It has been quite a while since my last post. Summers are always a slow time for railroad modeling. Other hobbies interfere. With winter approaching I decided to begin this years layout. In the past I have begun with a structure I built and just let the layout develope around it. This years stucture (see post "Cardstock is Best") is a station and water tank. Layout size was again determined by the demensions of the back of my car. The layout will be 54" wide, 28" deep and 32" high. This year I actually sketched a basic layout plan. I will of course deviate as nothing ever works as envisioned. Following the basic idea on my Strawberry Mountain layout I decided on two continuous loops. One on a upper level and one on a lower level. This provides more action for viewers at train meets and shows. The base is a 1"x3" wood frame with a 2" construction foam top.
Work began by laying the lower loop track and then adding 2" construction foam for the scenery base .
The first detail added was the bridge across the creek on the lower level.
Adding the track on the upper level meant a small bridge over the creek at the rear. The creek will run under this bridge over a water fall to the lower level and under the bridge to front of layout. The front of upper level track runs across a spindly steel trestle.
The trestle abutments are dry stacked stone.
There will also be stone retaining walls.
That is where I stand after the first couple weeks. I will continue with regular posts on the progress until all viewers are sufficiently bored.