Saturday, August 26, 2017

New Control Panels

The panels are fully functional for both locations. All current tracks are operable in Portland. One extra control button for when the barge is actually installed


Saturday, August 19, 2017

Panels Ready to Install

Unfortunately the tape pulled off some of the black paint, but we are ready to get back downstairs and change out some electronics.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

New panels

With all of the changes in Portland, I needed to make a new panel for Portland. I initially made one similar to the bottom, but sized for the top. It was cramped.

During the last session, I noticed that Bath had a much larger panel than needed. The good news was Bath needed to be fixed anyway. There was a button in the wrong spot.
I decided to go ahead and make two new panels, with the intent of swapping the two boxes around. There is more work involved, but it will be better in the long run.

These particular panels will get painted white and then the tape will be removed revealing a black track diagram. The holes for the lights and buttons are already in, they are hidden by the tape.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Portland update

The Portland track that is connected to the main and sidings is complete. I will have to finish up the industrial sidings after the next op session.

The carfloat will be on the south end of Portland and lowered into place to make the waterfront.

Looking at Portland from the south to the north. On the right will be the car float.

Looking south from the northern end of Portland. On the right will be A&P in the back, American Hardware in the middle and Casco Bay Printers up close. On the left will be Chase Transfer

Portland has the potential of becoming a full time job.

Car Float

I have been playing around with the layout for the car float. My initial idea was to place the small yard behind the car float, but I was worried about reaching behind the car float. 

The first picture shows the yard in the front and the barge lowered down behind it

This makes the car float harder to reach and hides the car float from sight. In this case the cars on the float are harder to get to.

This shows the the original plan. If I keep the yard turnouts to the right of the car float crane it should be okay. The barge will be more visible and I'll be able to add wharf area scenery toward the front.

I believe I'll go with the original plan.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

First look at the car float

Working up ideas for how the car float will sit in Portland. Each has a benefit that needs to be looked at for which will work the beat.

This one has a better angle for the connection to the siding.

This one has the opportunity to place the holding yard in the front or behind the boat.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Portland progress

It s time to change Portland. It will be the last major construction on the layout. I do not want to cancel a session, so I try to do as much as I can before tearing up the actual layout. In this case it was just easier to "go for it" and hope for the best.

 In the first picture you can see all of the old Code 100 track is now gone and I'm working on cleaning up where new roadbed will go.

I have now added the new benchwork table top where the return loop used to be and started gluing down the roadbed for the mainline and two sidings. In the fore ground is the location of the car float.