Tuesday, March 31, 2020

A couple of words about roadbed and benchwork

Anybody who has built a model railroad using conventional materials - dimensional lumber, plywood and other sheet goods, such as homasote, will tell you that there are variances in size of product.

Working through construction is sometime like a endless grafting project working to get stuff lined up level so your trains don't have to suffer through uneven track that causes operational problem like uncouplings, derailments and other problems.

One of the steps I take before track goes down is hitting the cork with a belt sander to take these variations out.

Case in point from Doswell from the previous fall season (2019)

You can see the high and low spots by just looking, so that tells you some remediation is called for here.

Note my sharpie'd notes on what needs to be done.

Monday, March 30, 2020

Quick Progress Update

Progress is being made on the railroad on multiple fronts.

Put a fascia up in a spot. 

Wired a bunch of signals and LCC gear. 

Putting up and reworking lower level benchwork. 

Built actual model bridges. Cats and dogs living together!

I hope to start sifting through pictures and posting a couple of updates this week.