Quanah, Acme and Pacific (QA&P) - West Texas - Fictitious Model Railroad Layout Agriculture Industry

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  1. patrick flory

    patrick flory Member

    When you painted your track, did you use markers on the rail?

    And all the ties?
     
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  2. skyraider

    skyraider Member

    Patrick,

    I don't know what you mean by markers.

    Apparently another item in model railroading (and maybe the real thing) that I'm ignorant of. :D

    Please educate me.
     
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  3. patrick flory

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  4. skyraider

    skyraider Member

    First I tried a weathering solution.

    It worked better on the flex track in the yard.

    Then I used a small paint brush and brushed on railroad tie brown.

    Slow and painstaking and you still have to thoroughly clean the rail tops.
     
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  5. skyraider

    skyraider Member

    Sorry about that, my mind tends to be very literal.

    When you first asked about markers I was thinking about some sort of indicator, not marking pens.

    I do have one of the weathering markers. At first it worked well. being used for awhile, the tip started fraying and then it made a mess like you mentioned. It came with two tips, so I changed it. That one wore out fast, as well.

    It would be difficult to spray Kato track since the ballast is built into the roadbed.
     
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  6. patrick flory

    patrick flory Member

    I sprayed Bachmann EZ Track brown along with the road bed.

    You have to cover the roadbed with the new ballast and once you do that it really looks great.
     
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  8. patrick flory

    patrick flory Member

    Sorry, that is marker painted EZ Track.

    But the gray roadbed is totally covered with ballast.
     
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  9. patrick flory

    patrick flory Member

    Spray painted EZ Track with ballast applied.

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  10. skyraider

    skyraider Member

    A little movement on the QA&P this evening. No steam operating today--just diesels.

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  11. patrick flory

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    I’ve always really liked West Texas, it was where I was going live my life 45 years ago before events conspired to direct it elsewhere.

    Some people say there’s nothing there. I disagree and say that there’s plenty, especially if you really like long distant horizons and big skies.

    I still feel a mystical connection to that country that I have always felt since day one, but I’ll doubt I’ll ever get back there.
     
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  12. patrick flory

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    Spray painted Kato track.

    It was truly fortuitous that a light coat left the ties a little darker than the ballast.

    No applied ballast needed in my opinion.

    Code 83 rail rocks. I am sorry I didn’t use it from the beginning on the other layout.

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  13. skyraider

    skyraider Member

    Big skies and the horizon with great views, that is exactly what drew me to areas like this.

    We like it pretty well. The only regret is that we did not settle a little farther west.
     
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  14. fredman23

    fredman23 Member

    Looks fantastic.
     
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