Milan Branch of the Iowa Interstate RR

Category: Benchwork

Fascia names for key locations

Railroads name everything. So every layout should have adequate signage on the fascia to name key locations.

I made up the simple signs above and sent them to my friend, Clark C., who is laser engraving them with a special two-color plastic material for an ivory / brown look. Since my fascia color is chocolate brown, the color combo should work well. Scroll down for some images.

The signs with the IAIS herald are railroad-specific, while the other signs note key geographic locations.

Benchwork

Steel frames for benchwork are in place. I’ve noted general locations.

Benchwork is progressing. Next up is to determine lighting and install backdrop.

Primed backdrop, homasote base, and lighting.

A view looking towards the Rock River crossing.

Black curtains will eventually hide the storage areas under fascia. I will paint areas under the valance white to reflect light.

Looking from the Rock Island end.

I originally installed troffer lights which fit perfect within valance and used 5,000K daylight tubes.

After using the 5,000K troffers for some time, I decided I wanted dimmable LEDs in a warmer 4,000K light.

I also installed dimmable blue LEDs for night ops. The dimmable quality allows simulation of a moon-lit or dark night.

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