Monday, 24 August 2015

More new track - Part 2

Continuing with the line at the back of the layout, the video shows how I am testing it as I build it up.

Click here to see the video.

Sunday, 23 August 2015

More new track

The plan here is to create a hidden track that runs at the back of the layout, so one train can disappear and a different one can reappear from the same area. I am also hoping to put a high level track over this hidden one. The hidden track connects to the siding without returning to the main line and will be hidden by a retaining wall created from a Scalescene kit.

I have a plan to make level crossing look more realistic which I will reveal later.

One of the Points is on the edge of the board so it will need a surface mounted point motor which I will hide in a lineside hut.

Not sure when I will be working on the model next as I am hoping the weather will improve so I can get out.

Friday, 21 August 2015

Adding the next extension.

I have decided where to extend the layout and have purchased two points to use for the extensions. First problem was removing ballasted track to fit a point. I was able to pull it up and fit the point but the level wasn't right and I have had to pack a few bits of cork in place to level up the track. I ran a few engines over it and although it is not perfect the trains will pass over it without falling off the track. Re-ballasting will come later as it's not my favourite task.

As this point is at the front of the layout I will be able to operate it manually, so no point motor is involved. Here is a picture of a train over the point.

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Help - what next

The more I look at the layout the more I realise I'm not making best use of the extra space available, so I am currently looking at alternative track plans which I could use without too much disruption in changing the layout. One plan involves an incline, so I am trying to construct one to see if locos will pull a load up it, or if it is too steep. Watch this space.