After a 'dormant' summer on the modelling front and a steady downward spiral to page 4 !! , I've now started on a major revision on the "back strait".
The first comment is that I've abandoned the 009/00 diarama of Blaenau Ffestiniog for the moment. I may return to it in the future as a separate project.
Here's the plan :-
The changes will be as follows : 1) New upper level station based on Holyhead with scratch-built platform canopy
2) Bangor Yard with cement unloading installation and goods warehouse - to be scratch built.
3) Penmaenmawr Quarry with loading facility - to be scratch built.
The first change was the re-laying of the centre tracks of the former hidden passing loop area to gain access to an upper level.
This involved cutting out the 6 mm ply and wedging risers underneath to allow the outer tracks to be cleared.
My major decision at this stage is whether to put a removable top over the 5 outer tracks or to leave it open and ballast - what does the team think ?
My view is that covering would be more prototypical but that it may lose some effect if closed in.
Which brings me to the next bit. I needed to find a virtually sheer-face prototype to background the shed and yard. I eventually found Machynlleth which served quite well as a reference point with the added bonus that it is in Wales !
The construction is of plaster of Paris layed on polystyrene slabs fixed to hardboard.
AND an opportunity to show off some of my recent acquisitions : Super D - 49395 flanked by Royal Scot - 46140 & Rebodied Peak class 45 No. D67.
Next comes the Penmaenmawr quarry siding (s) just one at the moment but will expand to two or at a squeeze 3.
I couldn't help noticing that my Ffestiniog 'rock' looked a bit like Penmaenhead so I've rescued that from the meltdown !!
The Holyhead station & Bangor yard set-up is by far and away the biggest amount of work and cost as it will involve something like an extra dozen points & motors plus half a box of flex !! - this will take some time to fund :
Here's the general area which will have an additional 1.2 meter baseboard added at the left hand side to accommodate the station building :-
And finally , an overview shot of the whole of this section :-
Wakey-wakey at the back !!!