Following the fallow Christmas modelling period, I’m feeling a bit pleased as the first quarter section of the layout was completed today, the station throat. Its taken some time all in all despite prefabricating the common crossings. I suppose a the end of the day the time consuming (and mind numbing) bit is threading chairs on rail, but in the end the result achieved is worth it.
Ive used 3 different types of chair on the points, getting the really specialist ones was getting a bit to anal! n addition to the 4 bolt plain chairs Ive used the Exactoscale Bridge chairs at the crossing and also the special check rail chairs. These weren’t around when I built North Ballachulish but I wish they had been, they make a fiddly job easy. You do have do count accurately and plot exactly where they are going otherwise you end up unthtreading chairs, and swearing profusely.
On to the next section to build now, the engine house side of the sorting sidings, and the first time building a three way point in many years. A refresher in how a three way is wired was required before contemplating building and a decision made to build the common crossings using the laser cut pattern on the boards rather than on the workbench as some of the angles are a bit odd.
The first crossing to build is the complex one for the main route with the two crossings wired together. After due consideration I’m going to build it as a single fabricated unit rather than separate bits as it should make it all flow better. On the photo below the position of the copperclad to build it up on is marked in black and rails already cut to length. Ive still got to file the “vee” on the 1:5 centre crossing as that’s the difficult piece as it forms a check rail for its associated crossing. All good fun and a nice challenge, but I must remember to put chairs on before it all gets soldered up.