Here's a welcome to my new project which I eluded to on my recent Kyle blog entry. I say new, but actually it's an idea that first surfaced in 2009 whilst I was building Kyle in a box file. It was based upon building a similiar small extract from the prototype but centred on Thurso with the idea it could be attached to the other end of the Fiddleyard. Whilst the trains would not physically run through as they were two different lines, there would be overlaps with rolling stock that could work with both and the two layouts together would double the amount of movements at an exhibition. The idea was sketched and even a small white card mock up made for a box file before I decided to scrap it, possibly due to its appearance of too much track in a short space.
Here's the original thoughts first posted on RMWeb 2009...
The idea resurfaced last weekend whilst exhibiting Kyle. There is something very compelling about these Scottish lines, especially in the BR blue period and Thurso like Wick has one of those delightful train sheds at the end of the platform in addition to some freight interest.
At first I thought I would unplug Kyle and clip Thurso on to the Fiddle yard which meant reuse of this element including the lighting, however after preparing 3 options as sketches, I decided that the third option is the most interesting albeit not the most straightforward option. It involves removing the bay platform and allowing the viewer to see across the platform rather than facing onto it as per Kyle. The run-a-round loop will be included as well as a single siding in front of the goods shed which will be modelled in slight relief in front of the back scene. The entry to the fiddleyard will be masked by the over bridge which will include some grassed banking.
A front fascia board will be formed to include integral lighting and the idea is to cut a letterbox slot allowing a view into the train shed and possibly a view at the end either through another opening or left open as per Kyle as per these initial sketches...
It will be first built as a standalone layout which will connect onto the existing slightly modified fiddle yard so it can have its own life however it can later form a combined composition with Kyle which is why I will work to the same constraints of depth and height. It will also be DCC operation with possibly sound too as I think it's time to start embracing the future Would mean rewiring Kyle too no doubt...but little by little.
As mentioned in my recent post whilst I thought I would restart my Coombe Junction - Moorswater layout, the latest planning was leading it to be a 4.5m linear layout if I wanted to do it properly and I just don't have the time, space or money for that at present. It's as much as managing my own expectations too and taking on something small but hopefully interesting that will keep me enthused as well as hopefully producing something exhibitable without the need for van hire!
Incidentally, this blog is called Thurso 722 as during my research I noted from a caption in a Thurso picture in a John Vaughan retrospective on class 37's, that Thurso is 722 miles from London...which is where the layout is being built
As always, comments welcome.