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Re-creating Horseshoe Curve in
super-elevated as per the prototype. There are even track pans strategically placed at several locations on the mainline to provide all those thirsty steam locomotives with ondemand water (simulated, of course). The layout is set in the fall, which enables Lloyd to add bright and brilliant foliage. His techniques for scenery are quite varied and employ a variety of materials. Much of the scenery base is foam with burlap added for texture. Plaster rocks using rubber molds are used to model the rugged Pennsylvania terrain. The background hills are done with black fleece material, which has had ground foam added for texture and is spray painted for shadows. The backdrop is quite unusual on the layout since it is translucent! Light bulbs a re behind this backdrop. Cloud stencils made from styrene are then glued or taped t o the backs of the sheets and provide a very soft effect for clouds. The sheets simulate well the hazy, soft atmospheric effect, which is common in western Pennsylvania. Lloyd uses sheets of white polypropylene plastic from truck cargo liners fastened on a wooden framework. The seams are difficult to work with, so he has tried a variety of joint techniques, with 3M invisible tape being the most current. There is approximately two feet of space behind much of the backdrop, which enables him to add additional lighting effects. When the overhead lights are dimmed, Lloyd can simulate a beautiful sunset and moonlight by using red and blue light bulbs behind the translucent backdrops. There is even a thunderstorm sequence with lightning behind the town of Altoona...and a moon over a section of the Curve! The trees are made using a variety of natural and artificial materials. Sumac and sagebrush branches make for great natural bark textures. Foam adds leaves and the fall

by Doug Geiger, MMR

Photos by the author colors. Commercial trees are used, too. The variety of trees and ground litter and clutter are beautiful and set the stage for the trains to travel through. The buildings are constructed primarily of styrene. Many are scratchbuilt to match particular prototype buildings. Some have interiors that duplicate the real buildings. A t least 50% of the structures are spe cific for the copied scene being replicated. The remainder are kits, both modified and straight from the box. Many buildings have


An experimental PRR T-1 steam locomotive passes the Horseshoe Curve monument. Lloyd models the era before the famous K-4 was put on display at the Curve.

JUNE 2001


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