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Track Bedded Down

I have made a decision based upon the size of the board and my wanting it to look reasonably realistic and not have to resort to using Set Track, to just have a plain oval with one siding, very much akin to Kelmscott & Langford on the Fairford branch which was my original inspiration for the layout.

Due to the nature of construction of this board, e.g. Sundeala, I wanted to use cork to create a track bed and stop the water/PVA ballasting mix just soaking straight into the board. The challenge was how to get the cork cut to exactly the pattern of the track. To get around this I firstly laid a sheet of lining wallpaper over the board before trimming it to size.

Lining paper on Sundeala

Lining paper on Sundeala

Then I pinned out the track using drawing pins until I was happy with the layout.

Test fitting track

Test fitting track

Then I drew around the track allowing for the extra width of the cork before cutting the track template out.

Template for trackwork

Template for track work

This handily left the template for inside of the track which I plan on using shortly, but more of that later. Next I used the track template to cut the cork which was then stuck down with Bostik Contact Adhesive.

Cork Track Bed Glued Down

Cork Track Bed Glued Down

I will be setting the platforms on cork too to ensure they are the correct height.

Next job will be to fix the track back down, wire it up and test run a variety of locos and rolling stock.

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Posted by on November 27, 2014 in Podbury small DC layout


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4’x2′ Rural DC Test layout

4’x2′ Rural DC Test layout

Having recently bought a new place, not only is a lot of my spare time taken up renovating and restoring seemingly every room and their period features, but my DCC layout has been stored to prevent damage whilst walls and ceilings are rebuilt, parquet floors laid and plaster coving fitted. My schedule for a spare room extension or railway outbuilding keeps slipping back. Then add into this the frustration of not being able to model for ages and I have reached the point where something was required to give me a modelling / loco running fix.

Planning permission was applied for and gracious approved by the domestic authority for a small 4’ x 2’ portable layout which could sit out the way when not being worked upon and did not require any special room to be made available for it.

The theme for this will be to try some new things plus as I do not have a test bed for running in locos before chipping them it will be DC. New things being included are:

Sundela baseboard
Electrofrog points
Peco PL10E/PL15 switched points
Working signals
Mimic board
Daler board

The layout itself will be very simple; a single oval of a rural/village type with a passing loop storage siding at the rear obscured by a rising landscape, single platform set on a passing loop and a single siding with livestock/simple goods facilities. It’s kind of inspired by Kelmscott & Langford on the Fairford branch only with the station passing loop to enable a touch more operational interest. Building and scenery will be inspired and based upon places in my area.

The baseboard was constructed at the weekend using 70x20mm PSE:


4x2 Sundela baseboard

4×2 Sundela baseboard

Name wise, I am thinking of something like Podbury or Podmore.

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Posted by on November 11, 2014 in Podbury small DC layout


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