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CONSTRUCTION & DEVELOPMENT

 

  The original layout started with two main boards of 1.84m x 0.84m and a fiddle yard of 1.3m x 0.84m with back board of 3.5mm MDF which was about 275mm high, replace with sheet "Pinex" at 430mm high on 2 x 1 inch dressed pine frame. After the layout's first outing at the Christchurch Big Model Train Show in 2005, one of the operators suggested that two more scenic boards should be made, which would give the trains a longer run from the fiddle yard before entering the station.  This was done in 2006 and in 2007 three more boards were built to make the full layout just on 14.5m long. I do not have any photos of the construction of the original three boards but do of the last three and a couple of the two scenic one. The boards are constructed with 4 x 1inch dressed pine for the frame with 2 x 1inch spacers at 46cm centres. The frame of each board surrounds a sheet of "Pinex" (insulating material that used to be made here in NZ) 1.8m x 0.8m x 12.5mm which is flush with the top of the framing. The fiddle yard board has a traverser of five tracks long enough to hold a train of an engine and three carriages which appears to be the maximum for the line. The legs are of 2 x 2inch dress pine and slot into the corners which put the layout at 875mm high.  I didn't take any photos when I first made the original  Fairford boards, so as the Lechlade and angle boards were build in the same manner, the photos below show my method. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Frame under construction with the edge-on 2in x 1in set half an inch down from top, and second photo with "Pinex" sheet in place.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    Boards finished and dry run of track laying for setting up position of points and track now laid with the wire in tube manual control connected and sighting of station platform and Goods Shed.

 The track is PECO code 100 streamline and the points are electrofrog except the two small Y, which are insulfrog. After test laying of the track plan, the track and point positions are marked and a 4mm plastic channelling from a corboard packing sheet is inlayed into the top surface of "Pinex" to hold length of sprung steel wire to attach to the point's tie bar for manual operation as in above photo on the right.  A 2cm of 6mm dowel is fixed to the end and painted black for easy identification.

 

This set of photos below show the finishing touches to the Lechlade boards and how the over bridges were built. The three bridges were made from 1.8mm thick cardboard and covered with SuperQuick building paper. The Lechlade bridge in the photos uses the Airfix turntable bridge sides while the other two are made from 1.8mm cardboard, scored and painted. The approaches to each bridge are formed with the same cardboard and the roadway is 1mm thick and laid as one piece then painted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Siting the over bridge and forming the road approaches.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Above is the way Mike Donnelly, my co-operator, who suggested that the original layout of two boards and fiddle yard needed  an extra two boards so that a longer run between fiddle yard and station boards  would improve the running qualities and he volunteered to build them. He had at  his disposal sheets of 10mm MDF and 3 x 2inch rough sawn timber, so cut the 4inch wide framing sides from the 10mm MDF sheets,   and made the frames the same dimensions as my boards.  He placed a sheet (1.82m x 0.82) on top cut out weight saving holes the another sheet on top with smaller weight saving holes followed by some "Pinex" sheet where required. These two boards are very sturdy and together weigh the same or more than the rest of the layout's six units. After he did the contouring of the landscape and laying the track he  handed them to me for flocking, vegetation and blending them to the boards on either side. His stream and pond scene is extremely good as can be seen below.

                                                                                                                                                   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TRANSPORTING THE LAYOUT TO EXHIBITIONS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

         Just Fairford boards in trailer and traverser unit in wagon 2005-06.                            Layout legs secured on the side ledge of trailer 2007 onwards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

            Balance of legs on other side.                                                                                            Pelmet supports house in front capsule,  legs still to be loaded 2011.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                Bottom layer (trailer floor) held traverser unit , angle board and buildings and paint (left) with back boards and pelmets on the right, The six boards were paired with the heavy scenic boards , then the Lechlade boards and the Fairford  boards the last to be loaded. The back trailer unit cover then fitted to the side framework and a screw into each end of each baseboard so as to secure the whole unit together.