I once again turned my attention to the base.
First the frontwall of the loadingarea had to be taken care off. At first I wanted to go for a brickwall or even a wall of natural stones. The brickwall did not work out to good and looked to plain and ordinary. Natural stone is a bit boring too... So I figured why not go for concrete? Might be fun to do a wall, showing the boarding used during the pouring. It shouldn't look to neat; some rough boarding, pouring and done!
One morning's work;
A little tip on how to do this. After mixing and adding the plaster, wait untill it is not longer sticky to the touch. Then use a small, wooden board with handle, and dip that board in water. Then press it into the plaster. Took me several tries to figure that out....
Checking and rechecking the height;
After that the laodingarea and the railbed had to filled up. I used these as references;
As you can see, none of these have a hard surface. It looks like sand or gravel. So I tried to recreate that too. I also had to find the correct distance between railcar and loading area, so more measuring and readjusting here.
After that I filled the railbed with some very fine grit, coming from the railwaymodellingneighbours. It's a messy job, but what worked best is to make a mix of grit and 50% diluted whiteglue, untill you get a saturated mix. No liquid should be visible, but the grit itself almost becomes liquid. This way I found it works best and is easiest added and modelled in place with an old, stiff brush.
Now I let it dry for a few days in a warm place with ventilation. After the surface had dried I played around with the setup a little...