Well, project complete! I’m sure that there will need to be a little fettling and further track cleaning to get things moving, but it is almost there. A simple 2-road 2′ or so fiddle yard bolts onto the main layout.
The point is one of those very useful Peco OO-9 mainline Y-points. Compact, but with a larger radius than the SetTrack points. Purely manual control at the moment.
And here’s the full length of the railway – a tad over 5′.
So I got some stock out and did a little switching. This did indeed show that there’s a little work to be done on the track and the stock’s couplings. Nevertheless, very satisfying….
What have I learnt from this build?
- Small is most definitely beautiful. Of course, each to their own, but I can’t imagine building something the size of, say, James Street (wonderful as it is.) There’s a lot to be said for a small railway that can be built in a short time (even without the help of a pandemic.)
- Don’t be afraid to rebuild or change things if you’re not happy with them. I suppose that it has really taken five years to get this far – but there have been a couple of false starts along the way.
- Work steadily. I’ve done a little bit to the line most days – and taken a few off – and it’s surprising how quickly things get done. Don’t be afraid to do a little bit of work, go away to let the glue or paint dry, then come back for another go.
- If it’s not co-operating with you, walk away, do something else, and come back. Particularly true of the fiddly bits!
- It’s my railway – I’ll learn from everyone, everywhere, but then go and make my own mistakes, thank you very much!