Archive for January, 2014

New incline takes shape…

January 28th, 2014

I’ve started on the new incline.  As you can see below I have used Woodland Scenics incline sets to create a 3% – 4% grade incline, which climbs over the track below.  The track below will go into a tunnel just before it goes underneath the flyover track. At the top of the grade will be a large LH turnout on one of the tracks which will lead across to a single-slip crossing on the other track, in turn leading to a yard.  I’ll post a revised trackplan later this week which will show where the track goes.

Here are a few photos showing the progress so far.  Since taking these photos I have laid all the track underlay on the incline and will start laying the track early next week – just waiting for the turnout and crossing to arrive.

Track laying on new boards begins

January 11th, 2014

I’ve started tracklaying on the new boards.  As you can see below, I have decided to add an exciting feature to relieve the boredom of the flat track on the rest of the layout.  There will be a 3% grade rising to about 2.5in, then going back down to normal track level again. This will enable one track to go under the other one, easing the radius needed on this end of the layout.  It will also enable me to run another track off behind the existing intermodal yard, at a height of 2.5in which will be the location of the new storage yard.  I have yet to start designing this section, but hopefully I will be able to have 3 or 4 storage tracks and perhaps even a loco yard.

Here is one end of the 3% grade.  The grade will level out where the second locomotive is and will run flat for a while, including a turnout (and possibly a crossing) which will run off to the storage yard on the right and will also include a small bridge which will go over the lower track.  The grade will then start descending back down to the board level on the left.  As you can see I am using the excellent Woodland Scenics gradient starters and risers – brilliant products…make adding a gradient so easy!

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The image below shows the lifting module (mechanism not added yet).  This will be a tricky one as it will include track at angles and also track at a gradient – should be an interesting project!

I hope to have the gradient in place in the next two weeks – just a bit more design work to do first!