Tunnel face

Crossdale Tunnel portal

Crossdale Tunnel portal

Where the ‘Crossdale Tunnel’ breaks out of the cliff face, I have now glued the laser engraved tunnel portal, which I laminated together back in September. It just needs a bit of touching up and some texture adding now.


Getting touchy feely

Adding stone texture to the road tunnel portal

Adding stone texture

To bring the road tunnel portal to life, I’ve starting adding some stone texture. This is done with a thin mixture of Polyfilla and a small paint brush. It is quite a laborious process, but strangely therapeutic and the result is well worth the effort I think.

Stoned again

Road tunnel portal being reclad in laser cut stone

Recladding the road tunnel portal

The last time I showed you the road tunnel portal it looked like this…
Halfway through modelling the stone detail on the road tunnel portal

But, following the success of the rail tunnel portal, I decided it would be easier to laser cut the stone work for the road tunnel. The hand cut results weren’t great. I had already got a drawing for it and I just had to make a few minor adjustments for the laser cutting. Once cut, it was glued over the top of the stone work that I started by hand.

Boy, that was so much quicker and easier.

Test fitting the reclad tunnel

Got it together

Tunnel portal parts assembled

Making tunnel portals #3

All the laser cut parts for the tunnel portal have been glued together now. I just need to add a little texture and paint to it. There’s quite a bit of stone work on this layout to be done the same way. Wharf walls, retaining walls, bridge abutments, etc.

Tunnel beetle

Gluing the tunnel portal parts

Making tunnel portals #2

Finally got around to laser cutting all the other parts of the tunnel portal that I mentioned in Tom, Dick and Harry.

All the parts are engraved into, and cut of, thick card. I’m gluing them together with PVA glue and created this scary looking tunnel beetle in the process.

Laser cut tunnel portal parts

A touch above

Dales Peak tunnel portal being glued in place

Tunnelling below Dales Peak Quarry

Although not very prototypical, I make no apologies for setting two tunnels so close together and above each other. It’s the only practical way to get so much model railway into the space I’ve got.

Anyway, after a short family holiday, I’m back creating landscape at one end of the layout, while I’m waiting for track to glue at the other. As you can see, the tunnel portal below the Dales Peak Quarry is being fixed in place, along with pieces of MDF to form the floor of the quarry.

Got to wait for all that to glue now as well. Grrr

Tom, Dick and Harry

Laser cut tunnel portal

Making tunnel portals

There are three tunnels so far on Dales Peak and that reminded me of the Great Escape during World War II. They dug three tunnels to escape from the POW camp and named them Tom, Dick and Harry.

Anyway, I digress. The fact is, while I’m waiting for track to glue, I’ve started experimenting with the laser cutter to create some tunnel portals.

By testing various combinations of power and speed I was able to laser cut the dressed stone pattern into some thick card and then run a cutting path around it. Just got to cut the various other pieces to build up the different layers.