After a bit of time bubbling under the surface in the Prototypes area, and after a few "you really should start a thread" comments....here goes nothing!
The layout is based on Glasgow Queen Street station in 1988. We've decided to pin down the year as it lets us get away with lots of first gen units withdrawn in either 1988 or 1989 (104s, 120s etc) alongside the more common prototypes, as well as being the final year of 37/4 dominated workings on the WHL....and also it was the year I was born!
After a few months of research, downloading and scrutinising far too many photos under a magnifying glass, it was time to get the track pins out. The fiddleyards are 're-heated' from a previous uncompleted layout hence the different types of sleepers, being once the up and down WCML respectively!
This is the view from above the entrance to Cowlairs Tunnel, showing the fan of trackwork along with a few services in the platforms. All track is Peco Code 100 and has been laid with the help of aireal photos from the period....which is quite tough considering how much of the track layout is covered by canopy and bridges in real life! The intention is to use Fulgrex point motors on the front of the layout with the fiddle yards remaining hand operated.
A photo of the layout in it's entirity....As said before, the fiddle yards are ex-Roundy Roundy hence the partially ignored markings for tracklaying . The third radius curves 'inside' Cowlairs tunnel are only laid temporarily at the moment to allow a brief playing session - these will be fully covered when the layout is complete.
I'm sure Chris will be along to say a few more words on the layouts construction soon enough, but for now here's a few more pics that hopefully give a feel for what we're trying to achieve....
Edited by DavidM, 29 September 2011 - 16:01 .