Mount Albert Tramway consists of four standard baseboards and a small jointing section, and was designed from the start for ease of transportation. This was achieved by:
- one man/woman lift sizes & weights
- light weight and strength by using plywood construction
- must fit into my small hatchback.
- Board 1 is the house section sitting on the floor. It is carried hanging from one hand. The backplate for the house is right on the point-of-balance. I would like to claim it was designed that way but I would be fibbing.
From the right:
- Board 2 is the tunnel and fiddle yard section
- Boards 3 & 4 are carried bolted face to face. Sitting on top are two low relief houses that bolt onto the sides of Baseboard 4. They are carried taped face to face.
- All the removables, rolling stock and tools are carried in the plastic four drawer lowboy. It had wheels but they only lasted one exhibition. Sitting on top is the joiner section.
- And finally all the legs.
1. Park at hall.
2. Locate layout site carrying lowboy and all legs slung over shoulder.
3. Carry in BB 1.
4. Carry in BB 2 with joiner balanced on top.
5. Carry in BB 3 & 4 with houses balanced on top
Note between each trip, stop have a natter with the other exhibitors as they arrive. If the wife is there only two trips each are required.
My entry in the strangest shape baseboard contest. The best that can be said about the design is that it has two sides that are parallel. It was a challenge to construct. There are no right angles which was either aided or not by my basic woodworking skills. I'm not sure which.
During transport the layout has only suffered minor damage to the fences which line the edges of several of the baseboards. I put this down primarilly to the baseboards being light, small and easy to carry.