I milled homasote strips for roadbed, both straight sections and kerfed for curves. I glued both the roadbed and ties down with Mod Podge, textured each individual tie with a razor saw and dental pick, and stained and ballasted. Finally, I used Pan Pastels to vary the gray color of each tie and then followed with additional Pan Pastels of black, dark earth, mud, and rust to further texture the ties.
I’ve started to lay rail and hope to have all the track down and operating by the end of winter 2018.
The undulating quality of homasote makes it the perfect subroadbed and roadbed because it looks prototypical at eye level.
Texturing each tie individually is possible on a small branch line layout. It creates the run down character of a somewhat neglected branch.
Move cursor over image above to see tie detail. Proto87 spikes used.