A revised ‘new location’ – Temple Court …
Well things have been pretty quiet since my post in late August. During September, myself, Jodi and Connor went to the United Kingdom for a holiday. We all had a great time but were glad to be home after being away for a month.
Work on the layout was pretty much non existent since we returned in early October, but a few weeks ago Andrew and I cut up some masonite sheets for more supplies of spline strips, and this spurred me on to complete the section of spline from the bottom of the helix round to the Down storage yard.
Since my post way back in January this year about incorporating an additional crossing loop in this section, I have since changed my mind again and decided to just make it a scene from the area around Temple Court, which is between Pangela and Murrurundi. The main reason for not going ahead with Wingen, is that trains just wouldn’t have been in the right context for that location (I know – picky, picky! ). If an UP train was being banked in the front all the way from Willow Tree, the bank engines, which were sometimes attached “in the shafts”, normally would have been detached at Murrurundi, and therefore a train with bank engines attached would have looked out of place at Wingen, which is further south from Murrurundi.
I had come across a couple of great pictures showing a big granite rocky outcrop at Temple Court that was just begging to be modelled.
4538+4512+4497+48138 with Up No.606 freight, make their way past
a granite outcrop near Temple Court on 19 May 1982. The 44 and 48 are the bank engines.
Photo by Mick Morahan
4854+44224+4483+44211 with an Up wheat near Temple Court in 1980.
Photo by Chris Nelson
I have also laid down the foam roadbed in this section in preparation for commencement of laying down the Central Valley tie strips. The photo below shows the foam in place on top of the spline.
I also installed a few more sections of the PECO flextrack from where I finished off when tracklaying in the helix. See previous post.
There will be one more length of flextrack installed than in the photo above, which will be close to where this section of track will emerge into the new Temple Court scene. The CV track will then be laid all the way back to the staging yards.
Over the next few weeks, I plan to carry out some tests on painting the CV track in readiness for laying. I will keep you all updated as that progresses.