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.
The Goods Shed needed a new platform, so the project for this week has been to construct one:
A new goods shed and office has been built for the goods yard, replacing the old “Metcalfe” shed.
I’ll probably add an outside platform on the left hand edge of the shed in due course.
Finally, the halt platforms and surrounding area has been (largely) finished.
A couple of lamps have been added to the platforms.
Looking at this photos, I really must get around to finishing the backscenes on the wall properly!
After that, the next task will be the level crossing…
It was too cold to do gardening this weekend, so, finally, the halt station platforms were rebuilt.
The waiting shelters were ‘recycled’ from the previous station. As you can see, the surrounding area will need finishing off.
Very gradually, the track from the halt to the country end of the layout has been ballasted.
The area in front of the warehouses also needed a bit of tidying up (there used to be a short siding there). This will need a bit of weathering at some stage to match the new and old!
Some more grass was also needed in front of the houses by the country station:
The canal area has also been tidied up:
The tracks from the halt to the tunnel have now been ballasted:
The adjacent wall has now been capped (which helps to hide the damage to the top of the wall that has occurred over the years!):
The next job will be to replace the backscenes along this section…
Finally, after what seems like ages, all the new track has been laid, positioned properly and glued to the baseboards.
The curve at this end of the platforms was quite critical to get right, and the signal you see on the left had to be moved out so nothing hit it…
This will all need ballasting in due course.
The village has been tidied up but more will need to be done once the level crossing is finished and the platforms rebuilt.
The tracks from the halt to the country end of the layout have now been positioned and fixed. Ballasting and tidying up the adjacent scenery will be done in due course!
It’s nice to have the railway back to a functional state again.