Monday, 20 April 2020

Now what?

Well we have finished the station additional platform and a run round loop, and apart from a slight issue with variable track levels to sort out it all works ok. So I have brought all the buildings back into the room to see where i am going to fit them. at the moments I have the brewery, a factory, the goods shed, and a number of houses and shops. so here they are in what might be the permanent home. (or it might not, after a second look tomorrow.)

remember you can click on the pictures to see bigger versions.

Sunday, 19 April 2020

Another day forward and we now have two running lines functioning.

I have been busy all day today and now have two lines completed and have started on the extra sidings around the station area at the front of the board. I am quite pleased with the progress as I can see a number of areas where models can go apart from the main running lines. Access to all areas with the hole in the centre of the layout is now much easier. A brief video of the trains running can be seen by clicking the link.

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

A bit more progress and some testing.

Moving on from the other day I now have a baseboard I can get around and have laid a few bits of track. I will plan the layout to fit the board.

Testing the first bit of track.(Click the link)

Tuesday, 14 April 2020

A transition - goodbye unfinished layout, start of a new one.

I didn't like the last layout I had started to construct. although it overcame one of the shortfalls of the original 6x4 layout it had a few new problems of its own. Access was no easier and the drop down sections were not easy to manage so trains did not derail. So it had to go.

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

Testing a few loco's before the layout goes

It has been a while since some of my Locos were out, so I thought I'd run a few on the existing layout while it is still intact.

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.

Bob's layout April 2020