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.