G,day….I have been checking through some of my old threads and as Gerry pointed out, a lot of links to my photo’s have been lost. So I thought that it might be appropriate to do a short summary of work done to date.
The room that I had allocated for my layout had in its former life been a parents retreat ( with 5 children that had been a necessity.) but now it’s been 5 years since the last left home. At that time we converted the flat down stairs to the main bedroom and the retreat was left empty.
Now this room was not suitable for a round the walls layout. 2 walls have windows, another has built in storage and a door, the last has a door leading to what is now the guest room. The other factor was that I did not really want to build a big layout, just something that I could just poke along with when the mood strikes. As regulars know it has been close onto 2 years since there has been much done here, but now that I have my 7.25 inch gauge loco running it’s time to do a bit more.
In a lot of magazine articles you see reference made of beginners getting a sheet of ply ( 8x4foot ) and building on that. Usually this is belittled by the author who is in the midst of building a “quarter acre, $200,000 Empire”. When thinking about it the thought struck me that this would be an ideal size. In the room I could walk all around it to operate all points and actions on the spot, scenery and track laying would be in easy reach, no excuse for not finishing buildings on all sides as this is how they would be viewed. Also I didn’t want to build something that had to be destroyed to remove it from the house when I eventually fall off the perch! This is something that I have no plans on doing anytime in the near future.
This photo shows the original plans drawn up on the sheet of plywood. This is as close as I have ever been to drawing plans of anything.
Next we have rough test of the levels that the track runs at. Radius on main lower track is 24 inches and on climbing branch line is 18 inches.
Next in line we have the L girder frame being constructed.
The last photo shows the ply being attached to the frame.
Because of the central ridge and buildings the track on the far side can not be seen, giving the impression of a much larger size.
I will post more on this if anyone is interested later in the week.
Contains images that anoraks may find disturbing.
1:24 scale 16.5mm gauge.
Yes I know it's all old and rusty, but I just model things as I see them......
Have a good one....John B.