Happy Easter all,
Now I have a week off work I am hoping to snuck in a little modelling.
Still need to apply the second coat of paint to the fascia and add some white text which I will try to do this week.
As Phase I draws to a conclusion, my thoughts slowly start to drift to Phase II which is to try and get the layout working again....otherwise its a photo plank and straight onto rolling stock.
This afternoon, I managed to lash up connect my Pictroller and run a few tests...it suddenly dawned on me the layout hasn't been run for almost 5 years Make or break time...
I tentatively placed a class 25 (one of my few locos with turned down wheels) and it grunted and moved into the station rather awkwardly...a truly momentous moment given 4 years of neglect from its debut exhibition May 2010 (apart from cosmetic scenery work ) and the track hadn't been cleaned
At least it meant power was getting there so I dug out an old Peco track rubber (I know I know...) and buffed them rails.
The 25 now worked a lot smoother however there were a few coughs at the turnout in the station...that'll be fettling required then
Then followed some quick tests with a Dapol rtr 56 (from Paddock Wood) and the Dapol class 26...both of these are without turned down wheels and an old class 47 with 2mmFS wheels.
Overall, things moved around and surprisingly the Dapol locos made it through the turnouts most times, despite coughing...which was an encouragement to get the wheels turned down.
I took a quick couple of iPhone videos (avoiding the turnouts of course)...only short grabs but just to give a flavour:
In summary, I think there is potential to get it running again so once I have finished the tidying up of the fascia this week I will start the design of the new fiddle yard which will be a simple 4 track traverser I think. As much as I like cassettes I would like to have a break from them as I have too many painful memories from misaligned joints (I know that this can happen with traversers too) but folding box file layouts mean far too many joints
So hopefully I now have something to build upon...roll on that new Farish Large Logo class 37/4...a couple of those would be nice.
Now...back to those chocolate eggs...
EDIT: I should point out that the roof needs to be fixed back down on the station building hence the huge movement joints visible at the eaves...