First finished corner
The corner board I've been working on is now finished. Tomorrow it will have a plain sky coloured backscene added and will take up permanent residence in one corner of the layout. How to do the backdrop has been a bit of a challenge; it's such an iconic location with the ECML and Royal Border Bridge in the background I've either got to do it very realistically or not at all, and I feel it would look a bit odd with a mainline railway painted on the wall behind....especially if I painted it. Photo panorama is not an option unless someone can lend me a time travel machine to go back to 1960, so it's going to be pretty plain, with a few half-relief trees and a low relief factory end. I may faintly suggest the rooves and chimneys of a few distant industrial buildings lurking in the misty distance; that'll depend on whether I feel brave tomorrow.
So here's the finished bit:
Next I'm moving on to the other corner board which takes the Berwick branch round behind Tweed Dock and into the fiddleyard, via a 25' hidden run (accessible, don't panic) behind the buildings on the dockside. The board is made, so I just need to get on with the trackbuilding; my first go at 4mm EM gauge and I'm really enjoying the track construction, with C and L chairs and rail, walnut sleepers and stippled polyfilla ash ballast laid before the rails go down, which I find a lot easier than ballasting afterwards.
The track climbs towards Berwick, so I suppose you could say it's a case of "Onwards and Upwards", though perhaps better not to........