boards to start the T trak modules once the track arrives!
     

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