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 Posted: Sat Feb 4th, 2012 03:40 pm
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I know how to make scenery, hills, trees, grass, etc. for an indoor layout. But what materials do I use for permanence on an outdoor G gauge line that is elevated 3 feet above the ground? I am specifically thinking of a grass like ground cover that will withstand the temperature range here in Connecticut - snow, sleet, rain, ice covering the layout, hot sun beating down, high humidity, etc. Temperature range from 0 to 100 degrees. Anybody have any suggestions? Aside from using AstroTurf, that is. Thanks, Stephen :old dude:



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 Posted: Sat Feb 4th, 2012 08:23 pm
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Real grass?



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 Posted: Sat Feb 4th, 2012 09:33 pm
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Use whatever you want and cover the layout in bad weather. This has worked for me for several years now.

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Thanks for your comments guys. I appreciate it. However I should have been a bit more explicit in describing my intentions.

First this layout will be usable in the winter. I expect to be running snow plows through it Yes, standing there in the snow during a blizzard and running a snow plow through Gorgeous Gorge is my ideal of model railroading. Hey, that is as close as I'll ever get to a winter sport. Don't discourage me.

Secondly, I am making the layout in five foot long modules and I intend for each section to be removable to be set up elsewhere in Connecticut and New York. Both indoors and outdoors.  Thus I do not want anything organic on my garden railroad. :shocked: That does sound strange, doesn't it? 
Also, since these modules will be transportable I want to make them as lightweight as possible. I figure on covering all the foam with ultra lightweight fiberglass. Then adhering the grass to that.
Thanks for following all this.
Stephen



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Some of the carpet stores carry  indoor / outdoor 'grass carpet' that does not look to bad.  It looks like the 'grass' that some 'Put Put' type of golf places use.  There are several colors and textures.

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artificial turf would work the putting green stuff is short it will stay green for ever if you can locate a landscape company that installs it you might be able to get leftover pieces cheap or free you can piece it togather and it will be almost imposible to see the seam



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I have a question. I wonder what would happen if I sprinkle the grass we use on the indoor layouts onto wet fiberglass. It will stick to that and maybe look like grass and hopefully survive a few winters. Any comments? L:
I'll experiment with that when the weather gets warmer. I'll also look for some artificial turf and the like.
Thank all of you for your ideas.
Stephen



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