Sorry for the long delay in posting any updates on the BWS saga… there should have been at least one in the middle but it seemed to get forgotten about!
Much progress has been made in the last couple of months, the layout going from bare bones in the last set of updates to having a chunk of scenery attached now! Let’s have a tour round the layout as it now stands…
Arrival into the yard is by way of the gate (which also hides the joint between the layout and the backscene), the railway boundary at this point is marked by a substantial hedge, constructed using florists wire to create trunks, and then teased out horse hair for the tangle of branches on top.
The road runs up to the crew room alongside the railway… the HA van is a bit rough and ready and just a placeholder at the moment – I’m yet to decide whether to finish it or use something else here. The wire in the background is the DC feeder cable for the 1500v DC overhead (still to be installed)
The crew room itself provides a focal point at the rear of the layout. I’ve made this from scratch and am pleased with the end result.
Zooming out somewhat, we can look at the right hand end of the layout as a more complete structure… the DAS ballast in the foreground has now been coloured and was worth the effort I think. Trees in the background are supposedly a mix of Ash and Silver Birch, usually the first trees to spring up and become established in industrial areas I find.
Spinning the camera round, these trees do a pretty good job of hiding the fiddle yard exit at this end of the layout. You can also see OHLE masts in place, there is further work needed on these but they are getting there.
Finally, heading back a long way we get an overall view of the whole layout. The idea was to create something quite minimalist and advocating the ‘less is more’ concept. Hopefully the layout does that…
The big news is that BWS has made the final of the Cameo Competition, and will be appearing at Railex in May! I’m not quite sure how it got selected but am naturally really pleased. The layout will then be appearing at Uckfield in October.
Before then, as well as completing the layout and sorting stock for it, there’s a couple of ideas I’m looking at to make operating interesting and realistic, which will hopefully be a little different to those normally used… watch this space.