I basically used 2” x4” framing for all of my walkways and walls. At this point let me tell you that I am by no means a carpenter, my primary work was a mechanic. I did do the carpentry work for the walkways and the sealing of the dirt from the other area.
For the walls I hired a railroad buddy, Jim Christensen and his men to come in and install the walls and make them square and straight. Don’t forget, I am NOT a carpenter, so if I did the walls there would be no way that they would be straight or true to this world.. Jim is the best and he used framing of 2x4’s for the wall frames. The walls are 41” high.
Deciding on Backdrop Warehouse (BDW),
Vernon Hart, TCA #97-45602, is a dear friend and has helped me eminencly with many of the decisions and physical help in building my layout. He has guided me on many matters and purchasing the BDW backdrops was one of the biggest decisions that he has helped me with. He has one on his layout that I visit on a regular basis. I love the way these backdrops give a layout so much depth, they add to the layout without taking attention away from the trains.
I proceeded to the BDW website, www.backdropwarehouse.com , and started to look around. Yes, I agree, it is a little overwhelming, but also very informative. When I had a question, I picked up the phone and called them. They were very helpful and sent me a 4” x 8” sample of the product. I asked for this sample so that I could just look and feel what this product was like. I asked several questions of them and all were answered very well and in an informative way.
I wanted to use fall colors and phoned BDW. Norm informed me that they were leaving for a trip back east and when he returned back he would post these pictures up on their website. These photos are the ones that I chose and they all have beautiful colors. The list and order of my backdrops is listed below:
BD HL 981011ME - reversed
BD HL 981011ME
BD HL 871105CE
BD HL 871105CE - reversed
BD HL 871105BE - reversed
BD HL 871105AE - reversed
BD HL 871105AE
BD HL 871105BE
BD HL 871105CE
All of these backdrops are 42” tall by 13’ long.
Receiving the Backdrops
So after making the choices on which backdrops I wanted, I phoned BDW to place my order. I spoke with Norm and was pleased with the way that my order was taken and I received a receipt via e-mail.
The backdrops arrived approximately 3 weeks later via USPS mail in 3 different shipments. BDW can only put 3 of these backdrops in the 6” round diameter cardboard carton that is approximately 44” long. So for 3 consecutive days it was like Christmas at our home.
In each carton there were 3 backdrops, that measure 42” tall by 13’ long along with sample swatches that you can use for testing. I cannot emphasize enough that you need to use and test these samples. As these backdrops arrived, I opened and inspected each one. I then rolled each of these backdrops flat and let them come to room temperature and humidity over the next several days.
Preparing the masonite wall surface & seams with tape.
I had read on the OGR forum that some guys had used clear shipping tape to seal the seams of their masonite walls. I did this with great success.
Installing the Backdrops
Worry is SIN ……………… Like NIKE, Just Do It !
I don’t know about you, but I have a tendency to worry a lot. I am ashamed to say this but, I let my backdrops lay out for over 3 weeks before I had the nerve to attempt to put them up on the walls. Vernon came over one Saturday and we put up the first backdrop.
First Backdrop up -- Whee! And I thought it would be the worst one! This one is in my Horseshoe Curve. Look closely, you can see the clothes pins we used to hold the top of the backdrop to the masonite? If you want to know, the walls have a radius here of 49”.