Remember this: Ken’s step by step?
Well, it’s a fair few months ago now, and Pete has been kind enough to post the below update!
My layout part 2
Hi there, when I last wrote I left off at this point and was preparing to move. The move happened. First the house hold items, then locating and renting a place for the layout. Took 2 months and then another 2 weeks of dismantling, moving and reassembling.
So from here till now I have been hard at work. Here you see the beginning of the road at the mine, tunnel portals, and the beginning of the turntable. The red push buttons are for controlling the turnouts. Also learned another lesson, paint the interior of the tunnels before you finish the out side, or in my case put them together. Also here is the plastering technique I came up with, drywall compound and clothes dryer sheets, first step.
In the next picture you see the upper level that runs completely around the layout, and the ascending and descending tracks, to and from the main lower level and the upper main line level. The layout measures 13 feet by 14 feet , the upper tack is 8 inches above the bench, so a good climb both ways. Here still working out the rest of the layout track plan.
This is the view looking at the other corner, also showing the main 3 levels of track, the uppermost level, 8 inches above the deck, at this point double track, the next level down , 4 inches above the deck, is the track coming from the mine, through a tunnel at the mine then over a trestle and then through another tunnel, then the lower level can be seen, on the deck.
Here you see the mine track as it will cross the main line and enter the yard where the cars will be left for delivery by other crews from the interchange. Also the beginning of laying out the main yard track. The diamond crossing was tricky, especially since it is located directly over a separation line and the layout has yet to be moved to new location.
Another lesson learned, got the mine train here and then thought, how do I turn the loco around for the return trip, I thought I have all this area under the upper tracks why not do a reversing loop, sure why not. It took many try’s to get this far, including laying it out full size on the floor. Finally, end result, and works as planned, or thought or something. Would have been much easier to have done the loop first, but at least I thought of it before the scenery went in.
A big thanks to Ken! Made me think just how long good layouts really take…
Please keep ’em coming.