The layout is now in its final stages of construction. For the past two years it has endured cardboard mock-ups for the windows which seperate each of the scenes. Now that the scenery is all but complete, I've finally been able to determine the exact size required for the windows and replace them. Here is an overall view of the layout without its windows, now moved to a corner of the spare bedroom....
The window boards were cut from 4mm ply and just slot into place along the front of the layout, so they can easily be removed for better access to the inside. The 'mouseholes' give the operator sight-lines for checking points and sector plate.
Pressing the Pause button
In the introductory post, 10 months ago, it was explained that the main purpose of the blog was to give me the impetus to get on with the layout (which was wallowing in the doldrums at the time). Having committed myself to writing an update each month, I then felt obliged to make continuing visible progress. The plan seems to have worked, as I'm sure the layout would not have got to this stage by now without that pressure. There are still a few outstanding jobs (the most notable being replacement of the couplings), but none that really deserve a blog post of their own. For that reason I'll no longer be updating this blog on a regular basis, though I might add the occasional post if anything significant happens.
The 'daily goods' will still continue to be operated, while I move on to other, unrelated, construction projects. However I've not finished with the Tweedale theme yet, and will likely return to it in the not too distant future, at which time the blog will no doubt be resurrected.
I'd like to thank all who have taken an interest in the project, especially those who have posted comments and 'likes'. They've been much appreciated.
I'll leave you with final shots of each of the four scenes.
Best wishes, Alan.