The final section of ballasting completed. Now just waiting for the glue to dry so that I can clean it up, get the electrics working again, dig out stones from inappropriate places and generally have an annoying time.
The visible point motor is one of two on the layout that has ended up positioned above a baseboard joist and so difficult to mount underneath. One of them is under the signal box and I’ll disguise this one with a small hut or a pile of sleepers.
Other tasks include fencing in the grass area near the signal box (probably end up with the station horse grazing) and camouflaging the joins between grass and grit.
General view of the station throat
Standing out like a sore thumb, the Skytrex ‘Boffy’, resplendent in car primer, Constructed during an afternoon sitting in the sun, a rare occurence in the UK in recent times. Not sure where Skytrex get the name ‘boffy’ from – bothy would be more appropriate given its meaning of ‘shelter’.
So yet another tedious painting job in prospect.
Another view of Wychminster station showing areas still awaiting completion. On the left the engine shed and coaling stage stand on bare chipboard ; on the right, the industrial area has acquired a crane and some more wood but the warehouse is still awaited from Invertrain after which it will be yet more painting.
Wychminster station with cattle dock foreground, 57xx tank waiting to depart with a pick-up freight and a Bulldog 4-4-0 and Dean Goods on shed.
Visible tasks, (other than the area around the engine shed) include painting the other coal staithes and also the cows.
3399 brings forward a fruit van prior to attaching it to the parcels/milk train on the main platform.
The industrial area development continues with the lining of the route to the cattle dock with hedging and a general covering of a grit sheet over the building area. Edging needs applying and painting plus softening of the grit/grass join. Also ballasting of the new siding and some buffer stops.
Construction in polystyrene foam and balsa wood marks out the area provisionally allocated to the wood yard and a warehouse. The old weights are excellent for holding things down as the glue dries.
I can’t help feeling I should have finished off the area by the signal box before sorting out the front of the baseboard – there will be tears!
Detail of 4510 in July 2005, a Tower Brass 2-6-2T, many years before painting