Amazing how fast a model railroad comes apart!
In what has become something of a Columbus Day tradition Stic came over yesterday to work on the layout. (We're both off on Columbus Day since it's a Federal holiday - our wives have to work... poor gals. But someone has to do it!)
I gave a few choices for the work session:
1. Get a start on one of the brick mills buildings for Everett
2. Finish up the background scenery in Everett just before the current north staging yard.
3. Fix the turnout that has always had issues at the north end of Waterbury.
Well, long and short of it is we really continued the Columbus Day tradition and tore out a section of the layout. (Regular readers of this blog should not be surprised by this - it's been a long time coming!)
By the time we were done the White River engine terminal was removed from the corner. The WRJ station scene and south yard ladder are also down to bare plywood.
We spent a little time "blocking" the various elements of the scene to see what goes where and what might or might not go. I've placed the station in the corner where the turntable had been and have been moving it, the coaling tower, and turntable around from time to time over the week and playing with some flextrack to see how the plan translates to reality.
Not entirely convinced at this point, but I'm coming around. - the building fits fine but the geometry of the track might be a little tricky. Perhaps I need to find a prototype scene for inspiration better suited to the space?
Some sketches are in place for a smaller "satellite" yard based on Palmer, Mass., or even Bellows Falls or Brattleboro. Time will tell.
In the meantime this is really going to impact operating the layout since there's currently about 15 feet of plywood with no track between the south staging yard and the mainline....