Dick’s been back in touch.
If you want to get up to speed, his last post is here.
For anyone wondering about the size of the layout, it is 8′ long by 23.5′ by 16′ along the walls. Isles are 3′ wide.
Since my last entry, I have added an Oakland California division, so now there is representation of Chicago, Denver, Salt Lake City, and Oakland.
All areas are freelance so they may not have any resemblance to the 4 cities, this allows fair operations.some layout changes include adding a turntable in Chicago, and Denver, an EL in Chicago to help hide the mainline turns, and a very long legged wye between Salt Lake City and Oakland to turn passenger trains.
One journey around from any city and back now takes about 9 1/2 minutes plus time involved getting in and out of Oakland as it is stub ended there.
The upper level in the Oakland division is Union Pacific trackage, not realistic but this justifies my U P passenger train on the layout so it can run from Oakland straight to Chicgo and back, bypassing Salt Lake and Denver. I may even slip a Santa Fe passenger train in there once in a while.
I have added fascia board to the layout, switch controls will be installed on the narrow plastic boards on the fascia. Simple turnout diagrams will be put on the fascia.
The whole layout is operated by NCE DCC with four electrical divisions.
Also added backdrop board all around, temporarily in place at the moment, still need to add more board at the Oakland end.
All track operates well. The addition of the turntables and stall tracks need to be wired yet.
I’m chomping at the bit to get some scenery work in place along with backdrop scenes.
One thing I did that I would not do again, when I did all my wiring above board, it worked very well, saving tons of backaches and not having to be upside down underneath the layout trying to see what I am doing, but to save time I slipped thin cereal box cardstock underneath the track also to cover the wires. I should not have slipped any under the track. At the time it seemed okay being so thin, but it is still a thickness I don’t like under the track. It leaves mini rise and falls with sectional track to deal with.
That is it for now.
Thanks Al for all your labor of love holding this great online community together.
Be well and safe.
Hardin Mt USA”
A big thanks to Dick. As you all know, I do love an update.
That’s all for today folks.
Please do keep ’em coming.
And don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide is here if you want to take that first step to making your very own layout.