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An overview during the ballasting stage shows the platforms and road surface having been painted grey. Scalescenes pavements and edging were retained to give a finished look, with the platform walls also constructed using these card kits. Solid foundations for the bridge section were glued onto the baseboard, although the top remained loose so that the track below can be cleaned.
 
The first stage of track ballasting and weathering can be seen in this photo, with a mix of Hornby grey and brown ballast. Different to other types of ballast, this seems to darken when it has been glued with PVA - perfect for representing a cold and wet Edinburgh evening! Track was painted using black spray paint before ballasting, and after this had all dried dry-brushing browns, greys and even greens onto the track gives a very realistic finish.
 
This is the first photo showing the wall on the edge of Waverley Bridge, constructed using Peco concrete platform walling. These plastic sections were modified using a Stanley knife such that they were flat on the back, and linked using a flat section of plasticard. While it isn't an exact match for the prototype, this seems a cheap way of constructing a concrete wall - just be careful hacking about with a sharp knife.
 
View from under the bridge, with a Bachmann 158 waiting in the bay platforms with a service to Glasgow. By this point the crossover had been removed, with a simpler track layout meaning that fewer point motors had to be installed.
 
The back wall of the layout was a very distinctive colour (see Prototype photos for a match) and none of the Scalescenes products were quite right. This retaining wall was constructed using a card base and a lot of Slaters 4mm 'Dressed Stone' plasticard, with narrow abutments covering the gaps. Dry brushing was again used for the finish, with a base of Tamiya 'sand' and a variety of greys, browns and greens used to recreate the washed-out look of the original.
 
In order to make the road transport appropriate to the local area, Lothian Bus 22 to Gyle was picked up for about £15. This is a good way to 'locate' your layout in addition to choosing appropriate rail rolling stock.  
 
A closeup of the wall, bus stop and telephone box (from Hornby Skalescenes). Little details like this help the overall picture seem much more lifelike, and the addition of people is something I really must get round to.
 
This shot of the layout 'in the room' helps you see how messy the train room can get, even when I try hard to keep it tidy...
 
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