Well two weekends in a row mostly dedicated to the layout has got to be a record. The liftout section has been completed all bar the severing of the track & track formation. The electrics were completed & it was decided to ballast, weather & basically complete the section before allowing a few days to dry. Next weekend will reveal the success or otherwise of the project.
4917 was chosen to lead the first train through the section for testing purposes & a varied bunch of rollingstock was also assembled.
In the next couple of weeks I will attempt to include an updated plan of the layout & layout room so locations can be ascertained as work proceeds.
|The test train entering the "work site"|
|The moment of truth...|
To describe this location... To the right of shot ( on the opposite wall ) is the location of Fish River, the main station and yard on the layout. Behind the train is a 3m x 3m room that will house the branch line terminus that originates from Fish River. There will be a false backdrop on 3 walls in this room that will hide the main line ( the track in this shot ) as it travels through this room to reappear from a tunnel entrance which is to be built adjacent to the wall nib in this shot. The track will be in a cutting which will then give way to the liftout section that this train is about to cross... After the lift out section there is a further 9 metres of this wall and already built bench before the track then turns to eventually end up back at Fish River. I have not yet decided on a plan for this wall other than it will have a siding at the far end that will turn through 180 degrees at the end wall ( behind the photographer ) to service a cement plant and associated sidings which is to be built on a 6 metre x .7metre island bench that will run up the centre of the room.....All will be clearer when i post a plan...
|All good...No visible deflection!!!|
The test train has now reached the temporary terminus... the benchwork carries on for a further 9 metres beyond the liftout before turning left then 3metres further on turning left again to return to Fish River station...to the left of the photographer.