To the left is an early progress shot from October 2007. The main scenic board has been created using
softwood framing and an MDF top. As originally the layout was designed to be permanently fitted to
a wall the framing and construction are not overly substantial. A set of lightweight temporary
legs have been fitted so I can work on it comfortably in the garage.
Track is starting to go down with the twin main lines running along the back of the board
and the start of the yard entry point complex being laid. Points were built as they were needed
rather than ahead of time. Just as well really as the design changed as I was laying the track
on a day to day basis! The white template marks the site of the dreaded double slip that I was
still summoning up the courage to build.
At this time I had discovered DCC and acquired a Bachmann E-Z Command. Although the capabilities
of this controller are pretty limited it's cheap and very effective. I was hooked and from this
point onwards pretty much every loco purchased has been chipped
This view also shows the rather odd shape of the original baseboard with the lefthand end chopped
off at an angle! As the board was designed to fit on the wall of my study the corner had to be pruned
to allow people to get in and out of the door. Of course as the layout has never actually been
moved to the study this became a redundant feature. More of this and other exploits later.