Am_Fet writes (again):
Over the few days since the last work session with Cabbage I have been using idle moments in between work (Switching the KiwiRail Radio Network to narrow band) and home life to work out the dreaded "What to do next" list. It looks like the next move will be to get the backdrop in and maybe mock up the cheese store in cardboard to see how it all fits in visually. Plus I've been looking at the loco and wagon list and plotting where each piece is coming from.
Interestingly enough, I came across a PDF I had squirrelled away from MR of a 4' by 2' layout and I think its worthwhile sharing here:
When I first saw this, it screamed "West Coast Coal".....so I went hunting around Drews blog for some inspiration:
Cor, that will do! Drews pic of DBR 1213 shunting some HLC coal containers at Reefton in the rain would make a great start, maybe adding in the old coal loader at Rapahoe:
....although the Reefton loadout might also be "adequate " for a small layout:
So, what do we need? A DBR would be something out of the ordinary and an interesting kitbashing project (although a DC would do just as well). UK wagons are readily available and I think there are some HLC molds around somewhere (I know DB has a few). Would it be worth investigating how to make everything "wet" by using a light misting of glosscote on everything? SOme white lighting instead of warmer yellow? Muted colours? Handling just coal could be a bit boring as well, so maybe some Ub wagons with some interesting mining equipment onboard? Or some general container traffic could be put in as well?
Or maybe Peters Wb and some Q wagons.....Hmmmm....Did I mention I had another 3 of these modules to use for something?