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Winter layout Ideas
Posted by jbrailphotography on Monday, November 07, 2011 9:11 PM

Does anybody have any good sources or ideas for modelling a winter layout?

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Posted by galaxy on Tuesday, November 08, 2011 12:47 AM

-G .

Just my thoughts, ideas, opinions and experiences. Others may vary.

 HO and N Scale.

After long and careful thought, they have convinced me. I have come to the conclusion that they are right. The aliens did it.

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Posted by wjstix on Tuesday, November 08, 2011 7:57 AM

The Dec 2011 Model Railroader has a cover story on a layout with a winter section. A couple of books about doing scenery have a chapter on doing a winter layout or scene, but there's not too much out there. Bill Henderson's Coal Belt RR HO layout used talcum powder for a light "dusting" of snow in his winter scene that I think looked very realistic.

BTW I never cared for the snow covered pine trees that much. You might have a look like those frost / snow covered trees the morning after a snowfall, but after a few hours in the sun the snow and the pine trees mostly disappears - even if it's still below freezing out. The dark green needles absorb heat and warm up enough to melt the snow, allowing the tree to do photosynthesis and survive.

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Posted by BroadwayLion on Tuesday, November 08, 2011 9:26 AM

Does your layout need a snow blower? I only visit the city in the summer, so I have never seen this beast in action. The jet engine (from a 747--the little tail generator set) tips down to clear the tracks. Apparently NYCT is not too happy with it: It blows the ballast into other standing equipment.But they do have five of them!

 

If you can model one of these, it would make an interesting addition to your snow scene.

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Posted by tomikawaTT on Tuesday, November 08, 2011 12:41 PM

My heartburn with modeled snow scenes (unless you're modeling the rust belt during the height of its industrial activity) is that the pristine whiteness quickly picks up a layer of grey grunge.  It requires cleaning about five times more frequently than 'other season' scenery.

Of course, you can try for that bleak, cold, everything dead or dormant look of midwinter and not have a snowflake in sight.  Then have all the snow you want on the backdrop, where the vertical surface won't be a dust magnet.

(Having said that, I do have a place in my master plan for a snow scene, Miyukidani - Beautiful Snow Valley.  It's on the very far end of a narrow gauge route that will probably never be built, on an upper level that isn't framed in and may never be.)

Chuck (Modeling Central Japan in September, 1964)

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Posted by galaxy on Wednesday, November 09, 2011 7:46 AM

Here's more:

Snow boards and such {if you model a more modern era}:

http://www.walthers.com/exec/productinfo/189-6004

older Chevy snowplow:

http://www.walthers.com/exec/productinfo/247-7071

MOW snopwmelter like mentione by broadway lion:

http://www.walthers.com/exec/productinfo/247-7086

Vintage snowmobile:

http://www.walthers.com/exec/productinfo/361-454

Ice fishing set:

http://www.walthers.com/exec/productinfo/361-453

older winter clothed outdoor figures:

http://www.walthers.com/exec/productinfo/590-12197

seated winter passengers:

http://www.walthers.com/exec/productinfo/590-10317

children in winter clothes:

http://www.walthers.com/exec/productinfo/590-14007

witer clothed peoples:

http://www.walthers.com/exec/productinfo/590-14037

n scale bare trees could work for HO:

http://www.walthers.com/exec/productinfo/716-60001

winter effects scenic kit:

http://www.walthers.com/exec/productinfo/785-4123

There are plenty of locomotive snow plows and lococ/plows and rotary Loco plows..you just have to search for them to buy them to add to your snow/winter scenes. I didn't bothre to list them all here.

BTW all I did was go to my favorite online e-tailers and type in search for "snow" and "winter" and got all the links i gave you here for ideas from the "ready made world" to create scenes with.

Easy peasy.

I did it also for myself to see what I can get for our "under the CHristmas tree winter layout", where Ho and N scale will run... I gave you the HO scale listings as in HO HO HO, Merry CHristmas!!! {LOL BAD joke}

Geeked

-G .

Just my thoughts, ideas, opinions and experiences. Others may vary.

 HO and N Scale.

After long and careful thought, they have convinced me. I have come to the conclusion that they are right. The aliens did it.

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Posted by JohnReid on Wednesday, November 09, 2011 8:14 AM

Soon we will just have to look out the window in my part of the planet !Storm

Once Upon a time.........

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Posted by jbrailphotography on Wednesday, November 09, 2011 6:56 PM

Thanks for all the great ideas keep them coming!!!

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Posted by jbrailphotography on Thursday, November 10, 2011 12:25 AM

viewphoto.php?id=379776&nseq=10I think im going to start a little diorama and do some experiments because there's something about trains in the snow that make me feel good. 

here some pictures i m using for inspiration.

(all credit gores to photographer)

 

http://www.flyerguide.net/viewphoto.php?id=371548&nseq=57

http://www.flyerguide.net/viewphoto.php?id=374504&nseq=44

http://www.flyerguide.net/viewphoto.php?id=379776&nseq=10

http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=349324&nseq=40

My personal favourite 

http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=364604&nseq=23

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Posted by HHPATH56 on Thursday, November 10, 2011 10:38 AM
I built a two ft. high hill with a Skate&Ski resort at the top, to add something to my four season layout. Note the automated ski lift and Scenic Express Super trees in leafless Winter scene. At the top of the mountain is an automated skating pond with HO scale skaters moving magnetically in random patterns, controlled by magnetic mechanism operating below. Click on photo to enlarge it. Then, click on "Previpous" or "Next" to see other views of my layout. Bob Hahn

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