Update - Its almost 3 days since the BHMRC exhibition and I have had time to reflect upon Kyle in a boxfile and its future.
Many lessons have been learnt, the most important being not leaving things till last minute. It's always good to work to a deadline however I really suffered from losing almost a month as I tackled a new form of turnout construction. Examples of the time lost were reflected in: not getting a chance to build the station building, general weathering of the layout and rolling stock, reuse of N gauge rolling stock as opposed to building 2FS kits and thorough testing of the DG couplings (The magnets worked fine but some of the loops not so)
Even my Class 24 had been dutifully 'run in' for 30 mins in each direction as per Bachfar instructions, but at 02:30am the night before the exhibition, when I replaced the wheels with my 'drop in wheels' it ran like a dog...only then it occurred to me that I had read about something similiar in the 2FS mag recently about the need to thoroughly clean the wheels with solution and adjust the pick ups...and most of my kit was back in BCN
That said, I decided to run the layout with a reduced amount of rolling stock and thankfully 37417 performed admirably all day. I was able to work with the imposed limitations with the class 24 running on its original wheelsets and only allowed to enter the platform, collect and depart with its train, without having back to back problems negotiating the turnouts.
Despite putting a few photos and sketches along the front of my table (a ploy to keep small fingers at bay which seemed to work) I don't really think that most people realised that the layout had been flown in the day before, in two boxfiles...one for the scenic section and the other for the rolling stock - I think if I exhibited again, I would prepare a series of numbered photos showing the layout being unpacked and assembled.
And the future of KIAB...
For sure, some things need to be finished...the station building, lineside detailing, weathering etc...some things need to be replaced...the backscene etc...and some things need to be started...2FS rolling stock kits, detailing of locos etc.
I have enjoyed building this layout and putting aside my own inabilities with the turnout construction I have decided that I will be making another boxfile layout which will sit the other side of the fiddleyard and this will be of Thurso. I had previously made a mock up of this on RMWeb 3 but I have since changed and simplified it. The idea is that the fiddleyard will be remade to hold rolling stock for both stations centrally and whilst trains will not run through from one side to the other, it will allow activity on one end of the model and then alternate action to the other end so there is always something moving. Expect a new post and some sketches on this soon to elaborate
I shall also be working on Coombe Junction again soon, which took a back seat to Kyle, once I had to withdraw it from the GJLC.
Thank you all for your interest, advice and encouragement on this project - Pete
A few pics from my display last Saturday...