Monday, 1 May 2017

Upper Level Main Line Complete

Upper level main line and upper staging complete

Over the weekend, I managed to complete the install of the main line and upper staging track work. Then I installed the 6 x MP1 turnout machines and powered them up. Then track power was completed along the main line and all through staging.

The upper staging has the same design and number of tracks as the lower staging, however, it has longer holding tracks than the lower staging. The train length is limited by the passing sidings on the main line around the layout to 2 loco's and 18 x 50ft cars plus a caboose. The 50 car train I have in the pictures can be stored on either of 2 loop tracks in upper and lower staging for then the need for a nice long train arises.

Here are some pictures of a 50 car train rolling over the new main line.

Now to make a start on some passing sidings in the towns to then enable me to open the shed for the guys to come and sample the new D&H..

Stay tuned..

Friday, 14 April 2017

Peninsula Wall Install

Let there be a wall..

Over the last week I managed to paint the 6 sheets of 3mm MDF ready for the wall install.

Then over the weekend I managed to complete the centre peninsula wall install.
This now makes a huge difference in the look of the room.

Here are the progress pictures.

There is some touch up painting and fixing of one of the joints to be completed, however, all in all, I am pleased with the end result.

Now for more lights for the towns on the peninsula and then valance for the lights.

Stay tuned..

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Upper deck build complete

Timber work almost done

This weekend I managed to complete the upper deck build.
This includes all the structure and ply deck from the top of the helix to the upper staging.

Included in this section is a lift out bridge across the door way and a 2% grade up to upper staging.

All the cork was laid in the upper staging section before I installed the ply main deck to make the installation of the track easier.

Here are some more pictures showing the room now.

Now to paint the lift out bridge and then get stuck into the centre peninsula backboard / dividing all.

Stay tuned for the next update.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Track work and upper deck

Lower main line install and upper deck.

A fair bit of work has been completed over the last month or so.
I have managed to install the entire main line for the lower deck and power the track and power the turnouts for MP1 switch machines.

I have not yet completed the towns or yards, just the main line.

Here are a few progress pictures of the main line. A train can now travel from lower staging, up onto the main or lower deck, then travel around the room and up through the helix to the upper deck.

As part of the lower main deck, I needed to build a drop bridge across the door way. In order to maintain good track work, I made the sections of track that cross the joins on the bridge.

See the progress pictures.

I have also installed the frame work for the upper deck ready for the ply wood.
The ply wood is cut and now painted ready for install.

Now to wait for the paint to dry and then I will cut the ply for the upper staging yard. Then once cut and painted, I will get cracking on the ply for the upper deck. The upper deck will be at 1600 mm from the floor. there will not be any towns or switching at this level. The trains will just run by through scenery at eye level.

Stay tuned..