A couple of weeks ago I was testing my little Heap layout, shunting a couple of wagons back and forth and found as I switched around watching my little engine bustle about the board, a part of me was just wanting to watch it go off trundling on its own...that coupled with a dodgy 009 point frog sealed the layouts fate...it's now sat in the garage awaiting a new point on order form a local store. I am also straightening out my 3x2 base board as it seems to have sadly warped in the garage leaning against the wall...oops!
To pass the time, I have reached into my modelling fund and bought up a circle of 103mm radius Tomix track. With this I hope to build a small pizza layout, incorporating scenic features of my planned larger model, treating it as both a warm-up to the bigger long-term layout and to use it as a test track to play with my Gnine stock.
Using Tomix track demonstrates it's own merits in previous threads, it's a really simple product to use, and the radius keeps the final layout size down, meaning I can work on it with ease in front of the TV in the evening, and store it up on a shelf when it's not being worked on.
Here is a photo of what I have done so far;
Track is wired, painted and operational, with my engine and stock working extremely well in both directions...no derailments or dramas...almost disappointing
The base is layers of corrugated card from fruit boxes, they are surprisingly strong, although of course that is a good thing, I decided to build up some of the land using off-cuts etc, so that the layout had some dimension to it!
All I intend to do now is scatter a bit of grass down...yup, just some greenery as I have not quite decided what I'd like to feature in the centre – I had built a workshop out of balsa...but it's too large for this...if anyone has a suggestion I'd love some inspiration please.
So here we are, getting something...well actually GOT something running in Gnine, just need to make it look pretty now