I pulled up the temporary track that was serving as the mainline into and
out of town. This has been replaced with more handlaid track. I have also put in
the curve out of town and the main line now extends out of town and down a small
grade. This is all ready to ballast. Iíll be working on the mainline into town
and should have it ready before long.
Iíve been sorting through the boxes of things that are being stored under the
layout. Iíve managed to condense a few things there to make room for the things
that are in the way. Iím hoping that the staging yard will be ready to start
soon. I have a large loop that was part of my friend Charlie Kirkís old layout.
He had about a 2 loop helix on his old layout that he isnít using on the new
one. Iíll be using part of one loop to create the balloon loop for the staging
yard. As it sits now it looks like the staging yard is going to go on the south
wall and will have 2 double ended sets of track with the loop at one end. There
will be NO backing up underground! This I really wanted to do but was unable to
find a way to make it work until recently.
After a little shuffling of storage boxes and a little wrestling the loop is in
place in the corner. Iíll brace it up and then itís ready for track. I will be
installing the deck for the staging yard as soon as the loop is attached to the
benchwork. From there the staging yard will slide over into place. The ladder up
once side of the yard is ready to spike down.
Our second baby is due in November and between that and my 2 year old train room
time is limited. Progress has slowed a lot but at least there is progress. The
return loop and the staging yard should go pretty fast since its all flex track.
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