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entry 5 Jul 2018, 13:23
This weekend was about putting in the final infrastructure (as much as anything in this infernal hobby can be considered final tongue.gif ). In this case it is the rear "hidden" fiddle yard platform behind the background. Pretty straightforward - a few brackets and two long bits of pine. That provided the ledge. Then I had to tunnel into the structural pine supports at both ends to create entry and exit tunnels. The theory being that I am not only creating a yard, but also a hidden path for locos to run. They will run the full length of the layout, which should provide a real sense of an unknown train appearing out of nowhere once they arrive.

At the town (Chesterfield) end I am contructing an elevated piece of townscape that will sit above the tunnel entrance. Just provides a bit more interest and differing elevations, plus more efficient use of space. You can see the tunnel opening at the very back. I will add some red brick retaining wall to seal it off, and probably a footbridge between the two heights. I hope to leave it as a freestanding section so I can simply pick it up if required to salvage any derailments, There's also a long station platform yet to come in the centre of the tracks.



At the other village (Whaley Thorns) end it will be a simple tunnel entrance that just needs to be built up around the stone mouth. I haven't put the track base for the pit in yet, but likely to be two short rail sections there.



Then at the rear I will locate both my controller, plus a range of track layout, with one mainline running right the way along.



 
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