Your industrial section can
take on many forms. Liberal use of ballast, gravel, trees and
weeds can bring the area to life. Don't forget the cars, trucks
Adding signs, people and cars to the village brings a sense of reality to the scene. Notice the street signs and the stop sign at the corner. And we're reminded that drivers were required to use hand and arm signals when preparing to turn corners in their automobiles. We used portions of roofs borrowed from other kits to form the "board walk" in front of the village stores.
Ballast can be added to your Timber Ridge layout just as you would on any other layout. Spread the ballast between the rails, shape to the desired contours, then pre-wet with water to which you've added a few drops of detergent (we use Windex right out of the spray bottle). Then drip diluted glue onto the ballast. Woodland Scenics' Scenic Cement works very well for this purpose.
Remember, details make the scene.
Here, we find Sam the sign painter altering the population numbers
for Timber Ridge.
It seems Ian O'Toole's wife gave birth to a baby girl last night.
Weathering and aging of structures and signs
can also make a big difference in what would be just an ordinary
scene. Piles of junk (equipment, tools) relative to the scene
also lend an air of reality.