March 12, 2023
The roll cork for Gerber was not delivered yet, so worked on Proberta instead. I decided I would go ahead in between doing track laying in the Gerber yard and complete Proberta – photo backdrop, painted track, ballast, landscaping, and buildings. This should give visitors a little taste of things to come.
The track plan was transferred using a pounce wheel. A four pack was ordered on Amazon. The spike ones worked best on the plywood. Track plan was fairy simple so I did not use a straight edge here. I will in other places so line does not wander.
A small X was cut in the plan that indicated the throw bars. The actual switch assemblies were placed on the layout to double check hole location. A 3/8″ drill should provide enough clearance. I have to check the Tortoise jig I made to see it that is the correct diameter. Where cork is laid over hole, they will be redrilled from the underneath. A 4 foot straight edge from Harbor Freight was a guide for a marker for the long runs.
All cork is down for Proberta. I used Homasote before, so I’m learning about cork. Tomorrow I will try sanding a transition slope for the lower siding. Hopefully it will not tear the cork apart. Gandy dancers are anxious to lay rail in Proberta ASAP!