Sixteen months again since the last update but at least this time we have made considerable
progress on the layout. Our most recent update on the layout stated that we had completed
Level 0 and would progress the electronics before moving on.
Change of plan and perhaps a bit better organised we have progressed the layout building and will tackle the construction of electronics during the winter months when it really is too cold to venture into the railway room and work.
Having started again in the Spring of 2003 we started on the construction of the level
changers along the back of the layout - Level 0 to 4 and Level 4 to 8. Starting against the
wall, we created the Outer Level 4 to 8 and working inwards via the Level 0 to 4, the
Level 4 section that runs to the Level 4 terminus and finally to the Inner Level 4 to 8.
Having reached this stage we then constructed the Level 8 boards from the top of the level changers round the front corner and along the front of the layout for the Level 8 through station (over the top of the Level 4 hidden lines) and finally the boards for the Level 8 dumbbell. Baseboards completed we went back to tracklaying and laid in all the Level 8 track from the top of the level changers, round the front corner, along the front Level 8 through station and completed the dumbbell.
Track feed power has been installed every 2 yards of track and then left to hang below to be connected
up later; all point motors have been installed as we progressed and then tested, again wires left
hanging for now awaiting the construction and installation of the electronics.
That only leaves the construction of the Level 4 terminus which will come much later once the
bulk of the scenic work has been completed on the main layout.
We will be uploading photographs during this month and here are The photgraphs.
We have mentioned in previous reports that we do spend time demonstrating Microsoft Train Simulator at Model Railway Exhibitions. If you do visit exhibitions, why not come along and have a chat to us. Click Here and then click on the Diary to see where we are demonstrating in your area. We'd love to see you and chat Model Railways just as much as chatting about Train Simulation.
Finally, we mentioned in the last report that the elderly gentleman in our midst had built his own model railway in his garage, well we now have a link to his web page showing the thoughts and plans (and changes of plan TeeHee) and photographs of his layout. For anybody having an interest in the Class 08 shunter (Gronk) then there are nearly 100 photographs on his site. Jims site can be visited by clicking here.