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 The last one was withdrawn in 1990.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The through road has been replaced by a parking area for the houses and shops.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.
Due to changes at the village by the halt, the signal box has been relocated to the country station:
The area between the cottages and railway have now been finished with grass and hedges:
The area around the tunnel has also been tidied up:
This end of the railway is now starting to look quite finished, though more work will be needed in the section between the cottages and canal:
The cottages with back doors now have small yards:
The section between the yard and the railway still needs some work though!
As I couldn’t decide what sort of backscene would look right by the country station, I modified the
Terraced Cottage design to make them into low relief cottages. The first two have back doors, and will eventually have small back gardens:
The rest of the row back directly onto the railway: