I’m taking a break from my main layout (Kimbolted) in order to put together a smaller portable layout which, hopefully, I can get to a standard suitable for another NGF meet up.
The idea is to learn/hone any skills and to try out various different methods of ballasting, point operation, building construction etc such that I can transfer the knowledge to the large layout when I am happy with the end results. Having some spare wood/sundeala/code 55 track & points, the intention is to create 3 baseboards each 3ft x 1½ft that I can fit in the back of my Ford Siesta.Board 1
A simple ladder fiddle yard, so no image worth showingBoard 2
A scenic board with a single track winding over an embankment with road bridges both over and under - the road leading to the station on the 3rd board. I have not really got to grips with SCARM properly so this is all I have at present
……. Board 3
The main board with station, goods shed/yard to the right and loco shed to the left……………..
Although drawn out in set track, all trackwork will be code 55 streamline
I am keeping the track plan as simple as possible as the intention is to practice kit building and scenery construction methods in the main. Unfortunately I can’t seem to open the ‘Objects’ file in SCARM to add buildings/platform.
The layout, due to the rolling stock I have, is set in a fictitious location on the borders of the LMR and ER in the transition era (but mainly small diesels and DMU’s so is tentatively named ‘Bletchford
’. It will be analogue operated and I intend to try out Cobalt motors for the points.
Currently I have MR and ER green DMU’s (101 and 108 2-3 car), Sulzer/Brush/BRCW Type 2 locos but could have the odd visit of EE Type 1/EE Type 3/Brush Type 4.Progress so far
I have constructed the fiddle yard and main station boards from timber covered with 9mm sundeala. More timber will be purchased for the scenic board which will be of open construction, and bullet dowels and spring latches have been ordered from Station Road Baseboards for accurate (?) alignment. Hopefully I will also have enough spare 1.5mm rubber underlay from Kimbolted to use on Bletchford.
As things become constructed I will post updates in that section along with full details of successes/failures.
Thank you for reading this.