A little snow in Earlswood meant a lot of modelling time…..
I built the simple box that will represent the concourse end of the platforms. Easy to uncouple a locomotive, too, if it’s not under an overall roof. The boards are aligned with pattern-makers dowels. I was expecting to make a mess of these, and was pleasantly surprised how easy it was to get correct alignment. (Well, within 0.5mm, that can be easily packed up under the track over the joint. I still have to fit the latches to hold the boards together.
Finally, a little furniture moving lined up my bookcases to support the railway when at home. There was also a lot of sorting out and sweeping of the floor – sawdust seems to get everywhere! I then knocked up some supports for the boards, to allow for the differing heights, and also provide useful storage space underneath the layout. The right hand bookcase is one of a pair owned by my parents, and that I grew up with. Now very useful for storing trains and railway books. The taxi on the layout has arrived a little early….
And just to finish off, here’s a gem of a picture of the first electric train to reach Redhill – in 1932. Note the safe working practices on the telegraph pole in the background.