It’s 2019: A new year, a new video!

Happy New Year! It’s 2019: a new year and a new video. After a break of a couple of months, we’re back to with a general layout and channel update.

Watch to hear about progress on the layout, modelling studio developments, background projects and the layout card board. I also talk about layout lighting and my new control panel.

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Railway Modelling Community links

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Layout Update: August 2018 – Baseboards, Track Plan & Cataloguing Rolling Stock

It’s been just over two months since I posted a layout update. Despite the incredibly hot weather and other distractions of the Summer, I’ve still managed to make some reasonable progress up in the loft.

In this layout update video, I take a look at the track plan for the Strathpeffer Junction layout, as well as where I’ve got to with the baseboards, my initial thoughts for DCC busses and some sorting and cataloguing of rolling stock and locomotives.

I’ve had to jettison the idea of a two level layout with large fiddle yard below due to space constraints, so now it’ll be mainly one scenic level, albeit with an upper level TMD at one end with a small fiddle yard below that.

The station layout is loosely informed by Dingwall station during its heyday (click the map below for a larger image). There’s also a great thread on RMweb that looks at Dingwall’s layout in years gone by. You can read it by clicking here.

The plans show what I’ll be working towards, but are by no means set in stone. I’d love to know what you think about my plans and ideas, so please feel free to leave any thoughts, comments, suggestions and questions in YouTube’s comments section.

EDIT: In the video I put up text on the screen mentioning two booster units for my two power districts. I should have written one booster. The one district will be run run from the DCC controller itself (in my case, a Z21 black), and the one from a booster.

Layout Progress: Framework (May 2018)

For those of you who’ve been following Strathpeffer Junction on YouTube, you’ll probably know that we’ve made good progress on the framework for the layout.

Since recording that update video, we’re thrilled to have now reached baseboard level…it won’t be long until we’re running trains!