Friday 11 June 2021

Preparing for Summer

Most of the track on my small shelf layout is now built and both modules almost completely fitted with a very basic covering of kitchen rags, white glue and a light earth colour. Currently I'm planning for the next stages that I can hopefully begin to work on during the Summer.

With modules placed temporarily in the garden I begin to get a feel of the layout. Here the curve to the lorry ramp seen from what is usually the side facing the wall in the layout room.

My to do-list for the layout the coming weeks looks like this:

  • Locate folding tool
  • Bend up fishplates and fit to track
  • Finish and fit point lever to remaining turnout
  • Paint rails a rust colour
  • Ballast testing
  • Progress on loading ramp

All pretty basic tasks with all necessary supplies already available (except the difficult to locate folding tool). While railway modelling is entertaining, 1:1 preservation is both entertaining and sometimes stressful. Last year was not a good year for most preservation societies in Denmark due to the lock downs necessary to fight the corona pandemic.

With the pandemic under control in Denmark the 700 mm vintage railway I volunteer on could open for traffic as scheduled May 16. A number of chartered trains have also been running on the line, making it necessary to plan permanent way works carefully. Hopefully the railway will experience a trouble free season with a decent outcome.

Chartered train pulled by No. 3 (O&K 7459/1921) meets a permanent way train with M 30 (Diema 5145/1991) in track 2 at Brandhøj Station.
Railbus D 13 rolling gently into track 3 on Hedehusgård Station with Dannebrog flying from the station's flagpole.

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