“Thanks for all your effort and time for sending out all the emails, it is really appreciated.
Getting started on the extension to my layout. I came in possession of a couple of O scale DC engines and cars. I decided I wanted a long run for these two trains. The layout picture shows the new extension in color.
The straight run is about 40 physical feet. Both ends of the U-shaped track will be populated. Each track is basically one big circle (inner and outer circles) so the trains can run independently.
The San Francisco style bridge is built exclusively from one eight-inch dowels. I saw a utube on building it and duplicated the process. I sent pictures of the building of the lift bridge a couple of months back, I never saw it posted.
One picture shows two micro switches that supply power to the four isolated tracks when the bridge is down. Thus, preventing the train from running off the end of the track when the bridge is up.
One end of the track is finished, for now. The upper level is houses and hotel, etc. the lower level is shops. The other end has a long way to go yet. Presently working on the green houses to be installed on one corner of the layout. All the buildings on this layout are from printouts from your store. Half way between the two bridges is a Battery factory, restaurant, and train station.
The tracks were weathered before being placed. They are held in place with screws through a tie, the foam board and the plywood underneath. The tracks were tested for a couple of hours before putting downs the ballast. Needless to say, I used a LOT of ballast.
Working on this is a very slow process as I have a couple of other hobbies (leather working (holsters) and cross stitch (of trains)) that take up my time. Even being retired I am busier and never have enough time for all I want to do. Does that sound familiar??
I do love an update!
A huge thanks to Lawrence – and here’s Lawrence’s last post (which he missed).
That’s all for this time, folks.
Please do keep ’em coming.
And if you want to stop dreaming and start doing, the Beginner’s Guide is here.