Wednesday, 16 March
Good day today. We survived the return trip from the latest medical excursion and all went well with that. The house is still here and we got the home fires burning. Snuggly warm now. Also, I got to stop at Home Depot on the way home and got... paint and primer for models (spray stuff), pink foam for terra forming, spackling compound for terra forming and 3 pieces of masonite hard board for the back scene work. During the trip, I also got 10 large (20 inches by 30 inches by 1/16th inch) sheets of stuff called Taskboard. It is a type of chip board/cardboard stuff and should be formable when wet. That should be fun to mess with too. The Taskboard is normally over 5 bucks a sheet, but the store was closing it out at $.98 per sheet! Hooah!
My lady and I also decided that the Two Foot Line needs a curved bridge at the Great Divide crossing. So, now I am planning that too. The sawmill will need to get cracking and produce LOTS of lumber for that one.
Oh, the humanity... No pictures... too much devastation!
I've installed the second expansion to the layout and it isn't even half built yet! The first expansion was built into the original construction project. This one will support the new Two Foot Line curve that goes over the Great Divide. Track has been ripped up, foam strata lies in ruin and wood is powdered all over the floor. My battery saw and vacuum cleaner batteries died about the same time my batteries died. I'm digesting lunch now and then the final push for the finish will happen. After the cleanup, I'll have pictures.
OK, in the interest of an open press, here they are. Viewer discretion advised!
The expansion is 12"x 24" and sits on six long screws that stick out of the surrounding benchwork. Slots in the frame of the expansion allow it to be lifted straight up.
So, we tested the newly 'laid' line by allowing a runaway log car to leave the mill site with no brakeman or brakes! http://youtu.be/NxrYZkKbBZE
Please ignore the elephant at the end of the video. He is attempting takeoff...
And, in further developments, an old alabaster mine AND a gypsum mine were discovered during excavations for the new line. It is yet to be determined if they are safe to resume mining in or if they will be sealed. Use of the nearest tunnel will require a fairly large trestle be built.