It was really an enjoyable trip and we even survived the Victorian winter. As I have said previously I am using this blog as a virtual diary, one that had recorded the history of South Coast rail both in its HO and now On30 stages.
With the baseboards in place at Broadwater it was time to start laying some track. I am using the Peco O16.5 track which really suits British narrow gauge. The Micro Engineering tracks sleepers are more suited to American narrow gauge and we are stuck here in the middle modelling Victorian narrow gauge with no commercial track that really suits. Maybe we should all gang up on Peco and ask them to introduce some VR narrow gauge track. I know that you can hand lay track but to do that for the layout in entirety would require me to live to 140 years old and I probably wouldn't be able to see or hold a throttle by then. Never mind getting the wheel chair in through the door!.
|Off the trestle and into Broadwater|
There will be a road crossing at the beginning of the board as shown by the black paper in the left hand photo.
The siding to the right of the picture will contain a livestock loading facility and be long enough for two VR NM livestock wagons.
As I said in the last blog it would be easy to run the track parallel to the edge but I think the gentle curve in the track gives it more appeal.
I don't use any underlay in station yards, preferring to nail the track straight to the boards. Narrow gauge track was never renown for their ballasted track. This will allow me to use dirt directly around the track and surrounding yard. (Looks like another trip out to the street. I have found if I go around the corner I can get another type of dirt for variation.
|Tools of track laying. (Ignore the fencing wire pliers)|
|Left hand side of Broadwater|
|Entrance to Broadwater from the trestle end|
|This will all work one day|
|Looking the other direction|
How lucky can you be though. I was working on the Broadwater baseboard, heard a whistle and found a loco and log wagons heading over the trestle.
It brought my day to a fitting Climax!! I'll sneak a few photos in.