The layout has been provisionally named “OAP CENTRAL”.
There is a core team of four with additional input from a couple of other members.
The trackplan occupies three baseboards, constructed in the traditional manner with softwood frames, folding legs and ply tops. The three main boards each measure 4ft 6in by 2ft 6in, with an additional small extension fiddle-yard board 2ft 6in by 1ft.
The above schematic shows the track layout (not to scale).
To date all track has been laid on cork trackbed; point motors have been installed and tested and both tender and tank locos (members’ stock) have been test run over the entire layout. The layout is being wired for both analogue and DCC operation (board wiring is nearing completion), and a control panel is being constructed from which both track section switching and point operation can be controlled.
Following completion and testing of the electrics, the tops of the baseboards will be painted prior to track ballasting.
Structures planned for the layout include a small station, goods shed, loco shed and signal box.
It is planned that the layout’s first public outing will be at the Club’s annual show in August 2017.
UPDATE JUNE 2017
Construction of the baseboards has been completed, all track has been laid and ballasted.
Wiring is near completion, and is under testing. The control panel, with mimic diagram, has been built and is being installed – it features control and status indication for both track sections and points. The layout will be wired for either analogue or DCC operation.
The station platform is being built and scratchbuilt buffer stops and coal staithes (with real coal!) are being constructed. A Bachmann loco shed has been acquired, and the purchase of more full- and low-relief kits (Skytrex) is planned – hopefully at the forthcoming GC Model Event.
It is expected that the above will be incorporated into the layout in time for the Club Show in August, where it will be exhibited as a work in progress.
Partially completed OAP Central being viewed by the Mayor of Milton Keynes at our August 2017 exhibition.
Partially completed OAP Central Milton Keynes Model Railway Society Exhibition in February 2018.