Pearl River Saloon – Painting and Finishing Phase

Painting and Finishing is so much fun. this is where we get to see the work come alive. Brian and Mark have primed everything and have some extreme painting to do…

Railroad Tie

Railroad Ties: Insanity has set in – we decided to paint everything as if our faces were pressed against the sign – here is a single railroad tie – only 47 to go!.

Brian used several layers and faux painting techniques to create the wood color, the steel of the rail bracket and the rust.

Terraine and Letter

Terrain and Rails: Once the ties were worked out it was on to the large terrain pieces, the rails and the letters. It’s really coming together!

train-first paint

The Engine: We knew from the beginning that this would be the most important element of the sign – the WOW factor. So after assembly Brian spent a considerable amount of time testing different finishes to come up with the perfect “black steel” look of the train.


After doing more intense painting techniques and aging the steel Brian began adding the little details to really make this engine come alive. Here you can see him adding brass and steel bars. Train-Painted

So here is engine #1 ready to go into final assembly.