So I haven't posted since April and this is due in a few weeks, so what? Sorry, everyone, the year got away from me, as I was afraid it might. But almost all my worries of the year are over, including going completely deaf and getting an implant (they turn it on tomorrow). I'm not allowed to lift or do anything strenuous for another week or so and I was doing some light cleaning when I came across this project tucked away. I know there probably isn't enough time for me to finish this (and certainly not doing it the way I wanted to), but hey, it's a challenge, right?
I dusted everything off, cleaned the track, ran the loco to make sure everything was still in good order and commenced to continue on Mt. Hooey. I pretty much have a clear idea in my head what I want to do with the loco and rolling stock, so I thought I'd better focus on everything else first. I spent a few hours today working on the pathway up the mountain;
I stole the bench and cover from my very first Gn15 layout attempt, which sadly was destroyed in a big move last year. Built a platform and then just built my way up using a mix of cut wood and twigs for that rustic, dangerous feel. It wound up being a series of steep ladders and another platform near the halfway mark. Then I started adding lots of support timber to the track for that nest feel I was looking for and also to distract from the artificial look of the mountain.
Last thing today was to start on the log supports for the upper platform.
So much to do and so little time! Well, I'm going to finish this one even if it's not done on time. Must try to get up early to squeeze some time in on this every day!