Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Layout Name - Burghmire?

Construction of the fiddle yard is progressing slowly. The design is quite complex. I am proceeding cautiously!

The image below shows the deck more or less complete. The ends are complete and shown in the image, but are so far unattached. The deck will be trimmed to match the swing of the sector plate before I add the sides.

The fiddle yard design is extravagant for a Diamond Jubilee Layout Competition entry. I am taking a long term view though. It could be useful for other layouts in the future.

I have recently procrastinated over a name for the layout. Expectant mothers will be familiar with the problem. There will be too many detail differences for me to use the name 'Wantage'. Finding a unique and original name has been challenging.  I require something that conjures up impressions of a dark, unpleasant and mysterious place. Wargamers, bloggers, awkward entries in the 'Urban Dictionary' and users of  Twitter or Facebook have pre-claimed many of my otherwise perfect ideas. Thomas Hardy has probably used most of the rest.

For the present, I have settled on the name 'Burghmire'. This brings up no matches in my search queries. It also allows reasonable ambiguity over the precise location.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Fiddle Yard Idea

I had not previously contemplated what form the hidden sidings should take. This unexpectedly became clear in a momentary daydream. The concept was tested to my satisfaction in Templot, as shown in the diagram.

Out of necessity, trains will not be very long. This design should suit the layout admirably.

There remains the question of what facility to provide at the other extreme. Inconsequential for the moment though.

Saturday, 13 January 2018

PCB Galore!

PCB sleepers and turnout timbers have been added. I placed small offcuts of PCB sheet where the track will cross the baseboard edges. PCB components were used because I am modelling typical early 20th Century light railway track with flat-bottomed rails.

Incidentally, the turnout timbers are labelled as 'turnout sleepering' on the S1-025 packet. Turnouts have timbers; only plain track has sleepers, I thought?

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

A Baseboard and a Track Base

Moving quickly on, the baseboard for the scenic section of the layout has been constructed. I largely used old plywood offcuts for this. Next, I printed out a scale copy of the track plan. This was stuck to 2mm MDF. I removed the surplus bits, leaving just the outline of the trackbed. I then glued this to the baseboard.

Having used odd scraps, the baseboard looks a little uncouth at the moment. All will be hidden by a facia and scenery in due course though. The important thing for the moment is that the board is flat, square and rigid.

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

2mm Scale Association Diamond Jubilee Layout Competition Entry

My entry for the 2mm Scale Association's Diamond Jubilee Layout Competition will be vaguely based on Wantage. This was the town terminus of the erstwhile Wantage Tramway. It neatly fits the maximum size allowed under the rules for the scenic area.

The curves on the real thing were very tight. I have come up with a reasonable approximation in Templot, using a minimum radius of around 2ft. This make it more believable for running larger locos and rolling stock than those which actually ran on the real Wantage Tramway. I have also extended the track slightly on the left, beyond the scenic area to make operation a little easier. Here is the result.