a bit more progress has been made today. A problematic crossover at the front of the layout was deleted, and the battery loco which repeatedly stalled there has had more weight put in the body, greatly enhancing performance. Wiring (12 volt DC and 12 volt AC for the single light shade) which had previously been temporary has been made permanent.
While I still have scenicing and detailing to do, thoughts are now turning towards presentation of the final layout. One thought, a little different from the usual buff or black edging, is to make a removable heavy styrene box that has historical images of workers and diggings at La Brea (or old lithographs showing mammoths and sabre-tooth tigers mired in the tarpits) around it.
As we are stretching the realms of what could be real by squeezing so much railway into such a small space, I am thinking that it is informative/scene-setting for viewers to see a layout presented in such a way.
Or is it going to be too distracting? I could give it a go (the layout box will be removable) so maybe there is much to be gained and not much lost in trying?
What do you think?
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