Time to share my Progress on the layout continuing on from my thread on the old RM Web.
For any readers who had not passed by the thread, that was started in Feb 2009 I will briefly re-introduce Vale of Oxbury.
Set in the Western Region, early 1960??™s, a freelance design inspired by the track layout at South Brent, Devon but located in my mind in the Wilts, Oxon / Berks area. So, plenty of Swindon Work??™s finest products from Kings to Westerns. Souhern visitors welcome from nearby as I have a soft spot for their loco's as well!
The layout is 12 ft by 4ft built on 3 Boards from Birch Ply, supplied by Brilliant Baseboards, it will be exhibited at an height of 4 Ft 6???. Code 55 Peco Track, DCC control throughout. Double track Main line, Branch line, small yard with Goods & Engine Shed with Turntable. Rail served Dairy. 8 track Fiddle Yard to store 16 trains.
Having wired in the DCC Track Bus I was able to run trains on both up and down lines, only 1 Snag to address, the Branch line exit track from the double slip has a short! A problem yet to be resolved so, I may be asking for help later!
The left end baseboard with the tunnel now has the topography 90% complete, it was time consuming but, strangely satisfying to hand carve the Kingspan Insulation foam board.
Main focus over the last 2 months has been the centre board, I was able to negotiate with SWMBO to have the board in the house, I now work in our rarely used Dining room! Winter modelling in a cold garage no more, fingers crossed.
DCC trickery has continued, I have installed Team Digital SMD82 Point decoders, I was amazed that I got all 8 Seep PM1??™s to work from the unit 1st time, from my NCE Powercab. I have yet to attempt route settings, just changing 1 at a time for now.
The platforms have been built using Peco Brick edging with plasticard surface. When the buildings are placed, it??™s starting to look like a real railway at last.
Having planned the roads on the layout, they have been laid using Hardboard; the road under-bridge has been scratch-built using Ratio brick sheets and cut down Peco steel girders.
Will be to finish the roads on the centre board, fit the Motorised Peco Turntable that is currently being modified by Andy at DCC Supplies to be fully DCC controlled and fix the short on the slip!!
A couple of pics to show progress, taken with a flash so a bit underexposed at the back. As always feedback and suggestions appreciated.
Edited by carlwooduk, 03 December 2016 - 19:09 .