Sunday, 3 July 2016

It's finished............well nearly!

The layout is finally complete scenically and is running satisfactorily.  All that remains to be done now is to have a curtain made to hide the layout's legs and those of the operators and to work my way through all the stock to ensure the B&B couplings are set up accurately.  It's been a fair while since some of the stock saw use and the couplings can easily get out of adjustment.
Here are a few photos to give you an idea how things currently stand.

Pannier 8717 with a single coach train waiting to depart
    
The goods shed is based on that at Culkerton on the Tetbury branch. 
The entire scenic section of the layout with it's lighting unit installed.
Pannier 8717 is a Brynkits resin and etched-brass kit with much added detail.  The Hawksworth coach uses a Worsley Works etched-brass body ad chassis kit but again with much added detail.  The Worsley "Scratch aid" kits are an excellent way to add variety to your stock and are actually fairly easy to build.  Like all my coaches, this one sits on compensated bogies made from MJT etches and really do make a huge difference to running quality.     


The layout's exhibition debut is at the Swindon Festival of steam on the weekend of September 10th and 11th.  It then appears at the Warley NEC show on 26th and 27th November.  It is also due to appear in Railway Modeller in the December issue......a boyhood ambition realised!