Since the winter layout party ended, I've been working on a couple of projects and taken a fairly interesting field trip. The structures I've been working on are for the Saginaw inspired area I've come to think of as "little Potter Street". First, the brick effect on the walls of the passenger station are done. This was done with several different colors of paint, drywall mud for the mortar lines and a final treatment with orange and red pastel chalks. Several of the wall sections, ready to assemble, are shown in the first photo. Next is the freight house. This was a train show find. So far, I've applied different layers of acrylic paint and gray tinted drywall mud, which I found to be somewhat more difficult on an already assembled structure. Hopefully, dullcote and treatment with pastel chalks will tone it down somewhat. The roof has received a coat of medium gray paint followed by washes of raw umber and black. Doors and windows, originally a buff color, have received an uneven coat of medium gray and next will receive an uneven coat of green, allowing both the gray and some of the original buff (unweathered wood) to show through. Like the brick effects, this is a technique I picked up from a Jason Jensen video. The stone effects on the foundation remain to be done using a technique from Luke Towan. Once I have finished this on the freight house, I will finish those parts of the depot. You will notice the foreground corner in the first photo. The mortar lines in this area were apparently sanded off, so this area will get some Ivy to hide it. I should note that, according to the Huron Central's hypothetical history, these two structures would have been constructed in 1881-82 by predecessor Green River and Eastern. The passenger station, being the public face of the railroad and also housing the company offices, has received much better maintenance over the years. The freight house, on the other hand, will show more signs of use and neglect. I'm going to hold back from going full Jason Jensen on it, mainly because the Huron Central is not interested in allowing anyone's freight to get wet. Oh yeah. What about the field trip? It was an interesting look around Bay City, but I'll save that for another post.