There’s not really that much to add – it’s the last weekend before taxes are due here in the US, so I’ve spent much of my weekend working on paperwork. Ugh.
I did get to the layout for a few hours today and managed to install the gridwork for the upper valance along the walls with Kennecott / McCarty / Cordova. It’s identical to the track level gridwork except for the lack of crossmembers. I’m only installing a crossmember every 4′. The grid doesn’t have to support much weight, except for the light strips and their cables.
The one gotcha is that the grid will have to cross the two windows. I don’t want to block them, as they serve as secondary exits from the basement in case of fire or other emergency. So I think what I’ll do is stop the grid on either side, and just have a magnetically-attached front board over the window area. As long as I make the wiring harness so it also separates easily, this will preserve the use of the windows in emergencies.
In the process of putting the grid together, I got fed up with some of the scrap plywood I had sitting around. So I also cut out the subroadbed for the Eyak yard area. That consumed most of the remains of the sheet and got it out of my way in the process.
Just wanted to say that I’ve enjoyed your ramblings. I got side tracked to your blog when I was trying to identify a CR&NW postcard, and after researching one page after another, stopped at yours. The interest was now beyond the CR&NW itself, because I too am also building an N-scale display layout. Normally, I model O fine scale, and about 3 years ago replaced most of my On3 with On30, which, naturally, runs logging and mining. And therein is the other tie in to your page, and the CR&NW which apparently shares a similar topography to my Steep Rock Railway ’empire’.
Anyway, looking forward to yyour next posting.
Sorry, yes, there will be more updates coming. I spent most of May bumming around (both work and vacation) in Belgium and the Netherlands, so needless to say I didn’t get a lot of CRNW work done, and then the first half of June has been consumed with family events and weddings. However, since the last post, I’ve gotten the benchwork to about 85% complete.
Glad somebody enjoys my incessant babbling, though. Some days I feel like I’m largely talking to myself.