Main Station Forecourt Improvements

When it’s cool enough, I’ve found odd moments to tidy up the area around the station forecourt.

There is now a road crossing across the narrow gauge track, and the section to the left of the crossing is now finished.

But as you can see, still more work to do at the front of the station.

The shops and houses in the left of this picture will also be rebuilt when time allows.

 

 

Narrow Gauge Track Changes

One minor disadvantage of the New Narrow Gauge Loco is that it is a lot longer than the old locos (and has more wheels) and some of the curves in the track were too sharp for it.

So the Narrow Gauge track by the station has now had to move:

I was never very happy with this section, so this is an opportunity to redo it from scratch…

The Narrow Gauge track in the tunnels and the “hidden” loop in the store also needed a bit of easing for the larger loco:

However, the loco now runs well around the loop. There is still other related scenic finishing off to be done (as always!).

Point 14 Revised

Point 14 (which used to be Point 51) is the only point on the Narrow Gauge track, and until today was the only one still driven by a solenoid type point motor.

With some trimming, I’ve managed to fit the same type of point motor that’s used on the rest of the layout. This was an interesting challenge as there is limited accessibility under this part of the layout!


You can just see the thick wire heading to the underside of the layout; it’s this that moves the point.

New Narrow Gauge Loco

Finally, after a wait of nearly 5 years, I’ve been able to buy a sensible ready to run loco for the narrow gauge track. This is a Bachman Baldwin, or more precisely, a “Baldwin Class 10-12-D 4-6-0T in Welsh Highland Railway Black”.


It’s the correct scale for a narrow gauge loco, but looks very small compared to the standard gauge wagons behind.

It’s also a bit bigger than my previous narrow gauge locos, so there will need to be a bit of track adjustment to come…

New Houses

More new houses have been built to complete the Halt Village rebuild. Again, these are made using laser printed sheets, cardboard and glue.



This area will need some finishing off, and chimneys have yet to be added to these buildings, but at least the basics are now done.


Next job will be to sort out the level crossing and the roads.

Track Tracer

I needed to accurately measure the edges for new platforms for our club model railway layout, so I updated my earlier design of track tracer:
The lower wooden block is grooved so that it accurately tracks the rail line; the pencil lead (with a weight on top to provide pressure) draws a line on the plasticard in order to cut it to match the track.

These are the platforms constructed using the tracer:
Each platform is around nine feet long and split over three boards. The platform edges are commercially available plastic mouldings.