Friday night saw the ends of the Wickham trolley assembled and then Saturday saw the roof bent to shape and the parts soldered together. At the moment everything is just resting together but you get the general idea. The wires sticking out the front are to the motor.
The plan is to stick a DCC chip under the roof and run the four wires up the each of the corner posts, the power from the track up the rear posts and the drive back to the motor down the front ones. The seats were mighty fiddly but the effect of not having the trolley filled with mechanism is rather nice.
I also did a bit of drawing, followed by some laser cutting this lunchtime. The result is a prototype under baseboard turnout operating unit. The idea of the design is that the brass tubes stick up through the baseboard and have a wire attached to the switch blade threaded through them. The drawing needs a bit of fine tuning to get the holes a nice tight fit but the basic principle seems good and very easy to put together.
Let me know what you think..