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Yard fencing added & other updates

December 30th, 2008

I’ve installed the yard fencing on one of the intermodal boards, along with some basic weathering around the loco storage shed, ie. oil spills around the oil tank and fuel hoses and oil stains on the tracks.

This view shows the newly installed fencing at the yard track entrance, showing the fencing and the gates:

This view shows the loco shed with some of the weathering and another view of the fencing & gates:

I have also added the Mi-Jack lanes on the second intermodal board, and will be installing the fencing on this board later today.

Here is a shot of one of the Mi-Jacks and the newly added lanes:

I have started with the trees for the farm scene- this I will finish off on the weekend as I need to pick up some supplies from Model Junction as I ran out of scenery cement and realised I need a few more highway overpasses to finish off the farm scene, plus as usual I ran out of white paint, needed to paint the windows of my barn!! Plus I am short of 4 yard lights!! Note to self…next time OVER-ESTIMATE supplies needed! Extras can always be used at a later stage or sold on Ebay…

Last night I put together a list of things still to do on the layout, and realised I had completely forgotten about wiring the tortoise motors to the DAC10 point controller! Doh! I also still need to add the two block detectors to the end boards…

On Monday I will be putting the whole layout together (one of the intermodal boards is out to give access to the garden!), clean the track and give it a run to make sure it all still works…! My task then will be to add the layout plan to Railroad & Co. and to set up a display panel to check that all the point motors and block detection work as expected and to set up a basic automation plan for the show.

Right, time for a cup of hot coffee (it is freezing out in the conservatory!) and then on with the work!

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Intermodal Yard paving installation progressing well

April 28th, 2008

I’m almost halfway through the intermodal yard paving on the first board. I have also been test fitting the loco storage track details – the loco shed with refueling, water and sand facilities as well as an old BN hopper to be used for sand storage for the sanding tower.

Latest photos are on the scenery progress page. I’ll be hopefully finishing the paving on the first board tonight – this bit is the trickiest as all the tracks here are curved…the second board will be easier as the tracks are all straight, so a lot easier to install.

To keep things simple I am not installing paving between the yard tracks – there are quite a few intermodal yards like this, so I will take advantage of that 🙂

Right, off to feed the cat, dinner for me then back to work on the modules!

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