Brian’s been in touch with the latest update to his shelf model railroad.
I thought that I was finished with everything and ready to landscape the rest of the layout, looked back to admire my workmanship when something came to my attention.
I was doing a bit of running trains (shunting) and delivering cars to their respective industries when a thought suddenly came to mind, how do I deliver a tank car to the oil refueling tank in the yard. I have one inbound/outbound track from the turntable and in this case, cannot deliver from the turntable.
Never mind he thinks, simple solution by adding a point and curving the track away from the turntable, called in the track gang and low and behold, a siding where I can make deliveries of Oil, Sand and other locomotive facility stuff.
Never to late to make a few small changes.
I will send a few photos later of the completed new section as soon as the backdrop dries and the strip lights added.
As they say, learn from your mistakes.
Photo below is the old track layout from the turntable.
This photo below shows the mistake of not being able to supply the facilities. Engine House tracks are not aligned with the turntable yet in these early photos.
The two photos below show the added point and adding a new section of track enabling deliveries to the facilities.
The two tracks now serve as inbound and outbound to and from the Engine house and service track on the side.
Problem solved and completed in two hours including mounting the point motor underneath and the control knob on the facia board.
Note to self, remove unwanted red wire before continuing.
(Photos are always very good at pointing out these problems – thats why I take a lot of them to make sure that I have not missed something, like adding sleepers in the gaps under the rail). Remembering that my layout is just below eye level and not easy to see this.
That’s all for now and all the best.
For a shelf model railroad, Brian really is packing everything in to it.
Can’t wait to see the next update (his last post is here by the way).
No one I’ve talked to on this side of the pond seems to know the answer to this question: Why do many European locomotives have long steel panels on either side of the boiler? What is/was their purpose?
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That’s all for today folks, please do keep ’em coming.
And if you think everyone else is having all the fun, the Beginner’s Guide is here.