33109 "Captain Bill Smith" waits to
depart from the yard departure road with a mixed rake of
four wheel open box wagons. All trains arrive and
depart from this road. The loco is, like most
rolling stock, a
ready to run model, in this case
from Heljan with a bit of light weathering.
The wagons are somewhat more decrepit!
A Bachmann class 37 stands at the
fueling point. The layout includes a small two road
fuel point to allow a bit of variety in operation. As
well as rakes
of wagons coming and going from the
yard occasional locos amble in for fuel and
then trot off to places unseen.
||A Freightliner class 66 heads South
on the mainline with a rake of coal hoppers while the
class 37 still waits for someone to refuel it.
This view show the main point complex
of the yard with the track leading
into the yard from the mainline and workshop
spurs and fueling point leading off.
|Another view of the fueiling point taken
from the rear of the baseboard. The trackwork is SMP
code 75 bullhead rail flexitrack which is married to
pointwork built using copperclad sleepers. The ballast
is fine mixed grey fixed in the traditional
manner by flooding
it with diluted PVA glue. Careful weathering
provides some variety though yard areas have a
proportion of Chinchilla grit mixed in.
||A view across the roof of the yard
offices looking towards the front of the repair
buildings. A motley collection of wagons
are being shuffled around by an EWS
08. The buildings are all scratch built using
either plasticard or Linka plaster mouldings.
|A view of the EWS shunter, 08630,
going about its duties. The baseboards are fairly
narrow and therefore there is relatively little space
backscene buildings. In places the buildings are
only two dimensional being photographic images cobbled together
and pasted to the backscene boards.
||The layout has been under
construction for around 18 months and some areas of the
model have started
to acquire some interesting detailing. Of course
no layout is ever complete so there is
plenty more that can be done.