This week I have a couple of larger projects as well as a couple of small ones. First I want to wrap up the Maryville Yard by installing an MTH (Two Stall) Engine Shed. Before I can do that, I need to apply mortar to the bricks and do some exterior weathering. I like the brick color MTH used so I think applying the mortar and weathering the brick some should be sufficient. For mortar, I am going to use a product called Roberts Brick Mortar Formula that I read about some time ago in the OGR Magazine. It is particularly good while you have a building such as the engine shed that is already painted. To apply the formula, essentially all you have to do is brush it on making sure to fill the mortar lines, let it thoroughly dry, and then wipe it off making sure to leave the white powdery substance in the mortar lines. I plan to also apply some weathering about the doors and beneath the windows of the facility.
Before wrapping up this entry, I want to mention that I have had several folks and one just recently ask me about a track plan for the railroad as you will not find one on the website. Of course there is a track plan, however, it has not been something I wanted to publish as it simply amounts to a pencil drawing which was done at the kitchen table over eight years ago. In addition, since its original development a number of modifications have occurred with the most recent being the addition of a yard lead track. In short, what I have has simply not been worthy of being published. To help ameliorate the issue I have ordered a RR-Track layout design software package that I believe will let me create an accurate picture of the railroad's current design. In addition, it will also help me to design Phase II of the railroad should I decide to undertake it. Once I receive the software I will do my best to publish my track plan as soon as it can be done.