Steam shed/depot ground cover tips needed!

Having a problem making your model railway layout look real. Post questions and share the results of your model railway scenery here.
User avatar
Posts: 30
Joined: Sat May 12, 2012 10:13 pm

Steam shed/depot ground cover tips needed!

Postby Leekmuncher7474 » Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:54 pm

Hi, has anyone got any suggestions for the best materials to use to recreate the black, oily mud between the tracks and generally all around the yard outside a steam-era engine shed? I've heard mention of Polyfilla being used in the past and was wondering if anyone had any experiences of using it; good or bad. I've added a photo of Bridgnorth shed off the SVR as an example of what I'm hoping to achieve. Many thanks 8)

"Too old to rock and roll, too young to die"

User avatar
Posts: 2457
Joined: Wed Jan 08, 2014 5:47 pm
Location: N.Wales

Re: Steam shed/depot ground cover tips needed!

Postby TimberSurf » Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:43 pm

Talcum powder! (painted black)
Lumsdonia <--- Hit link to go to my website for full story and wiring advice!

User avatar
Posts: 246
Joined: Sun Apr 15, 2007 6:12 pm
Location: Liverpool

Re: Steam shed/depot ground cover tips needed!

Postby Free_at_last » Wed Jun 12, 2019 3:00 pm

Black Desert Sand from Aquaria outlets.
Gauge is not spelt guage. Remember to put another "m" in remeber. Manufacturers has two "r"s in.
When you buy something, you have bought it, not brought it.
Before you post, are you really LOL and do you NEED to tell us?

Posts: 492
Joined: Sat Sep 24, 2016 11:24 am

Re: Steam shed/depot ground cover tips needed!

Postby muggins » Thu Jul 18, 2019 9:34 am

I've just done mine with DAS clay rolled to around 3mm thickness with the wife's rolling pin, laid in sections onto neat PVA brushed onto the baseboard. Leave for at least 48 hours to go off, then fill the gaps and cracks with DAS pressed in hard, then sand the whole area once it's all good and hard if you want a smooth finish, and Bob's your mother's brother. Worked for me :)

Return to “Scenery”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 3 guests