I am thinking of starting a new layout, and was trying to decide on what track to use for it. I was interested in using Rokuhan track because of its selection and because the turnout actuators are hidden in the roadbed. David K. Smith gave Rokuhan track strong praise on his blogs, and showed that then weathered properly, it blends in to the scenery well. I still wasn't sure If I could live with the wider tie spacing on Rokuhan track, so before bitting the bullet I decided to weather a small section to see if I could live with it.
The results show that when properly weathered, the track blends very well into scenery. It is definitely more bulky than MTL track, but I can live with the inaccuracy as long as it works well. I will be using it for my next layout. The track was airbrushed with boxcar red, and then sprayed directly above with oily black to paint the ties. The track was ballasted with Arizona Rock and Mineral Co. N scale Pennsylvania Ballast. It takes alot of work to get the ballast to look right and not move around when securing it, but the results are worth it.
Oh yeah, and I used CA glue to secure the track. It works great!
Anyone else have photos of Rokuhan track on their layouts?
Curn, the ballasting and weathering of the track looks excellent! I like the scene you created. Rokuhan track is made for operations. I have tested it with numerous locomotives and all run fabulously through their turns. It really is an excellent system. The tie spacing is one of the few drawbacks.
There is talk that Rokuhan is going to expand their line to offer sectional track with concrete sleepers. This would be great for those operating modern equipment.
BTW, I also really love the two locomotives! The repainted WP GP7 is excellent. Rob A take note of that one!
Curn always been a fan of your work. It looks great. As I look at it, I think it really looks like kato's unitrack in N scale. You get much the same effect when weathered and ballasted. The tie size seems to shrink.
BTW the burnt grass looks spot on especially with the lack of rain we had in my neck of the woods!
Whoa, Looks like my roster is going to grow. I'll have 704, 710, and 713. What will the other mystery number(s) be? With my luck, another 704.
Ive been worried ever since AZL posted the GP7/9 unpainted shells photo with "WP" written in sharpie on one the cabs that you would be painting them green and orange. Thanks in advance for the silver and orange units.
My units were not stolen from your factory and started as AZL UP GP7s. They were stripped and painted all silver. The rest was done with decals using the decal sheet below.
well, your pix have made me a follower of the Rokuhan track. I love those "thinking" switches. But best of all are your wonderful realistic ballasting of said track. HOLY SMOKE - what kind of steamer is that in pix 2?? The Casey Jones from Maerklin?? I´d love to get this one, too. Who sells it? Regards Rainer
JUST FANTASTIK YOUR story about the aspenmodel kit! I´ll try to get one and built it, too. The Maerklin set of the Casey Jones steamer of 1900 with passenger cars of the Civil War - 1860´ies - does not meet my aims.
How do you built your olden-timer freight cars? I use Nn3 cars, less body, just the trucks, couplers and floor ...
The old time cars are laser cut wood kits made by RS Laser Kits. The flat car kits can be built as gondolas or flat cars. They are available in both N/Nn3 or Z scale versions. Ive been using branches from a Noble Fir tree to make wood loads. Both kits require trucks and couplers.