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Started work on the first of two baseboards for "Buffers Lock". This board is 4.5 feet by 2 feet. Using now well tried 6 mm birch plywood for sides/cross-members hot glued in place and 12 mm for face pieces (two 6 mm sections glued together). Note the dowels for alignment and fixed T-nuts for thumbscrews for attaching back-scene/board covers easily. The construction is strengthened using glass-fibre tape glued in place with builders' PVA along all internal wood interfaces.

 

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The Big Reveal! The two baseboards have been constructed and track has been pinned down. This series of photos outlines the track-work and approximate position of the buildings assembled previously. Also see the photographic back-scene selected - atmospheric of high Summer in GWR days of steam... The track design has a run-around loop at the station with a forward head-shunt, a siding across a double-slip (a great space-saver) which provides two lines to the Goods Shed as well as a trailing head-shunt to the Cattle-dock. Plenty of scope for passenger and goods stock movements. The design allows for a fiddle-yard at each end of the layout: one is a Traverser and the other a Train Turntable (more of these anon).

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I am developing two three-way 4 foot fiddle-yards: one is a Traverser and the other a Train Turntable. They can each be fitted either end of the layout. Attached a few photos of the Turntable the first one prior to assembly:

 

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A couple of photos of the Traverser fiddle-yard which can fit either end of the scenic boards. It was developed using the same techniques as the main boards except it is inverted to provide a frame for the the three drawer sliders which carry the tracks.

 

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With both the Traverser and Turntable fiddle-yard wiring complete, attention turned to wiring the first of two scenic boards for DCC including 4 point motors. All tested and working perfectly now. Lamps and building lighting are provided for by separate DC connectors.

 

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Platforms rescued  from disposal have been adapted for use on "Buffers Lock". The main platform straddles two base-boards and a goods platform is fitted next to the Goods Shed. Buildings shown roughly where they will be on completion although they will be removable for transport purposes.

 

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