by September 8th (yesterday)
The layout is back up, this time with the front facing the window and work bench so I can do scenic. The backscene is now installed- pics to follow, and I've put a few buildings out to see if my plan for Belgrave Terrace will work.
At the moment it doesn't, but looking at it again on Google Maps I think I've placed the first house (No.2) on the side with its back to the railway too near to the start of the street. Moving these down so the bungalow at No.10 is correctly opposite the end of Baxby Terrace will lengthen Belgrave Terrace a bit.
The problem is that it doesn't finish anywhere near the board join- too much "nothing" before the cricket field on the "country" board. I need to find about a foot length of extra Belgrave Terrace at the moment.
I've found a Ten Commandments wooden bungalow, which can sit as No.24 Belgrave Terrace (which is actually a house that was built after the layout is set). Looking at the plan view on Google earth the set-back bungalow at No.8 Belgrave Terrace is much smaller front-to-back than I'd thought and the Lyddle End bungalow I have that looks good is too deep. however it will fit at No.10, which is much nearer the front of the plot. The chance of anyone realising that No.10's back garden is too short is remote.
Overall the space problem is that end-to-end I've too much and front-to-back it is a bit tight in the station area. I can see a lot of moving stuff around to get a compromise that looks plausible.
Meanwhile an interesting day at TINGs today. I totally failed to see the Mercig stand, let alone the DJM Clayton thereupon. However I did get an additional J39 from Bachmann returns. Testing and chipping for that tomorrow. Also purchased replacement A3 and A4 buffers, two more gunpowder vans, and a wooden garage sitting in a dealer's s/h oddities tray, together with a couple of chips, one for the J39 amongst other acquisitions waiting commissioning..
I also got rid of five Westwater and Kirk Thompson coaches I rashly bought at a toyfair some 18 months ago and which Mr Simon had confirmed were nowhere near good enough. A certain Mr Allbright collects these and was happy to take them off my hands in exchange for a boxed Minitrix Gresley brake in maroon. Both parties happy as he'd paid a lot less for the Gresley than it was worth and thus got the Thompsons very cheaply, and the Minitrix would have cost me a lot more than I paid for the Thompsons if I'd gone to a dealer who knew what he was selling.
Now the question is, could I get away with a Dapol 142 railbus set in Tyneside yellow working the Richmond branch on Sunday afternoon at a show? That model really is too pretty to buy just for the showcase....
Time for bed as the cat is shouting for her second supper.