HO layout Progress – The first 2 boxes for the west wall yard area

The track laying group of Wayne, Phil and Keith started work on the completed box designs provided by Chris and John. Pictures are shown below. The process was to lay foam first. This allows us to ultimately dig down below track level for trackside scenery without disturbing the wood baseboard. It turns out that its really good for fixing pins for laying the track and the cork! a side benefit not thought about beforehand…

After the foam came the sheet cork, painted black in the pictures. This is the road bed for the yard area. The main lines had an extra layer to raise the level of the main lines.

Then the track. Turnouts were positioned using the full size print outs of the layout plan. Holes drilled for the control arm and frog supply wire, turnouts wired so that the frog could be electrified and switchblades permanently linked to adjacent rails electrically.

Track was glued in position avoiding unsightly track pins. Track was connected using steel rail joiners. Section gaps will later be cut by a dremel cutter wheel.

foam glued down with boxes of weights on them to ensure a flat surface
Phil and Don helping smooth the foam surface before laying cork roadbed
cork in sheets were layed first. This is the yard area. Track and turnouts positions were tracked from using a full size printed template of the layout
layout template print out example. This was laid on the box surface and holes punched through for the track position
more cork laying on the second box and the turnouts were preset up with cuts to allow control of frog polarity and a separate wire for the frog.
track started to be laid. track on this section was glued down. Turnouts had predrilled holes underneath for the switchblade control arm and access to the frog
more track being laid on the second box. Note that we have cork road bed onto top of cork sheeting for the main lines. All sidings and yard is a slightly lower level