With the layout project temporarily suspended whist awaiting on orders for Atlas code 55 track to arrive, more time has been spent at the work bench. The rebuild of my original GLV model of late 1980s vintage (the model that is) is nearing an end and a session of finishing is next. That will include windows, handrails, lighting, a decoder, interior detail (scant), couplings and other bits and bobs.
This single vehicle project is getting me back into Mk.1 EMU building and several projects sitting OMWB shelves look interesting once again!
Looking through my notes, I realised that the layout, which will have 205 linear feet of N scale mainline using LDEs from Montana Rail Link’s 4th Sub, has been over a year in planning. Good planning is critical to success and included getting the maximum amount of mainline into the scheme without a train passing through a scene more than once and working out how to squeeze in a part of the MRL 10th Sub from the junction at DeSmet into the plan when it looked as if the line would head straight into an aisle.
Also important was the width of the aisle between two baseboards. A good way to judge this is to set up a mock up and see if two people can navigate the proposed aisle width comfortably, allowing for the effects that the consumption of real ale can have on men in general.
Yup, that’s me, checking to see if a 40 inch aisle width will work. On the right is Platform 4a & 4b on temporary trestles whilst Dudley Heath Yard is on the left. This mock up exercise using my portable layouts proved to be very useful, providing a visual idea of how the new layout will occupy the space.
Calculating the height of the new layout was also important, the minimum level of the lowest level had to be sufficiently high to accommodate the portable layouts when stored in their transportation racks as seen in the picture above. All of these things together with a host of other issues, measurements and costs had to be decided upon before the first L-girder was assembled and the first leg cut. The floor of the cabin was covered with pieces of tape, with scribbled dimensions marking the position of bench work on them, for ages!