I did some research on printing out backdrops on your own. I was going to take the pics myself but my camera (about 10 years old) is less functioning than my I-phone one. So, I found some high resolution pics I could use on the web. Used a mirror image on a few and I have several pics I can use on the lower level on the branch line.
I also experimented with a untreated tie load and found some pics on the web of them in gons. So, I used a piece of blue foam and cut it to the size of the gon. This takes up most of the space in the gon. I then cut up match sticks to tie size(gon width). I cut several different notches in the foam to represent uneven ties. Paint the foam a tan color and then glue in the ties.
|This untreated tie gon turned out well. I need this for my untreated tie loading facility in Orange.|
|The load out of the gondola.|
|Examples of the printed backdrops. This trackage is in front of my work desk and is very thin. The hole in the wall leads to the helix in the garage.|
|Examples of the quality of the prints. Some lights in this area might help. It's on the "to do" list. Printed out some different ones tonight.|
|My travels Saturday took me through my favorite railfanning spot since I was a young kid. Doswell, VA always has engines sitting in the yard area. Buckingham Branch has their engines here now and is typical for a short line like the VMID.|
|These "plugin" receptacles are a nice added feature that can be easily added to the Midland.|