Railway Museum of San Angelo
This page was last updated on: March 12, 2012
Lem Allen "N" Scale
Building the Layout

Two major representations on the layout will be the Cities of Coleman and Luling Texas.

This page will keep you updated with photos of the layout as in progresses. We are trying to have the layout semi-operational and with some scenery and building placed by when the Museum host on September 11th an evening honoring our fire and emergency personal and those in all the law enforcement agencies. With even more done by September 17th and 19th Centennial celebrations.

We hope that the layout will be close to its finished state by December 12th we we plan on having a dedication ceremony.

Coleman, San Angelo Junction and Echo was painted with a brown base coat and when it was still wet a layer of three different Woodland Scenic ground cover was sprinked on then set with a mixture of water and white glue. Some of the roads were first marked out with tape and the rail was coverered with masking tape to keep the glue off of it. Next model buildings built by David  Wood were placed around aproximitly where they will go.
Central Colorado River Authority building with grain elevator in background.Note Blue tape peeking trough ground cover is where road to grain elevator will be
Highway goes through underpass of main line of Santa Fe
Another view of grain elevator with large warehouse next to it.This was not the original planned place for the warehouse but it looks much better and fits space better here. Track was set in place to see how it would look before we lay track and cut in new turnout into existing spur
Y across tracks from where passenger depot will go at bottom of picture. Original Y in Coleman was to the side and on the same side of tracks as passenger depot, but we needed to take a little artistic licence because of space
Coleman Freight depot with its large platform is already a busy place
The river was widened using same shape as on original layout, then 2 layers of 1 inch Pink foam was glued in the river bed after which David "Carved" it with a hot foam tool he made.IT is now looks like a deeper river with rough boulder strewn banks. Wide shallow part in center top of photo will be the damned up river for the Millpond and water wheel of the Mill in Luling that will be placed along the bank of the river at the damn.

David used torn strips of brown pager towels to cover the seams where the foam meets the table top, then brushed on white glue and water mixture. The River bed will painted with several colors to simulate water and then a layer of clear epoxy "WATER" from woodland scenic's will be poured over it to give the impression of water in river
the Ash Pit in the foreground is finished and ready to be painted and given a realistic coat of ash and burned out coal. You can see the turntable in left background of photo and the 3 track rail yard to the right. The roundhouse is being built and the area will have several work tracks including a scraping out track and scrap pile.
Look for more photos on this page as progress is made
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Work done September 7th 2009
What will be the River and Mill area in Luling gets a coat of plaster. Next step to paint the river hopefully be done before Friday
I also started work on paining streets on Coleman side today. This area is across the tracks from the main section of the City. After paint dries will tape over road beds and redo edges to clean up the lines of the roads.Also will make crossings over track in 3 places and put another layer of paint on roads and put in center stripe