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This page also links to the original progress pages of 2003 - above.
January: Over Christmas Paul relaid the main lines and much of the yard track according to the Templot plans, leaving spaces for the pointwork (switches) except on the main lines which where temporarily laid through to allow us to run trains.
Paul and Chris cut up the
temporary Flagstaff mountain so that it could be permanently mounted - the gaps are over
the baseboard joints. A tunnel has been introduced to allow the track to run off the
modelled area at left.
Chris, Ian and Steve have been working on a permanent version of Mount Pisgah in February and have made a wonderful mess sawing up polystyrene sheets. Paul has been finishing Flagstaff Mountain and playing with the trackwork - reconfiguring the fiddle yard. Steve has continued tracing photos of Susquehanna Street on his computer. We have all had a go at weathering our rolling stock and some coal hoppers can be seen below.
In March, Chris finished smoothing off Mount Pisgah and it looked pretty good. Paul again repositioned the trackwork - this time at the end of the fiddle yard to allow for stock on the westbound track to cross to the eastbound.
Steve started tracing photos of other
buildings on his computer - Hooven Mercantile and the Navigation building - and card
mock-ups of these appeared. We acquired a large number of freight stock
items from a neighouring club (Chester) at a knock-down price. Finally, Ian started work on building out a couple of the walls
on the river, preparatory to adding the stone facing
and has cut the culvert through the river wall.
Progress over the summer was exceptionally slow, mainly as a result of vacations and having to spend time on society business. Chris was also very busy building lighting gantries for the MMRS.
During August and September Steve finished the first two buildings on Susquehanna Street:
Paul continued to build switches (pointwork) for the front of the layout and
was been joined by Chris in this. Chris started on the pilings that hold back the
track after the wall has collapsed. Steve finally started on the next (third) building on Susquehanna Street
and, finally, we have acquired an RS3 and S1 to add to our F3 and SW9.
The year ended with some substantial progress made - but much still to do!