Wikipedia Commons - Andreas Steinhoff
Those who have been following the Liphook & District MRC blog here, will be aware of the ongoing construction of our latest layout; an H0 offering inspired by Berlin Friedrichstrasse. I say inspired by, as it will not be a slavish copy of the station and its surrounding area, more of an impression. Its setting will be the 1950s and 60s, and it will include S-Bahn tracks as well as a tram line.
More details on the layout construction thus far can be found on the blog, but to get us up-to-date, this is what we have been up to...
The layout is a circular design, covering an area of 8' x 16'. The construction, which started in May 2013, began with the fiddle yard boards...
The fiddle yards are quite narrow - only 1'6" in width - but are designed to be modular to fit with with any future club developments. The boards are covered by a thin layer of foam to help reduce noise.
The tracks are accessed by PECO three-way points.
Following the track laying on the fiddle yard boards, the main layout boards were fitted.
The scenic section is on a viaduct, so raised sections had to be added...
...with the outer track circuit added shortly afterwards.
Some very basic scenic work was added at this stage. There will be a river crossing the board, which has been added to the boards, as well as the superstructure of the road bridge, that will run behind the railway bridge.
So this brings us pretty much up-to-date with the progress of Friedrichstrasse. We have been at it for just over a year now, with the target of having trains running by the end of this year.