Country End Rebuild

New points for the country end of the layout have been made from the reclaimed points:
and point motors added underneath:
The old track and points have been stripped from the country end of the layout:
Once the holes for the new points were cut (a messy job!), the area was sprayed with primer and the new points laid:
Unfortunately, a couple of point motors ended up across a strut, and an extension arm had to be installed to connect the motor to the point blade (on the right in this photo):

Goods Yard Rebuilt

Once all the points for the goods yard were made and fitted, it was time to rebuild the Goods Yard itself. The first job was to remove all the old track and ballast (the holes in the baseboard were for the old point motors):

New cork sheet was fitted, then sprayed to give a background colour:

The points were fitted first:

Then new (reclaimed) track fitted:

It was difficult getting the sleeper spacing right, so I made a crude jig from cardboard. This also helped when I was jointing lengths of track:

Once all the track was fitted, it had another quick paint spray, the after a cleanup, it was ready for use:

The buildings were also replaced:

And finally, the stock could be brought back:

The whole area will need finishing off, but that can wait until I’ve updated the track on the rest of the layout.


Point 21a

As time permits, I’ve been mounting and fitting points to the Goods Yard area. However, there was a problem with the last point to be made – the motor had to go where there was a strut and a bunch of wires under the layout.

So a bit of inventive thinking came up with this:

The motor drives the right hand side of the shiny copperclad bar, which pivots on the bolt in the middle, and the tie bar is driven via a pin on the left hand side.

So the left part will fit in a channel in the 9mm baseboard.

This is the top of the point, ready for installing in the layout:

You can see the pivot bolt; this will eventually be covered by ballast.

Tunnel Removed

In order to lay the next section of new track, the tunnel has had to be removed. This was a challenge as I couldn’t remember how it was fixed, but luckily, the appropriate screws under the baseboard were marked “Tunnel”…

This area hasn’t seen daylight for 5 years:

The tracks were then easy to remove:

Corner Points Fitted

The old corner points and associated track have been cleared:

Holes were cut in the baseboard, and the new points (see Corner Points Construction to see how they’re made) were then fitted:

To the right of this picture, you can see a short adaptor which has been temporarily installed to convert the new, finer scale, track to the old track:

And then finally, the associated track was fitted. This is glued down with a dilute Copydex mixture, which will hold the track in place prior to it being ballasted:

The old trackbed in the front of this picture will become a road.

Main Station Restored

The new tracks for the main station platforms have now been installed and the buildings put back:
The track will need ballasting, but that’s a job for another day:

The station is rather full of trains as the next bit of track to be updated is being lifted!

As a reminder, this was the view during reconstruction:
and with the platform tracks positioned, but not trimmed or glued down:

Corner Points

The Corner Points (61 & 62) have now been assembled from reclaimed handmade points and point motors fitted. These will go in the corner of the layout near the main station.

I’ve improved and simplified the assembly of these compared to the first station points. The first step is to cut and drill some 1.5mm thick black plasticard (this is used because it’s much the same thickness as the 1/16″ cork I use for the main track):

The hole on the left is for the point actuator wire, the holes on the right will provide electrical connections to the point itself. The plasticard is stuck underneath the point with contact adhesive, making sure all the holes line up!:

Like the previous points, a piece of 6mm plywood is stuck on the back of the plasticard, and the point motor screwed to this:

The other points use the same method, with the right hand points sharing one piece of plasticard:

After a coat of paint over the sleepers, the completed assembly is ready to be installed on the layout:

Main Station Points Replacement

Having built the first three points for the main station, it was time to remove all the old points and trackwork:

The points in this area had already been rearranged once, so the baseboard had a lot of large holes that needed covering!

These are the three points for the station, mounted on a plasticard base ready to fit on the layout:

The point motors are underneath:

After making even larger holes in the baseboard, the points were installed on the layout:

and then the connecting track:

I’m paying much more attention to getting reliable power to the track. You can just see the wires going down through small holes in the baseboard. This also shows the transition from the plastic sleepers of the track to the copperclad sleepers used for the points. It all looks a bit of a mess at the moment, but once it’s painted and ballasted, it should look fine.

The curve on the right is very tight, and it’s critical to get the track positioned so the longer coaches don’t hit anything!

This photo shows the platform track fitted, though not trimmed or glued down:

Once the track is glued in place, and some buffers fitted, the station can be reassembled and the layout will be operational again. At least until the next section gets upgraded!