Throughout the BWS saga, I’ve always set myself a vague target of Getting the layout to a state where it could be classed as ‘essentially complete’ by the time I went away for a couple of weeks in Mid March. This would then mean should something amazing happen and I got an invite to Railex, I would have around 2 months for finishing off, adding extra detail, checking everything worked to a good standard and wiring up the OHLE (last job on the to do list.)
As the title implies, I’ve now reached that point so it seems a good opportunity to review how things have gone…
Scenery wise, the bulk of the layout is now treated, although as ever some further variation in colour and texture would benefit some areas.
I’ve also been adding further detail at the back, although this signal still needs bedding in the surrounding area is bearing more overgrowth as things progress.
The trees at the right hand end of the layout need a little further painting and dry brushing to bring out some more texture but look good. I also need to paint the buffer stops in a faded and filthy red, providing this doesn’t detract from the scene as a whole.
I’ve made a start on building cassettes and the connectors are ready to be attached to the layout so I can finish up around them – this will be the first job when I get back and is probably the only bit I’m not quite as far along as I’d like to be with.
Oly has built a signal box for the layout, which looks nice in place. To use an industry buzz word we all despise that was some good cross operator collaborative working! Once the cassettes are working I can finish colouring and texturing the coal yard and bed in the box, which shouldn’t take too long.
Finally, to stop Oly asking I posed some locos and stock on the layout, something I’ve avoided too much up until now:
Back in a couple of weeks…