At the moment the cause is believed to be an unknown obstruction in West Tunnel.
Thursday, 4 June 2020
Monday, 25 May 2020
Wednesday, 13 May 2020
View of Platforms 2,3,4 and 5 of station looking towards Engine Shed.
View of all 5 platforms looking away from Engine Shed.
View of exit from Station towards bridge and tunnel.
View of back of layout showing sidings to Goods shed and Brewery.
Monday, 11 May 2020
In the other back corner I have also created a tunnel as before but not fully decided what to put on top at the moment. There is currently a factory entrance and a boilerhouse up there, I think some walls to mark out the factory yard would be good and some roadway outside and by the shops. The roadway also needs to go off the scene somewhere. In the lower part of the town we need a road from the level crossing at the back to the Station entrance and also a yard by the goods shed.
The brewery siding has been put back but at present it is being used as a coach store. I need to use the coaches to test the clearances in the tunnels, I don't want trains to get stuck in there, at the moment trains pass through ok. Things need to be fixed so it stays that way. Oh, and the drop out of the back door of the railway hotel is a bit far, so I may put some kind of yard behind it, one that can be easily removed if I need to access that part of the layout. At the moment I can reach everywhere on the layout quite easily, which was the original reason for the rebuild.
Remember, you can click on the pictures to see bigger versions.
Monday, 20 April 2020
remember you can click on the pictures to see bigger versions.
Sunday, 19 April 2020
Watch out for the fast diesel shunter.
The next step will be to bring the buildings back into the room and see where they can be fitted, the last bits of track can then be laid around the buildings.
Friday, 17 April 2020
Tuesday, 14 April 2020
Taking it apart was fun as I wasn't sure which bits were holding the other bits up
Now to reconstruct a baseboard with a space in the middle to make access easier.
It needed a couple of new legs for support but its nearly ready to use, I just need to design a layout to fit now.
I had better clear everything off the boards first, watch this space.
Thursday, 9 April 2020
I have decided the layout has too many issues to be continued with so I will be seeing if I can redesign it in a more accessible way, and with more action areas at the front. This may involve removing all the baseboards and rebuilding them, so that will be fun. I'm not sure which bits hold up which other bits at present, so anything could happen when I start dismantling it.
Anyway, below is the link to the video of the trains this week, just click on it to go to youtube, and make it full screen for better viewing.
Friday, 27 March 2020
Remember you can click on the pictures to see bigger versions. That connector is temporary by the way, I need to solder a proper wired connection between the tracks soon. Bye for now, more work to do.
Wednesday, 29 January 2020
The next step is to build a bit more on the ends which will slope down to rail level.
Tuesday, 14 January 2020
It does look quite good now it is finished but it required a lot of delicate work around the platform canopy, whch cannot be rushed. Here is the front (street side of the building with and without it's canopy.
The station platform has a roof but one of the panels has gone missing somewhere in the house (I blame the cat) so I've constructed a temporary one which can be replaced if the real part turns up. Here is the platform side, with and without the roof.
I just need to build some additional platform each side now to create a sensible length of station for the layout.
Tuesday, 7 January 2020
I should have a sheet A, B, C and D, but instead there are two sheet D in the kit and no Sheet B. I emailed Metcalfe, including the picture above and got a reply as soon as they opened after weekend. They apologised and stated they would send replacement part.
This arrived this morning (Tuesday) by first class post so I can now get on with the construction. I thought this was good service.