‘Tis September, and that means it’s travel and photo charter season in my world. So layout progress has been slow.
On Sunday, I tore down the old helix, stripped away the ever-precious Atlas Code 55 flex track, and then cut the remainder up into little chunks that went to the trash. I also hung the first two open grid frames, and they look good. Very solid, very straight, and awesome to put roadbed and track on. I think I’ll still add a couple L-brackets underneath just to give them some strength.
I also found a piece of plywood as I was cleaning that was perfect for an extension around my workbench. I’d always planned to have a branch coming off the top deck (from the reversing loop at Nicolai Junction) around the bench so that I could test engines/cars/electronics without actually going out to the layout. Plus it will make a decent staging track for trains coming on/off the branch. So, that was cut out and installed last night, and I’ll add track to it in the next couple of days. Last night I just laid two pieces of cork and a salvaged piece of flex on it, so that I could hook up the command station for the first time in years and actually see something move. Actually seeing the SD60M that will become CRNW 600 move a few feet was a very rewarding and motivating experience!
No pictures this time, but maybe later in the week as I get more things cleaned up and put into place.