The country station has been revised, with a new platform and station area, complete with steps.
The platform has been built using the same method as used for the main station platform rebuild (see
New Main Platforms for details).
The revised arrangement has allowed the front of the station office to be finally visible.
I build a smaller warehouse as one of the first attempts to improve the canal basin area, but it wasn’t right there .
Rather than bin it, it’s now in the goods yard by the main station.
I was pleased with the results of the canal basin rebuilding, but the area the other side of the warehouse left much to be desired!
In the end, the best solution seemed to be to build yet another low relief warehouse to fill the space.
There will be a buffer stop at the end of that siding as soon as Ebay deliver!
I was never fully happy with the canal basin, so have spent the last week or two redesigning and rebuilding the entire area.
This is the area with no buildings:
A low relief warehouse and a new custom warehouse with an angled tunnel through it has been built. In this photo, the platform hasn’t been finished:
This is the platform finished off, with some lights in the main warehouse:
On the other side of the main warehouse, the far siding has been cut back, and more low relief warehouses have been added:
This is an overall view of the area:
As with all these things, there is still much to be done, but at least the core stuff is now place.
The new canal hill has now been painted and installed on the layout. See
Canal Hill Version 3 for construction photos.
First job was to add a base layer of grass:
Then an initial layer of scatter was added:
This is the space on the layout where the hill will go:
And this is the layout with the hill installed and finished (for now):
The adjacent track has also been tidied up and weathered.
Time for the third rebuild of the hill by the canal…
This is made of insulation board stuck on a cardboard base (see
Making a grass mound for the method used).
The left hand section will be rocks based on a local(ish) sandstone outcrop:
So far, it has been painted with white emulsion. The separate section will go on the wall behind the canal:
This is a closeup of the rock section:
For reference, these are the previous attempts:
Polystyrene (never finished)
Wooden base with plaster overlay
It’s been a while since I bought any new trains for the railway, but this one caught my eye (and was on special offer!):
For the railway minded, it’s a Class 128 DPU (Diesel Parcels Unit). There were never many of these made, but they were used in many different regions. The last one was withdrawn in 1990. Unfortunately, none survive in preservation.
The frog on the one point on the 009 (Narrow Gauge) track has never been very reliable electrically. I was going to replace the point, but it would have been a lot of work…
So after a bit of experimentation, I added a small electronic board (Frog Juicer) that automatically sets the frog part of the point to the correct state.
It only needed one more wire adding to the layout (and unless you know where it is, you’ll never see it), and the point is now very reliable in operation.
The controller for the layout lighting has been changed to provide variable intensity lights:
The small village by the halt has been rearranged to make the (future) backscene more practical.
The through road has been replaced by a parking area for the houses and shops.
More work will be needed to finish this area off.