Hello Again, as you can see the project is moving forward and the now have the basis of a reasonable Model Railway, I have added a 3rd radius curve and some extra straight track to the existing track I had and there is still some further track to purchase. One of the important features of the layout for me was to have sufficient straight track lengths so as to allow the trains to run in a straight line without any of the carriages still negotiating the bend.
Even on this baseboard which is 10 foot long 2 foot at each and is taken by the radius of the curve and I wanted to have a continuous run rather than an end to end layout, so I have managed to squeeze 6 x 6 foot straight lengths which gives a reasonable effect.
What you see in this video has now been dismantled and put back in storage and was only laid down for a few hours, just so I could see how things where developing so far, if you saw my previous video’s you may also notice the addition of my new schools class which although running sadly had a fault on the locomotive on removal from the box that could not be fixed and it has been returned to Hornby for repair. However I now have quite a nice collection of Steam Locomotives and Carriages. Something I would say to anyone starting out at building a model railway is that;- The hobby is very much a collecting hobby and what you see has taken me some years to collect, buying bits and pieces here and there, so it is not an overnight event, there have been times when I thought I would never get this project truly off the ground and I seemed to just be collecting, but after many years things are finally starting to tack shape.
I also intend to add a 4th rail to the near side of the layout creating a 4 rail through station which will involve spacing the tracks to allow for the platform. I will also add some sidings to the middle of the layout with Engine sheds etc. Sadly the Airfix kits are unlikely to stay relevant to the layout as a whole at the point as every inch of the 10 foot by 4 foot baseboard will be taken up by Railway activities, so I can see the development of a separate air field in the making.
I am still using a small compact Camera (The excellent Panasonic Lumix TZ9, same as a TZ10 without the GPS function) to shoot these videos and whilst the results are generally pleasing HD, it does have its limitations regarding editing, combined with my unsteady hand movements at times compromising the overall quality of the videos, but I am hoping to develop the filming in time.
The Engine Shed, cottages and Church you see were built by my teenage daughter using Metcalfe Card Kits which give very pleasing results. There are also some Oxford Diecast vehicles adding to the overall enhancement of the layout. I am trying to focus on the period between 1930 to 1960 which gives me quite a broad canvas to work with although I do not intend to be constrained be exact period accuracy, I will just buy and add what appeals to me. It is clear that there is years of work ahead for me regarding painting and scenery etc. but I hope to share the development of the layout on youtube.
I look forward to posting some more model videos soon.