A few years ago when Allen McClelland was working on his yard, he looked down at the pine bark mulch he had, and realized it was a good looking strata for sedimentary rock. He started rooting through looking for good pieces and found some sections that would work excellently.
He saws them in half to get smaller pieces, soaks them in water for a few minutes to prep them. With a thick plaster, he applies it to areas where he wants to apply the pine bark. He works the pieces into the plaster and comes back in with a pallet knife and blends it in so it looks like a part of the scene. Once dry, he stains the plaster an earth color and sprinkles earth, debris and foliage.
Allen Keller asks him where he sees the hobby going in the future. With computers, Allen wonders if railroads will just be modeled with a computer simulation. Although Allen is moving out of his house, he wants to stay active in the hobby. He will have a workshop and continue to do some modeling, finishing locomotives, and helping others who are modeling the Virginian and Ohio. He will also try to attend train shows and conventions.
Allen’s son and grandson are involved in the layout. His ten year old grandson Brady already has his own railroad, the Milkawkee and Ohio with interchanges with the V&O. Mike Brestel, NMRA President, Curtis Marshall and John Roberts leave some parting words for Allen McClelland in a heartwarming end to this video.
Watch more from Allen Keller’s Great Model Railroads series from the Model Railroad Academy archives.