I haven't worked all that much on the layout lately. Usually, model railroad season is in high gear this time of year, but between work and indoor R/C racing season, I haven't had a lot of time for the train room. Here are a few shots of the paper mill progress.
The facia is still roungh and unpainted, the backdrop isn't up, and the ground is still pink foam, but the track is in and working and the buildings are in place to my satisfaction. Scenery to come soon.
I haven't been posting much as its the busy season at work, its hunting season, and there is still a ton of work to do to get the house ready for the winter. I have been poking along on the layout when I have time. It's mostly been wiring, which does not make for good pictures.
The track wiring is all in. The bus is strung and all feeders are dropped.
I have even started hanging some facia.
And a few shots of the bridge areas where I started applying some basic scenery.
It's been awhile since I last updated this blog. Real life, getting ready for cold weather, the start of winter R/C racing leagues, and my birthday have gotten in the way of posting, but have not stopped progress totally.
90% of the track is down now. Only a few sidings are left to be glued down. Mostly because I am out of the premade grade pieces that I use to transition from the higher roadbed of the main down to the sidings. It is time to start soldering rail joiners and feeders, a task I dread because of the pain of reaching and bending.
I have gotten a few pieces of the backdrop painted and up. It's 1/8 tempered hardboard.
This is the basic track plan that I will be building. I have gone with a narrower shelf than I had originally planned to allow the center of the room to remain open for flying micro helicopters and racing mini R/C cars this winter. This plan still gives me plenty of switching but, still leaves the rest of the room open for me to enjoy my other hobbies during the cold weather.
The room has finally progressed to the point where I can start to put brackets for benchwork. The lower deck will contain my On30 module and will eventually expand around the room. It is just right to be operated from my rolling desk chair.
The upper deck will be HO and I am tentatively building from this plan.
I also spent a bit of time at the bench doing some more detailing, including eye bolts on my GP7s and GP7rs.