We kept ourselves busy during the week up until the funeral, and for the past few days after. I tried to work on small things, mostly building the #6 turnouts I need, a few blog entries and on Wednesday I headed up to my friend Jim Fawcett's house to check out his layout space with some of the other guys in our group.
|I managed to build 5 more Fast Tracks #6 turnouts during some of my down time this week. Here is a #6 left hand turnout completed, with all the parts ready to be soldered for a right hand #6.|
Wednesday night a group of us showed up at Jim Fawcett's house (invited of course:) to help him out with feedback and some ideas for his design. Jim is building an HO version of the B&O's Old Main Line circa 1965. Craig Bisgeier, Dave Ramos, Henry Freeman, Ted Pamperin, Ralph Heiss and myself were in attendance and we helped Jim brainstorm to come up with ways to get his railroad built using the optimum amount of space, and as prototypical as possible. It was especially good to see Henry there because Henry is one of the more authoritative people out there when it comes to modeling the B&O.
|Here Jim is explaining what he's looking to do. Notice how Jim prepared for our visit by putting a proposed footprint of the layout on the floor with craft paper.|
|Here Ted Pamperin listens to Ralph Heiss giving his opinion on the design. Ted has a nice glass of Morris Code Chardonnay and at this point all he's hearing is "blah blah blah..blah blah.." ;)|
|On the other side of one wall was a storage area that also contained all the mechanicals for the house. We all agreed, including Jim, that staging could go along this wall and the helix would go into the far end.|
It was nice to get out for a while Wednesday, and it was fun to get up to Jim's to see what he's doing. It was one of the few bright spots in my week.