Friday, 20 May 2016

Minor Adjustments

I'm always miffed that when you plan a layout something happens and changes your plans. However, with this layout I worked out soon after building the board that I was going to be making things up as I go along. 

As this is a shunting layout I am after some interesting industries that I could put in a semi rural setting.  An obvious choice would be a fish co-op for my small fishing fleet to unload their catch and send on trains to Sydney. Back in the dark ages of the twentieth century I had something similar on a layout and every operating session four TRCs would be dropped off and picked up from a harbour siding and sent to the state's capital at the end of the day. 

This was meant to be next to the station but when I took a photo I realised that the fishing boats would be obscured by the fish co-op building. Now it is on the other side of the layout. 

Another consideration is the nine inch radius. To be fair the curve is not a constant curve. There are a couple of spots where it it tighter. Laying a nine inch curve is a little tricky as the track is springy. 

I have a couple of milk tanks so that means a dairy. Boats need petrol and I have an Ampol tank that fits the bill. It was designed for heavy oil but the blue tank is now in the business of delivering diesel to the harbour. 

One industry which I wasn't sure of has just been filled. One little siding which was originally planned for the dairy which has moved is now planned as a bakery. This is due to discovering that the Trainorama BCH will negotiate the curve. This means that a Powerline BWH will as well. They are almost identical. But did they convey flour? This will need a bit of research. However it would produce stock variety. 

Until next time. 

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