No I've not been idle again, just wanted to wait until I had something substantial to show.
The problem with a model railway is that there are so many jobs need doing and prioritising is extremely difficult. However that being said, my grandchildren have been visiting the shed a lot and causing merry mayhem, partly because they are a little energetic and partly because there are things which are not completely nailed down. Namely the Control & point switches, and the main controllers. They have landed on the floor more than a few times no matter how careful I have been.
So with that in mind I decided to house everything within one unit and it will be clamped to the layout. Having lots of scrap wood in the shed from previous projects I decided that it would cost nothing to build a Control Panel from the bits I had lying around. The size of the pieces of scrap wood also dictated the dimensions of the Control Panel. I must admit I'm rather pleased with the results, it looks a bit retro and even though it's almost a metre in length it's not too imposing in the railway room.
Anyway here are the pics for your perusal. As you can see there are still parts to be completed but the modular style in which it is built will allow it to evolve or change completely in line with the layout.
The Basic Shell
Getting some Skin
Starting to Look The Part
Some Trim To Make It Look A Little More Attractive
An Alternate View !
I'm not planning DCC in the near future as I have too much stock to convert and I actually quite like this method of operation.
Hope you Like!