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Saturday, 14 January 2017

Project 17 - First track laid

At Swanage the ground level in the vicinity of the shed is level with the top of the track sleepers. On the model the track is fixed to the baseboard with double sided tape and the ground level raised around it with corrugated card board. The card board is cut straight to the end of the sleepers and the resulting castellated gap around the sleeper ends will be filled with DAS clay.

The track inside the shed passes over an inspection pit that runs nearly the full length of the shed. The rail base plates that fix the rail either side of the pit are home made 3D printed. 

I am using my stock of Graham Farish Formoway flat bottom flexible track from the 1970s (no longer marketed) with Peco electrofrog turnouts. Formoway track sleeper size and spacing seems more authentic than Peco Streamline to me, being designed to standards set by the British Railway Modelling Standards Bureau. I'm not using Formoway turnouts because they need an additional locking mechanism for the switch blades.

For the period of the model (early 1960s) there does not appear to be conventional buffer stops at the end of the short turntable run-off track or the shed track. In fact, a photo shows a single sleeper laid across the end of the shed track! This will be applied in due course.

The post 1958 engine shed (made from grey board with decorative paper overlays and fitted with LED pendant lighting) was the first item built for the project, predating both the cabinet and turntable construction.

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