Today I’ve been tidying the workbench and office area where I do my modelling. If you’re like me that’s akin to rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic for all the good it’ll do! I did find some ‘artifacts’ though such is the depth of the stash of things I’ll one day need…
I did find a few sets of images a grouping of them can be seen above. They show some of my first efforts of a finescale solo build. This was early 90’s the 56XX a mix of a Mainline body, Perseverance chassis, Ultrascale wheels (EM),and Portescap motor, again an early foray into solo modelling rather than as a club or society member. The layout and track were built by myself learning the hard way. The most challenging element were my first points. These were from K&L components and were the forerunners of the C&L range. There were no kits available, just buy the templates and get on with it. MRJ since issue ‘0’ has been an excellent conduit of ideas and construction articles. I read the reviews and test builds of the track by Pete Kirmond and that gave me confidence to press ahead, by a few twists of fate Peter has subsequently become a very good friend indeed, and we operate each other’s layouts at exhibitions.
Getting into clearing the work area was a bit like the track building, a bit of knowing you should do it, a bit of what if it doesn’t go as planned, and eventually a good amount of ‘f### it’ it’s not going to do it itself, and pulling the trigger on it! Once starting it of course isn’t as bad as you think, and the sense of satisfaction of that first point working, knowing I’d built it was almost empowering!, the very same for the 56XX, a model built towards the top end standards of the time, built by me, and working!
The 56XX is still with me, seen here on a 1930’s OS map of my late fathers. Both reminders of ‘where I’ve come from’ and what I can do if I want, I don’t need to wait for others, as Nike says ‘just do it’. It doesn’t always work, life’s like that, but it is what it is, not driven by dancing to the tune of others.
Now where’s the dustpan and brush? Back to reality..
The layout will be DC/DCC with the change being facilitated by only swapping controllers, as I do with Albion Yard. The isolating sections in DC then become DCC power districts, so any short circuit finding can be helped by switching sections on or off. Point switching and polarity changes as mentioned in an earlier post are powered from a separate source, so once these sections are wired in there will be a small panel to make for the sections . This will be separate from the points and signals panel, but both panels will be separate from the layout chassis, to allow flexibility when operating as a peninsula section.
These panels aren’t huge pieces of hardware, for ‘Shelfie’ the panel is an old 35mm slide box, and they’ll be similar here due to the simplicity of the layout. Another day or so and all board wiring will be complete, and I’ll be able to run a test session. That I’m looking forward to, as that’s when the project really comes to life!