Joe’s been in touch with part 2 of his model railroad story.
But first, I have some good news and some bad news.
The good news is the site is now on a secure server – if you look at the address bar, you’ll see the little padlock that shows this.
This was something that really needed to happen, and it made sense to do it when I moved server.
But it also brings me to the bad news.
I know a lot of you save my emails, but unfortunately the links will not work in those now because of the secure server. You’ll just get bounced to the home page.
It’s annoying, but as far as I know, there is nothing I can about this. Sorry everyone.
All the links in any new mails will work fine.
Now on to Joe:
If you missed his first missive, it’s here.
My story part ll.
I finally completed my total rewiring for DCC. I have simplified the wiring by eliminated 3 quarters of all former wires for blocks, power, etc. I should have done this a long time ago.
My best tool for wiring, is my home made lounge chair on wheels so you don’t break your back while wiring.
I added a 52” x 13” lower yard as shown to my existing 4’ x 8’ layout. Before and after the completion. Added, engine house, signal tower, freight station, water tower, “I Havitt” Sand/Gravel Company and “Nutty Slack Coal and Coke Merchant”.
I Havitt” Sand/Gravel company
“Nutty Slack Coal and Coke merchant”.
Small passenger station
Box van Willey
When you have a large Passenger station, you need a car park. So you build one.
Added an ESSO petrol station but needed employees! So some were hired and are doing a great job.
Needed some road repairs due the over use of traffic on the tunnel road.
Began construction of a new mountain, using cardboard strips hot melded together, applied Hydrocal plaster, Sculptamold and painted an earth tone. I then molded rock formations with Hydrocal and painted them, hopefully made them look realistic.
The mountain was completed by adding handmade pine and oak trees, foliage, rock formations and a Sheppard’s house with sheep and horse.
The next stage, part three, I am finishing the above High Street layout. When completed it will drop in to the opening next to the base of the mountain. It will include” Just Plug” lighting for all buildings and street lights. For the first attempt ever, I plan to construct a pond using “Realistic Water” from Woodland Scenics.
In order to control my DCC system, I purchased an MRC Prodigy Express DCC System. Also purchased, two Hornby locomotives; “Mallard” LNER Class A4 with sound and DCC fitted LNER 0-6-0T , Class J 83.
A huge thanks to Joe.
It’s such a pleasure seeing a layout grow and the personal touches being added. I loved it – Part 1 is here if you missed it.
And I thought his lounge chair on wheels whas a brilliant idea.
That’s all today folks. Leave a comment below if you’d like to share your thoughts.
Please do keep ’em coming and don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide is here if you want to take that first step with your layout.