2010 was not a good year for me, and consequently not a good year for my modelling. This time last year I returned to work part-time, which was built up to full time over 3 months. Then I was put in a position where I had no choice but to resign. In my line of work this meant not only losing my job, but losing my home aswell. So Mrs 65243 and I needed to find a new home and then move. I also needed to find a new job - a task that I haven't completed yet, although I have been doing agency wo
So today I got the power - and other tools out and bashed some fiddle yard boards together. It aint pretty, but it just might work. It's dark outside now, so photos will have to wait until the next dry day - it could be some time. Next on my list is getting track in the fiddle yards, then turnout operation and wiring. I might be able to play trains - errrr I mean operate my railway - in the not too distant future.
There is progress - at the pace of a geriatric snail. With all those brick buildings, it could take a while. I also have to decide how to control the points - I'm not fond of the thwack that you get with solenoid point motors, and in my experience they play hell with solder joints. More procrastinating called for I think
In order to get the trains off-scene, I needed to make some escape hatches in the sides of the winebox. Out came the power tools, and with some work and some luck I made the right sized holes in the right places. (Woodwork is not something I'm good at). Feeling pleased with myself, I took some photos through the new openings. Apologies for the depth of field problems - I need to get the camera manual out and work out how to overcome these.
First - a view from the front-right hole.
Having laid out a number of bits and pieces in my wine box to see if I liked it, I then went on holiday for a week - Mallorca if you insist on knowing. On my return I took another look at the proposed layout and decided that, with one or two adjustments, I still like it. Normally at this stage I would set off and build the track, but I don't need to do that as it's being recycled from an abandoned project. So, instead I've begun making the buildings that this layout will need.
I have in my
Layout in a wine box
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Out for a walk a few weeks ago I came across this wine box just lying around. It made me think of all the boxfile layouts on here, so of course, I picked it up
A little work with a jig-saw (first time I'd used it in anger) and a couple of hinges later:
I've since cut the screws back - don't want any accidents.