Hi, I have never been totally happy with the backdrop/scenics to the rear of Troysdale. It wasted too much space but I needed the rear space for the traverser/fiddle yard because I insisted on having the traverser "within" the baseboard size. Since my renewed interest in photographing the layout and my nice pressie of the camcorder it also showed the backdrop was too low as well.
Yesterday The BIG hammer and saw, pliers, etc.. came out and totally wrecked Troysdale, I then cleaned the mess up and went inside to mull ideas around in my head.
The story goes... The repair/service of stock for the line was creating havoc in Troysdale's town station, blocking the platform,lines, sidings,etc.. so a new site was required solely for the service/repair yard. At the far ond of the town was a suitable plot of land but in order to get access a tunnel would be required to be constructed. The relevant licences were granted to build a "cut & cover" tunnel and to divert a local stream underground, at the same time.
So this morning,suitably refreshed I started the planned re-construction and a few hours later had acheived something I "MIGHT
" be reasonably happy with.
This means I now get to have a much higher backdrop, I still have the traverser on the board, but I have scenery ABOVE the traverser giving another third again in depth to the layout. Another bonus is I can now use the terraced houses I made for the old layout to depict the "end-of-town". Its quite amazing how a few little changes can move "location" from remote hillside to "almost-urban".
Heck I even have a road access to the site now.
As they say a picture says much more than words can so heres a few of them too
PS Only plaster & polystyrene taken from sustained & properly managed sources was wasted in this re-development