Saturday, July 14, 2012

Ready to go.

Well, the weekend is here, and with the lady of the house safely ensconced on the other side of Australia, its time to go play trains for the weekend. I volunteered to help the good squadron leader with the Wellington (ex Christchurch) 9mm layout. having never really seen it up close before, I got closely acquainted with it last night. First up, its not like the TARDIS, but it makes the hall seem like it.

"I say, you down the other end.."

The layout is 20 years old, and does show it, being built like the proverbial brick sh*t house. It goes together surprisingly easy, which is something I could probably learn from. Cabbage has redone the wiring. It has confined my hatred for MDF, as It took myself and Karl Morris 30 minutes to put up the undergarments. Hammering thumbtacks into MDF is not too much fun.

On the right you can see the fiddle yard boards. There are of later construction with blue foam on a lightweight frame. As an odd observation, lighter baseboards are actually more dangerous. heavy baseboards require several people working together to get any job done. A light base board requires just one idiot to lift it...

I'm looking forward to having a play with it over the next couple of days to see just what it can do.


Cabbage said...

definitely a big move every time that layout comes out
many an hour spent rewiring it to
did you check out the inside of the control panel
only thing that lets the wiring down is the nasty auto connectors between the modules which fail on a regular basis
would have been nice to replace them with some move robust industrial types... one day I guess
But over all great to see it still getting used..... I hope Brent can keep it up

Cabbage said...

Enjoy the weekend I'm not going to get up there this year work has got in the way again
think I need a new job