The heavy scenic work has begun, with the corrugated cardboard foundation layer now in place. Next: the plaster bandages.
The video shows the layout with all four sub-layouts operating at the same time. The control software is temporary, performing some simple scripted movements with two trains per track instead of the dozen or so the final layout will support.
The canal loop is finished and ready to install on the layout. It is a simple meandering oval running alongside the railway, but it features a working canal lock in the little hamlet of Dauntsey Lock.
Steady progress - the Down main line is built, wired, and tested with its final electronics. The Up main line and the dummy branch to Malmesbury are built and fit-tested, with wiring and electronics under way. The electronics are my new all-purpose plug-together modules, slightly customized for this location to reduce the number of cabes from the layout, with a one-size-fits-all test panel. The picture shows all of the track for the rail side of things, with canal and road still to go.
This little test track shows how things will work on Dauntsey, my next linear motor layout. This model will have several points, and feature some simple automatic shunting. This is basically how the Up line through the station will work, although stretched from the 2 feet track shown here to 6 feet in length, allowing for 3 or 4 full-length trains.
The next layout will be a 1:480 scale model of Dauntsey station on the GWR main line to Bristol, set in the 1930s. The station closed in 1961, but has all of the features I was looking for: double track main line, small goods yard, refuge siding, road overbridge, nearby canal with lock. The model will be approximately 6' x 2', covering most of the area shown in this picture from Google Earth. A few changes will still be required, such as moving the down refuge siding from the SW to the SE side of the bridge, and adding another road west from the hamlet.
The road queues at the level crossing on Outer Melbourne do not work quite as well as hoped, due to using an older track design so that it could be finished in time for its first exhibition. This is testing out an improved version of the road track that permits proper queueing. Too late for Outer Melbourne, but ready for the next layout that needs it. And it even works with N Scale cars.
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