Tuesday, January 8, 2013
If You Build It...
Although I have "big picture" plans to model the Willow Grove (Millvale, PA) area, I have decided that a test layout is called for first. A test layout will allow me to experiment with track and scenery techniques in T-gauge. You see, although I have done a great deal of work on rolling stock, I have not done much (or any) layout modelling in 1:450 scale! Time to get busy, as they say. I intend to make just a simple loop on a small 24"x36" table, but throw in some prototype references based on another B&O prototype (Etna PA). The layout will be portable as well, and I hope to display it at some train shows and thereby help to "get the word out" on T-gauge.
In the picture you see the highly complex benchwork and layout base ;-). It's actually just some very cheap plastic shelving, glued with construction adhesive to the bottom of a piece of pink foam board. The legs are drilled through with some 1-1/2-in metal screws to hold them secure.