I’ve made some steady progress this past week on the planked deck for the wooden pier at Morpeth. The core of the straight length of this structure is a 1.1mX220mm piece of 4mm thick plywood that I cut to size quite a while ago. I made some slight adjustments to this piece of ply last weekend and then started the task of covering it in a layer of detailed strip wood.
In the planning stages of this project (at least 2 years ago) I made the decision that I couldn’t cram in a set of points onto the pier to allow the passage of locomotives and wagons onto to the two lines I planned to run on it. The prototype at Coffs Harbour had points on the deck but I just didn’t have enough length to allow this. I came to the decision that I could live with a single line running from the layout out onto the pier and the other line would essentially be a short length of straight track that would be confined to the pier itself with no direct connection to the mainland. The plan is to use this line for a scratchbuilt crane “contraption” that will shuffle back and forth along the rails with the other line running out to the pier by a curved trestle and onto an adjacent line. This is the reason this planked deck is wide enough for two lines but the trestle only carries a single line. The effect I’m after is something like this…
After finishing the decking on my pier surface I turned the 4mm ply over and got to work installing the underside beams that will allow the wooden trestles to hold it above the water’s surface. I ran three longitudinal beams down the length of the pier and then glued 45 corbels to these in 9 different spots I’d pre-marked on the underside of the plywood.
I couldn’t resist plonking the ship’s hull next to the pier to see what it looked like. I’d cut the bottom off this structure some time ago and it had sat forlornly in my modelling room waiting to be launched. It will be built as the final major project for this layout. Who says a layout isn’t ever finished? 🙂