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By Gavin, Jun 7 2015 07:37PM

Spent the day in the garden doing a test build of the layout and running. Still a few things to sort out before the show at the end of the month but feeling a lot happier this evening than I was on friday. Still having some problems with the track and the points so some more work to do on the electrics. I'm very pleased with the way the layout looks, from the end 16 feet of track just looks great and the trains really look like they are flowing through the scenery. The grass areas need another run over with the static grass and still have the goods yard to to complete

By Gavin, Jun 7 2015 06:41PM

Racing now to get ready for the modular show at the end of the month. A key task today was to check that with the scenery loaded onto the boards that they all still fitted together. Apart from one telegraph pole that was all good so very pleased. I'd spent some time in the planning to make sure everything would fit but the telepgraph posts and signals were the key risk items. You can see the newly added sides which were all painted as well to make the layout safe for the modular ware are tear.

By Gavin, Aug 3 2014 06:56PM


The station baseboards are now partially completed and the test set up in garden went ok. With an overall length of 16 feet this is double the length of my existing layouts. The original and potentially Plan A was to have two cassette based fiddle yards at each end, this is still a viable solution but I've been distracted by the Modular concept so fully engaged now in participating in the RM Web Moular Solution. For this i'm developing Plan B which will see the two Fiddle Yard boards replaced by Connetor/extendor boards which will connect the station and yard lines which are around 6' in from the edge with a central line at 9' on a 18' wide board. The cassette FY's would fit in the car but I think I would have struggled if they had been scenic so reducing the width to 18' will make fitting in the car somewhat easier and allow me to store the two coffins side by side . I retested the coffin today with the back and end scenes fittted and that looks good. I hope all my measurements work once the buildings are fitted as both baseboards locked together come in at under 18' high. I want to be able to store them when not using them so having the tight fit wil hopefully keep the dust out. I've marked up each end and drilled the holes and fitted the handles (not shown)

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