Monday 29 July 2013

Demolition Complete

Demolition of the D&H 2nd Sub is now complete.

In readiness for the new layout, the old layout needed to be demolished.
This week has seen the completion of the demolition work.

The D&H 2nd Sub is now a fallen flag.
The layout design was started back in early 2008 and took a few years to complete before it was placed in storage while we built our new home and the new shed.

It came out of storage in 2013 and the signalling work was completed in time for the 2013 N Australian N scale convention here in Melbourne. The layout was well received and I received many nice comments about the work I had done.

But alas, time moves on and the new 7.5m x 6m shed is calling to be filled with a new layout. Therefore the old D&H 2nd Sub had to go.

I completed the removal of all the electrical components last week.
Here are a few progress pictures.

Then it came time to start reclaiming the Atlas Code 55 track.

Her is the first piece of track being lifted.

Work continued at a fever pace and before long 4 modules had been completely demolished and all track recovered.
Then finally the main yard on the 5th module was started.

Then before long the final piece of track was removed.

Then the final module, like its 4 sisters was reduced to a pile of timber.

All that is left is the old staging yard that will be reused on the new layout as it is, all be it longer.

Now all the wire, track and parts are in the piles ready to be cleaned up and reused.


Good bye to the D&H 2nd Sub.. I learnt a few good lessons in the last 5 or so years that will be put to good use on the new layout.

Stay tuned for the next update on the progress of the new layout.

Monday 22 July 2013

Time for a new lease on life and a new name

Whats in a name?

With the commencement of the demolition of the old D&H it was time to also bring this blog up to date with the new name for the railroad.

The old layout was based around Oneonta, therefore is was on the 2nd sub of the D&H.

The new layout will be based around Whitehall in the north of New York State.
Whitehall is the dividing point between the 3rd and 4th subdivisions of the D&H, however I like the Champlain division the most and the layout will feature key scenes from the 4th Sub on Lake Champlain.

Therefore the new layout will be called. D&H 4th Sub Champlain Division.

And it was so..

The blog has been updated and away we go.!

New Layout Design:
In terms of layout plan, here is the current plan.

I'm getting closer and closer to locking it in..

This is the main level with industry names.

This is the staging level.

As you can see things are well progressed..
Now for Atlas to start making N scale Code 55 turnouts and flex track!..
I have enough to build the main line and all the staging (I think) with the use of some ME code 55 in the staging sections also.
Time will tell.
Stay tuned..

Demoltion time

Time to pull up stumps!.

Well, the time finally came this week when it was time to say good bye to Oneonta and the old D&H.

With the new plans well and truly on their way, it was time to start to disassemble the old layout.

First the signals were removed, the last train was packed up and then it was time to get stuck in.

Per the picture, there is a heap of wring and electronics under the layout so what better place to start.

I have not finished it yet, but the first 2 modules are all but devoid of electronics and wiring.

I will do the other 3 and then it will be time to get the sharp knife out and pull up the track for later use.

I will keep the blog updated with a few pics along the way of the old one..

Hopefully, before long the new layout will be under way.