Lower Level ProgressThe plan is to start on the Lower level and work my way up to the top level. This will allow the Yard to be functioning with the return loop. When the Middle level is being tested we can run from Gawler down to "Adelaide" and back again. Also with limited space between the Lower and Middle Levels, it will be next to impossible to work on the tracks in the Yard.
Flat Creek YardWell, after a slow start the Flat Creek Yard has been laid. Points and power connected, and a trial run with a DCC friendly engine. As can be seen in the photos I went for the Box Frame. This allowed me to wire up and lay track in modules of 2.4m lengths. No crawling on my sore back soldering upside down. I am using UniStrut (EzyStrut) for mounting all of the benchwork on. This allows small changes to heights as I was working on sections. All track is Peco Code 100 with Electrofrog points. The reasoning is I do not want any problems down here when the next level is started, so make this "reliable", well, as reliable as possible!
|Flat Creek Yard Entry|
|Flat Creek Curve|
|Flat Creek Yard Exit|
|Mainlines are the far left 2 tracks, the Yard here is an exit only to the Main.|
Next...The Return LoopThis "train room" was also storage for all of my train related equipment, and that is not only HO. There was also Garden Rail equipment. SD70 and 2 five pack container wagons, with containers, 2 PA1's with 5 coaches, and a lot more. This has all been relocated so I have room for the base of the return loop and the helix/climbs that will be located roughly in the centre of the room. Now a clean up and relocation of more equipment and placement of the Loop is the next step.
By the way, the above has not happened since the first post. This has been a couple of months of "free" weekends. So the next post may be a month or two away.