Additional progress has been made on the farm and countryside scenes above the box culvert. This finishes off the remainder of the layout sections requiring scenery and details.
Additional details around the engine facility and yards:
A bear and cubs watch a train go by:
And some stools for young visitors to get a better look at the layout:
The trestles are completed and installed.
Lots of progress on the town site:
A miniature version of Prescott Park (the Museum House):
The engine facility:
Updates to the staging area:
And of course, more detailed scenes:
On December 7, 2016 the Sudbury Railway Modellers held a meeting at the Heritage Center to discuss club activities and management of the layout. The photos below were taken during this meeting and show the enormous progress on the layout over the past 8 months.
These photos are also available in the following Google Photos Album.
Display cases as you enter the train room:
Sawmill area in the turnback loop near the doorway:
Bridges help with grade separation:
Lots of industries and detailed structures:
Small scenes add interest:
Town scene currently under construction:
It’s been a while since the last update, but a lot has happened over the last 8 months. An effort to re-start the local Model Railway Club resulted in a meeting of interested individuals at the Heritage Center in December 2016. Comming soon – December 2016 Layout Tour.
April 5, 2016 – Scenery installation has started. In the following photos we see Richard Lefebvre installing wadded newspaper and plaster cloth to form basic landforms around the elevation transitions.
Once finished this blends the two elevations together nicely.
Now that the main line and major yard track has been laid and trains can cover the whole layout on the two main lines, the necessary wiring connections have begun.
Placement of additional track to such things as industries, roundhouses and the like has also begun. On March 22, Ian Clegg and Garth Harris were well along with placing track that will be within the large roundhouse. The specific placement of the already built industrial buildings is being verified.
This is the group setting up the installation of an ashpit for the large roundhouse. The piece in the foreground is a popout hatch which, will be the site of a car shop with transfer table (on the cutout in the foreground). Ian is currently working from the hole it will fill.
Test layout of the sawmill buildings near the entrance to the layout room.
Track laying has started. The photo below from March 8, 2016 shows track being installed in the lower yard.
Installation of the bus wires beneath the layout is also in progress.
By working session on March 15, 2016 most of the mainline track has been installed. The photo below was taken at the start of the work session. During the session, the turntable in the foreground was put in place, track around the post in the right background has been positioned to make it possible to locate both bridge spans and tunnels in the right places and with the right clearances in the future.