This page also links to the original progress pages of 2004 - above.
Progress picked up in January as Chris and Paul forged ahead with the switches on the front of the layout and they are now all in place (although not wired or motored) and working! Even Steve has had a go at laying switches in the fiddle yard to provide new storage sidings - he has also finished most of the work on the third building.
Progress also continued well in February and March. Chris put finishing touches to the turnouts and trackwork on the front of the layout and Paul removed, wired and replaced two baseboards as he starts the laborious task of wiring the layout. Although we will use DCC eventually, he is wiring for standard operation at the start with four blocks.
Chris starting on the finishing touches at the baseboard joints,
Progress has slowed a little in quarter 2 - mainly as Chris focused on building replacement lighting gantries for taking club layouts to exhibitions. However, Paul finished his sixth board (all in the storage yard) - the wiring really is beautiful if you like that sort of thing - and started on the front boards.
By early June, all the four rear baseboards and the end boards had been wired and tests have ensured that trains will run. Paul started on the wiring of the front boards later in June.
Steve worked on the wall along the Lehigh
river - more details can be found on a separate page -
the river wall.
Chris continued to focus on building replacement lighting gantries for taking club layouts to exhibitions and finished them for the exhibition at the end of October. Paul continued with the wiring, and finished most of the boards on the front of the layout as well. Steve continued scenic modelling on the "Lehigh River" at the front of the layout and made good progress.
right, after some painting. First
spray-painting with tan, then darker grey, and finally dry-brushing with light
grey. The river finish is temporary - finalising it more at this stage would
result in damage as areas behind are modelled. There will also be a lot of
greenery added later.
The photo extravaganza below was mainly taken on the open day at the start of December.