03 July 2020
Do you have what it takes to create realistic-looking track? If so, this weathering round should challenge your observational skills of patina and grime on the railway.

Round Five of the See it/Make it Challenge sees us head for the paints and weathering powders. Track is an important feature on model railways and railway dioramas, but do we always give it the attention to detail it deserves?

Now's your chance, and in this latest installment of the challenge, we'd like to see your best efforts at track weathering. From the oily deposits, soot, ash and cinders of the steam era, to brake dust, spilt oil and grease of the diesel era, we'd like to see it all.

See it make it challenge round five track weathering

A subtle mixture of aged wood, rust, brake dust and grease on the track beneath Mk. 1 BTK 34562 at Highley on May 30, 1994. Not the easiest of shades to blend on a model...

See it make it challenge round five track weathering

Looking along a rake of stock at Bridgnorth on May 1, 1994, deposits of oil on the track can be seen where locomotives are momentarily halted in the station.

Let's see your weathered track. We'll take into consideration its location (shed, siding, main line, branch line or station) too, as not all track weathers in the same manner. One lucky entrant who we feel has produced the most realistic looking section of track will be sent this model of Hornby (R3804) 4900 Class, No. 5972 Hogwarts Castle locomotive in Harry Potter livery and packaging, worth £109.99!

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See it make it challenge round five Hornby Hogwarts castle harry potter

The rules:

- Modelling in any scale is welcomed

- Track can be weathered to represent a main line, branch line, station, depot or anywhere else you might deem 'of interest'.

- Any form of weathering is permitted. We welcome innovation!

- Submit a few photographs and a description of your entry to us by midnight, Sunday July 26 to [email protected]

Best of luck and we hope you enjoy the challenge!