Eric has been in touch again. And my word, he has been busy with this brand new layout (You can see Eric’s last post here).
“Well as I mentioned before I have started a new layout and renamed it Newdale.
The layout uses the same boards as before measuring approx 7*5 foot, it is modelled in N gauge and consists basically of two tracks with a separate goods line that is just a large oval.
The twin tracks run over three levels with just a couple of sidings a track at the front as I’ve done before.
Newdale is a small Yorkshire town with a small station on the rear wall on the top level. I haven’t included a running session at present but for information the engines take over a minute to traverse the whole track at regular speed, no points hidden this time so I am working them by hand and it also makes running smoother and more reliable over the rest of the tracks. As mentioned last time I am using 1/4 & 1/2 inch furniture foam rather than plaster this time and I am pleased with the results so far and it is easy to work with.
The helix is back in it’s usual place but raised so I can run tracks below. You will see the farm board that covers the helix has changed quite a lot. I hasten to add that all boards can be lifted to access tracks below as each boards electrics are to removable connectors below the boards. This time I have incorporated live working traffic lights and my belisha beacons. So far I have been working around 3 months and have over half the layout complete but still to be populated with vehicles and people.
You will note from the first pictures in the snapshot video that all my wiring is onboard in the centre of the layout so easy to connect all the wiring. The connectors I use on the boards are the pull apart type so easy to link and unlink and means a lot less crouching under the boards.
The film is all pictures from the start of the project up to present and has a running time of around 5 minutes. I like all my tools to hand when working so some of the pictures show more tools and bits and pieces than railway 🙂
Keep up the good work Al, we all appreciate it.
What I like about Eric’s posts is that they show everything – warts and all – when the layout is taking shape. And that’s what it’s all about, not worrying about the mess!
That’s all this time folks because I’m pushed for time.
Thanks for all the kind comments about the store. I shall add the rest of the buildings as soon as I can.
And don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide if you’re tired of watching from the outside. Come and join the fun.
Keep ’em coming.