Hello All – I’m back.
Sorry for not posting anything for 6 months+. A lot has happened this year but I’m glad to say that the layout is now part of that.
Back in January we decided to put our house on the market. This meant that the layout and all associated paraphernalia was relegated to the shed as part of a major redecorating and de-cluttering exercise. But it was worth it as we sold our place really quickly and by the end of March we had relocated to East Devon. The next month or two was spent getting settled in, buying furniture and enjoying fishing on the beach.
Apart from the slower pace of life here, there is another advantage – being slap bang between Pecorama and Buffers (where I am something of a regular now). I think there is a saying that a railway modeller and his/her money are soon parted and this is true for me as I have now gone to the dark side in purchasing a Gaugemaster DCC01 setup. It was very easy to set up, just put power to all track sections. I only had one DCC loco though, the Peco Collet so I went out and purchased a SR Q1 and GW Hall. I also had 3 of my smaller locos chipped. They all run fantastically. My 86 year old father was so impressed, he bought a DCC unit when he came to stay with us.
The layout has had made progress but its a case of two steps forward and one back as I keep redoing areas that I am not happy with. I’ve built up the upper ‘town’ section and the three roads down from it, built the tunnels and completed some other terraforming jobs. I’m currently laying the roads using a quick setting plaster which is great to use. I’ve also been test wiring up point motors and signals to a dedicated PSU and CDU but am not yet completely confident enough to hard wire them into the board yet.
I’ll take some pictures and post up again, hopefully later on today or tomorrow. I also need to get busy with the camera as I have a load of N gauge locos to sell. Busy, busy.