June 13, 2023
The basic track installation has been completed for the third town – Red Bluff. In looking at the dispatcher’s area I decided it would be good to have a programming track connected to the layout. One of the advantages of using CAD is that different ideas can be explored. Two alternatives were found. The one connected to Red Bluff offered the longest length of straight track. I plan on installing a digital speedometer to assist in programing.
The final set of switches on the east end were comprised of 9 switches that were originally built in sets of two. All were soldered together to make one set along with a new switch for the programming track. This seemed like the easiest way to install them, and it worked out great.
I need to find the box that contains my bridge abutments from the previous layout so I can install some bridges. In the meantime, the curve around the dispatcher’s desk was marked using a paper template to get a general idea. Then 8′ of hardboard was used to mark the final location.
Next town on the layout is Cottonwood. The plywood has been cut to size and screwed down along with the next curve connecting Cottonwood to Anderson. The plan is in place ready to be transferred. Roadbed installation in Cottonwood will commence tomorrow. So far, no Tortoises have been installed nor feeders. All busses are in for Tortoises and for Easy DCC with 9 zones. I’ve decided to see how much track I can get laid in June and then hook up some of the wiring and do some scenery prior to the NMRA National Convention in August. Another must do is the last bit of benchwork between the door and staging area. The race is on!