Its all in the pictures! Click and read the captions to find out how I made some scenery.
Using black matte board I built a simple grade crossing.
In order to add some visual interest I angled the direction of the road once it hit the tracks. You may be wondering how I was able to cut the board to fit the curve. Easy! Just put a layer of white chalk on the rails, press down matte board and you have lines to make the cut.
Lionel FasTrack already has its own built in ballast but I wanted to add another layer of realism with Brennan’s Better Ballast.
I placed ballast on only the edges of the FasTrack as it would be almost impossibly to do it between the ties. I do this by first painting glue onto the edges, immediately sprinkling a thin layer of ballast using a spoon.
As you can see the ballast really adds to the FasTrack and adds a nice realistic profile to the rails.
The playground was wired and the flag pole was in place so I decided it was time for ground cover
I applied Woodland Scenics Fine Green Blended Turf to the park by first painting on glue and then sprinkling on the ground cover. As you can see I just dump a big glob of white glue and use a paint brush to spread it around.
In just a few minutes I had the entire area covered. Time to let it dry. I may go back over it with a spray of diluted white glue to look everything down.
For the area surrounding the NKP water tower and Power Station building it made sense to just filled the industrial area with gravel. Again I painted on glue just like in the park area. I used Woodland Scenics Fine Light Grey Ballast
As you can see scenery really brings a layout to life. I filled in the area between the tracks with Brennan’s Better Ballast and added a few details such as some old rails, ties and a digger. Lots more details to add yet!