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Tips for disguising a layout access walkway
HOW DEEP THE VALLEY
Article and Photos by Bill Bramlage
My train layout design includes
an access walkway extending down the
middle of the layout. Many bridges and
trestles cross this walkway. I wanted to
transform this unattractive access area
into a large scenic valley with spectacular
fall colors similar to many Pennsylvania
valleys in October.
The valley floor was painted and
reinforced with 1/2˝ plywood attached to
the valley sidewalls with piano hinges and
locked in horizontal position with slide
bolts. is resulted in a very easy and quick
transition from a walk-through work
passage into a scenic river valley.
I resisted multiple suggestions from
friends who suggested motorizing and
automating this valley transformation.
Maybe this will happen in the future...
then again, maybe not!
All the rock forms in this project were
rescued from my previous layout. e trees
came from two sources: the old layout
and a local hobby shop's closeout sale.
Here is a view of the river valley from one of the layout's viewing platforms. This valley cuts through the middle of Tower City Golf Club. Many bridges and trestles extend over
the valley and the adjoining golf course.