Continuous run approx. 36’ x 18’ which incorporates a small goods yard together with a branch line into a bay platform, all being fed by a large fiddle yard. A new ‘main line’ engine shed is currently under construction together with the ongoing updating of scenic features. O gauge 7mm to the foot; 32mm track width.
It is now almost a year since our last write-up for the website and as they say, a lot can happen in twelve months in the modelling environment – but alas, a lot does not! Happily, we in O Gauge have been quite busy, and, if all goes well, we shall be even busier in the next twenty four!
We have made progress with the Motive Power Depot – the turntable is now up and turning – as if by magic – well via an electric motor actually, the tracks in the yard are all wired up and the point motors are being installed. The MPD is totally independent as far as electrics are concerned, to enable movements to be made whilst the continuous runs are being run.
The next tasks are to update the fiddle yard control panel to accept the MPD controls, lay the incline and track to the coaling stage and start the cosmetic featuring of the whole area – water cranes and fire devils together with yard lamps have started to appear already. The biggest task will be the ground cover and brickwork to the retaining walls.
With progress on the MPD well under way, we have now turned our thoughts to further ways of enhancing the layout. The accepted solution was to create an exhibition ‘branch terminus’ 20’ x 2’ plus an 8’ x 2’ cassette storage area. The main station area of this layout, which is on three of the four foot long boards would also be the terminus of the branch line off of the main layout, connected via a flyover across the fiddle yard area and a storage area which would be permanent fixture in the clubroom. The attached plan shows the proposed branch line (in it’s clubroom formation) in blue and the exhibition layout is shown below that.
Work is expected to start on the prototype baseboard in the near future and once we have ironed out any wrinkles, we will be off and running with a target of October 2008 – the Society’s exhibition, for a ‘work in progress’ showing.
Mike Cole January 2007
Showing the proposed branch with the standalone exhibition layout below,
minus the cassette storage which fit on left hand end.
Detail design of the baseboards followed and a prototype board has now been constructed and approved and we are now in the process of constructing the remaining scenic boards and the fixed adaptor section.
Mike Cole January 2008