Further Development of Barbara’s HO Layout

While Rob was working on Barbara’s HO model train layout, there was criminal activity in the trailer park. All of the police in Sherman’s Crossing, the town in her layout, were on site.

Trouble in Sherman's Crossing

Trouble in Sherman's Crossing


This criminal activity frightened the town’s only other inhabitant so badly that he rented a U-haul, intending to move away.
Resident moving to a better neighborhood

Resident moving to a better neighborhood


So goes the story as Barbara’s HO table continues to develop. As I have stated before, developing a story to explain your layout can make it more fun. Imagination is the key.

Further developments have been made elsewhere and Rob’s artistic talents are beginning to appear. At the entrance to the tunnel, Rob has added a very realistic portal painted with a few old acrylic paint washes. The smoke residue at the top was created with black chalk. Some additional supports were colored with the same acrylic washes.

Model train tunnel portal

Model train tunnel portal


Additional painted supports

Additional painted supports

Rob has also added more sheetrock mud and other materials to continue developing the HO model hill country. Dabbling in ink washes and utilizing dirt prebaked in an oven to sterilize it, he is slowly bringing this model train layout to life.

Area around the tunnel

Area around the tunnel


Rugged hillside

Rugged hillside