Weathering buildings

Weathering buildings
and lineside structures

TIM SHACKLETON shows how restraint and careful observation are the key to convincing weathering.

BUILDINGS everything weather else around like the railway – in fact, I’m tempted to say, more than anything else. Standing in the open air, unprotected from the elements, they are subject to everything the weather and the environment can throw at them. You only need look at the outside of your home to realise how much everything is affected by rain, wind, heat and cold. Next time you’re on a railway station, see for yourself how it works. Strong sunlight quickly fades colours, damp climates make everything turn green in winter and on top of this there are the ongoing effects of material degeneration, from flaking paint to crumbling brickwork and absent pointing.

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