As I was putting together (well, really, updating) a presentation on Modeling the Valley Local that I'll be doing tomorrow for the NMRA's NCR Division 2 (way out in Michigan! Thank goodness for Zoom...), I came across the following slide:
And I realized with everything going on last month, I'd totally blown past the 10 year anniversary of starting this layout(!)
So, albeit a little belated, here are a few fun photos from the early(est) days . . .
|October 29, 2011|
With Randy's help, I'd developed a rough trackplan, but most of the final planning was done with full size mockups on the floor like this. This will be Middletown, with a "typical" Valley Local for scale.
|Looking back toward the peninsula, with Wethersfield roughed in on the far side.|
|Another view of the Wethersfield/Rocky Hill peninsula, with Rocky Hill being mocked-up.|
First benchwork going up - so maybe I'm actually 6 days early for a 10 yr anniversary? :^)
View toward Middletown, with Rosie supervising.
Looking toward Rocky Hill & the peninsula.
|Using all this info, I drew outlines around the track and proposed building footprints to determine the subroadbed/plywood cuts. This is Dividend looking toward the Goff Brook/Wethersfield end/side of the peninsula.|
|Then it was "just" a matter of cutting up the paper and arranging the cutouts on plywood in cookie-cutter fashion . . .|
|. . . then lay it on the benchwork. This is looking toward the "neck" of the peninsula - Rocky Hill on the left and Wethersfield on the right.|
|New Year's Eve - December 31, 2011|
This was an ill-fated experiment in raising the layout to eye level. As you can see, given the benchwork/girder height, it would have required really long risers!
I'm glad I rethought this idea.
|January 3, 2012|
Speaking of risers, with the coming of the new year - and all the subroadbed cut for the layout in the "main" room - it was time to set up a "riser construction workstation." For that, I needed a chop saw, wood glue, clamps, and LOTS of 1x2 & 1x1 material.