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An Announcement from Austrains - SDS acquisition
Connecting loco and tender - Hornby Top Tips
Trainorama 830 class 847 review
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Reconnecting with a childhood hobby
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Statement from Ixion Model Railways Ltd
Well, I made it to the end... of the room. The picture below shows the benchwork and early start to what will be the last visible portion of my little line. There will be some limited staging located in the closet and the board with the level on it is just set in place in order to establish where the hole needs to be punched through the backdrop and the wall behind it. This area is where the coal mine is to be located. I have the necessary flex and turnouts for it and the actual trackplan itself will be worked out "on the fly". The coal mine itself is an out of production Pola kit version of the Jack Work coal mine that he detailed building in MR articles back in the 50's. it's always been a favorite of mine. The same kit was also offered by AHM and Model Power at different times. Around this last Christmas, I was cleaning out the closet and sold a lot of non hobby related "stuff" on E-bay and they gave me a coupon code that allowed me to buy the kit there for next to nothing.
In front of the mine a lower level track will cross a tall bridge based around an ME tall steel viaduct kit. This track will also disappear into closet staging. The bridge and accompanying gorge is why the benchwork framing is depressed in this area. My pike is somewhat modular, there has been some thought to sections coming apart but not to the extent of a TOMA concept. This particular section has had a lot of thought put into being removable as I want to always preserve the mine and bridge as long as possible.
I can also now declare my lighting and it's associated valance done as I recently framed and wired this last section as well as putting a top on the entire thing where when the main room lighting is off I have the shadow box effect that I'm fond of. One of the many things John Allen has taught me is that presentation of the pike is everything.
Since I just completed basic scenery between two more finished areas of the pike, things are moving in a much more logical progression. I just detailed that in another portion of this blog. Still to come is finishing up rearrangement of the mill scene detailed in my imagineering column. I will probably do that in concert with hashing out the details of this final section and my DCC ++ project I'm currently researching.
As I've stated here and in other threads, I feel like I'm in a creative renaissance after the bleak period when medical issues sidelined me and depression zapped my motivation for so long. I've had the materials to do all this for quite sometime but the pike languished and became a piling place. Since then I've been going like the Tasmanian Devil and I'm going to ride this wave for all it's worth. To think I almost left this great hobby... Thanks for taking the time to read my blog and please comment if you find some value in it. It's always very gratifying to receive encouragement from my peers. As always, more to come...
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