June progress

Posted on July 1, 2013. Filed under: Monthly progress |

I was slow to get back into modelling after the Scaleforum exhibition in September 2012. More than four months passed before I set to work on the layout again. But after the recent Exeter Show, I couldn’t wait to get stuck in again. Why the change? The answer is simply that the revised Kyle of Sutherland looks much better. It’s just a question now of doing the work to finish the layout.

This last month I’ve made a number of track corrections and altered the (south) cassette to layout level so that now all my locos and stock go smoothly from cassette through the loop point and back again without trouble. All chairs are fixed, and have base colour applied. And I’ve also altered the vertical alignment of the (north) cassettes and the three scenic tracks.

Testing stock on the south scenic board was easy – the main controls are on that board. Operating on the north scenic board is going to be more difficult. So far I’ve used croc clips on individual sections of track. But what I want is to operate each half of the layout (one scenic board plus cassette table and cassettes) separately – I don’t have space in the garage to set up the whole layout.

Eureka! Coming back from a very enjoyable club get-together on Saturday afternoon, a simple plan came unbidden into my mind. Now why didn’t I think of that before?


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Yes, I was at the Exeter show too! Thanks for kindly allowing me to help operate your P4 “Kyle” layout, Stuart – it was great fun over two days. Glad to hear you’re sorting out the track alignment problems. Incidentally, playing with the layout and talking with you during the show has recharged my interest in the Highland Railway – in many ways so much like my favourite railway, the Cambrian. Consequently, I’ve ordered several S scale 3D-printed/etched Highland Railway wagon kits from Bill Bedford. Thank you for the inspiration, Stuart! – Phil Copleston philc@musaureus.co.uk

It was my pleasure! Now, what about a Manor and a rake of maroon GWR coaches in P4? I would find that hard to refuse running powers on Kyle of Sutherland.

Hi Stuart, Thank you for your kind offer of P4 running powers on Kyle. Yes, I have planned a Manor at the head of a rake of maroon coaches… but its wheels will be set to 22.45mm gauge not 18.83! How about you trying a spot of Highland in S scale instead??

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