Another momentous occasion in the life of the layout this evening. After a tour of most of the region, it is now safely domociled in the Top Secret Layout Building Facility in Stokes Valley where construction will continue over the coming months.
This evenings work session had our protagonists mostly standing around and discussing ways and means....before seizing the day and just leaping in anyway. The plan was for the landscape to be built up from 5mm foamboard before being covered with putty to recreate the undulations of a normal landscape. The plan is for the switches controlling the points to be contained within a small "box" that can be covered for photography or if the layout is not being shunted.
In this action photo, we can see your scribe hacking merrily at the foamcore with possibly the worlds sharpest (and dangerous) craft knife, while 0-4-4-0T starts drawing landforms for the hill at the left hand edge of the baseboard. Also visible is the first test of the putty (applied by Cabbage, who also provided the photo).
Hopefully these layout building evenings will now become a bit more frequent as the weather warms up and working in someones garage isnt the imposition it was in mid winter.
My plan now for the next few days is to finally get back into some CAD work and get the stock yards and goods shed drawn using the guild drawings.