Good evening all,
Decided to skip Ally Pally this year as have a few shows coming up and thought I would put in a shift at home...which also allows me to go off piste to do some modelling
Research has been continuing on the project and firstly many thanks to Argos of this Parish who has provided a lot of new information about the line and history. I also posted a thread on typical rolling stock to Oban and this has heralded some great leads too.
A couple of small tasks for the mock up were undertaken including adding a new fascia to the base of the water as well as the top to frame the view/conceal the lighting.
In addition, one of the things I realised from the information received was that the siding closest to the hotel was in fact a loop...so to increase operational interest I think I will extend this to the fiddle yard so a train can pull in and wait...or perhaps leave a few wagons.
I think I will make the signal cabin which can just be seen in a cheeky photo taken of the Ian Futers book which shows top left the original image which caught my idea for this layout proposal.
The sketchbook has also taken a beating this week between meetings and journeys to work. Ideas on how to create the water (using a technique told to me by some nice chaps doing a demo stand next to me at the Steyning show) so as to create some depth to the loch.
I have also looked at the fascias and realised that the main scenic board needs its own return ends (as opposed to using the fiddle yard ends) so that I can curve the backscene at both ends.
Finally an alternative tweak to the track plan by splaying the line to the centre to try and capture some of the curve at the end of the station. The jury is still out on this as it may reduce some of the water at the front and I am not so convinced about this.
Following on from the train formation information received I dug out some of my old N gauge stock to represent an oil train - excuse the crass weathering which was done when I was a teenager This will be redone of course. The 27 has been posed as I have sent both my 37’s to Kevin at Coastal DCC to see if he can take a look at them and solve the problems experienced recently. Am also trying to gauge whether I can include a mixed freight composed of Railfreight wagons...must admit I always liked that livery
A few more photos of the mock-up. It is crude enough to allow me to add/subtract, hack and chop it about - the key is to not be too precious. Time spent in foamboard is cheaper than when the timber has been cut...
As always, comments welcomed...