Last post from the Planning section to continue with the construction side.......
Some small works done to see what fits where. It seems (more by luck than judgment) I have enough rubber underlay left to do all the boards
All track is just loosely plonked for now
The main station/yard board
Everything without underlay will be scenic - buildings, roads, trees etc.
By dint of using all my spare points (medium & small) I can manage a 6 road fiddle yard with 1 reception road. The roads are relatively small but then so is the layout
The plain board are at the back of the fiddle yard will be used for such things as servicing locos, rolling road and general running (or in my case, limping) repairs
Track is now pinned down. I did have some small concern about joining the track at the joints between the 3 baseboards but, in the end, just laid track across them and cut with my trusty Xurons
Basic electrics have been accomplished with each board connected to the others via plug in choc block and feeds made with pre soldered rail joiners (told you I was keeping it simple
Baseboards are connected using 10mm bullet alignment dowels and sprung catches sourced from Station Road Baseboards http://www.stationroadbaseboards.co.uk/cart_dowels.htm
This afternoon I connected the 3 boards up on the lounge floor and (this will shock those who know me) I actually ran some trains
However, there was method in this particular form of madness in that I wanted to see if all ran OK over the rail gaps between the boards (yes
) and also to mark out positions for magnets as I intend to use Dapol Easi-Shunts. I'm not too bothered about delayed uncoupling, but it would be a Brucie Bonus if I can get 'em to work.
The entry line into the station is just long enough to hold a Sulzer Type 2 with 2 Mark 1's which enables the loco to detach, run round, and recouple. 2/3 coach green worms will obviously be OK.
Despite the track hardly being what could be termed 'clean', excellent slow running was obtained from my venerable Gaugemaster D with the aforesaid Type 2 and my Drewry 0-6-0 diesel shunter - which was nice.
I still have to source some form of height adjustable supports for the baseboards as, I have to admit, grovelling around on the lounge floor has not done my 14 week old hip much good. I will, of course, be improving the electrics a little and fitting point motors. The decision has swung back towards Seeps as the Cobalts are just too 'deep' in my opinion.
All buildings will be Metcalfe (platform, station, goods shed and loco shed) so as to retain the same scaling. I have yet to buy the new stone single road loco shed and still have no reply from Metcalfe if they will be releasing their goods shed in stone rather than brick.
More news as it comes off the teleprinter................................