Saturday, December 24, 2016

Paint on the bridge track

Merry Christmas from The Little Rock Line!

With the truss bridge complete, I turned my sights to the bridge track.  After getting the rails and guard rails installed it was time to paint them.  I started out spraying them with some Rustoleum satin London Grey as a base coat.  

Once it was dry I decided to try out some Pan Pastels.  I started out with a black that I brushed down the middle and followed that with a Dark Brown on the outside of the rails and ties.

Was very pleased with how they turned out.  I might go back and touch them up with a couple of different shades of brown for a bit of variation to the colors of the ties and planks.  Then I'll spray a sealer coat on them.

I also received some HO scale Micro Engineering Bridge Shoes the other day to use on the CV bridge.  I read on a forum where someone tried them out and was happy with the size.  They had tried the N scale versions and said the same thing I did, that they were too small. 

Next I'm working on a color for the CV bridge.  Been doing a little snooping and found some nice bridge pictures that have an overall rust or oxidized color similar to this.

Like Steven mentioned to me, I also like the sections that are painted with grey.


  1. Merry Christmas to you too, Allen.

    I've also built one of those CV bridges, and I've also been experimenting with Rustoleum 2X paints. I'll be watching to see how this develops for you.

    1. So far I've been happy with the results, the kit is very nice as well.

  2. Allen looking good. To state the bleedon obvious I reccon that the grey is a repair that has been painted over to prevent rusting. Nice idea to try.

    1. Thanks! I would have to agree with you Rod. If not a repair, then some preventative maintenance? Either way I think I'll try to copy it.
      It'll add to the flavor of the age.

  3. Looks awesome Allen! Merry Christmas!

    1. Thanks Steven.
      Glad you pointed out the Grey areas on the bridge, I think I'm going to try and replicate them.
      Merry Christmas as well,