and some shots of locos that didn't quite make it...here's 87's body:
and some more shots here: http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=rhyd&w=16967289%40N02
and here: http://campbell-modelrailway.fotopic.net/c1911735.html
see you in the new year!
After a considerable time last night playing with the hidden sidings I have come to the conclusion that traversers will not be reliable enough for exhibition running. Aligning 6 lots of tracks up reliably with <1mm gaps is proving very troublesome and the extra strong magnets are not strong enough to align the tracks vertically, although they do a great job horizontally. Also the magnets as currently designed wouldn’t let the widest stock through, so a redesign would be necessary anyway, probably meaning the removal of one track from each 6 track traverser and realigning all the other roads further apart. ouch.
Thus, with just days to go until expoNG, a change of direction has been enacted:
I will exhibit Rhyd Ddu as a continuous run with a set of marshalling yards at the rear, one central hidden sidings if you like, rather than two traversers. This requires the construction of two new boards, 6 foot long each (which avoids the silly 2 foot square board and means the siding points will all be contained on one board). I’ve got all the legs I need and most of the wire so today I’ll start the woodwork and the track and points will be ordered soon (probably second hand N gauge stuff as it’s cheaper and it doesn’t matter when out of view).
The new layout of the layout will look something like this quickly drawn example…
Boards a and b will eventually become scenic. c is the new marshalling yard and d exists already.
Here the pipework for the other side of 87 is coming together – ejector added with associated ‘U’ pipework etc and steam pipes into the smokebox.
It seems that the WHHR have opened a secret extension to Glaslyn Junction using dual gauge track (2' and 4’) and borrowed rolling stock from the WHR. The first train enters the station hauled by 'Gelert' and comprising modern Romanian-built coach 2060. Also seen partly painted in Vale of Ffestiniog.
Actually, this was just test running 'Gelert' having done some work on the chassis.
In other news K1 continues to make good progress and two Col. Stephens era FR carrs have had their white details and wooden droplights added.