It has been quite a while since the last post back on the 13th November last year. You should go back and refresh and read this entry and this sets out all the proposals for the layout, now comes the practical part where the tools come out and a start can be made.
The baseboards will be built using 70mm x 20mm pine for the framework and 7mm ply for the top. As with the plan a start was made on baseboard No.1. This baseboard combined with baseboard No. 2 will contain the loco depot and an island passenger station. There are limitations on the size of the baseboards mainly based on how much room do you need left over for yourself? The finished plan provides a good balance and plenty of operation possibilities.
The ply and timber were obtained and a start was made on the first baseboard. Naturally the construction was carried out in the back yard and under cover in case of rain. A drop saw made sure the timber was cut to the right angle and more than one drill also made things easier. The frame was made and then the ply was added to the top. To prevent moisture on the top layer it was painted with leftover paint, colour not being important as it will all be eventually covered over.
The baseboard for the first two boards was set at 119cm high and the track will climb to 123cm on baseboard No. 4. This will cut out having a flat track all around and will provide some effort from the locos to take trains around the layout. Most sidings will be level but unfortunately the coal siding on baseboard No. 6 will be on a grade, maybe the locos will have to be on the train permanently to avoid runaways?
|One down, five and a liftout to go.
|Board No. 2 wider section to cater for the turntable
|A quick dry out in the sun
|The first two boards are ready
|In for the afternoon feed