Well, the first board is almost complete with track and wiring. Just a few more ‘jumper’ cables to add, and final testing with a locomotive, rather than my trusty caboose.
The photograph shows a few features that may be of interest
- Point motors are ‘Cobalt’ slow motion motors. Expensive, but the system has a lot going for it – especially little things like the jig that allows you to drill all the motor operating and fixing holes before laying the point.
- Plates at the joints. I found some thin copper clad material at a show, that looked a little thinner than the usual sleepers. It was just right to slide under the PECO code-55 rail, that extends down into the sleeper base. And it gives a solid soldered fixing for the rails at the end of the board.
- Point motor switches are recessed into the board’s facia.
- The interchange yard will be laid directly on the N-club board, without the 3mm packing piece in the standard. This gives a visual difference between the main line and the yard. The transition was made with the help of a section of Woodland Scenics pre-formed gradient.
Now to lay some track on the second board….