I took a trip to Brisbane last weekend to help out on a friend’s layout at the Strathpine exhibition. It’s a great little suburban exhibition that has quite a growing reputation for attracting quality layouts. It’s the first time I’ve attended so I have no previous years to compare it to however I did see some excellent QR outline layouts including my friend Peter Krause’s Samford. While I was at the exhibition I took the opportunity to drop by the Wuiske Models stand which provided me with an opportunity to take a look at a Haskell NA. I purchased the NA eventually, after I managed to get Adam Wiuske’s attention by waving my credit card under his nose and carried my purchase home in the expectation that I could drop a DCC decoder into it and have something to run over my quickly expanding NG empire.
I spent the week doing what I’ve done a lot over the past 2 years as I’ve built Morpeth: spend money on wood, track, rail and electronic bits and pieces. In spite of a seemingly endless number of phone calls and online orders I’m stuck half way through three or four different jobs in commencing the NG section of the layout but have stalled on all of them while I wait for supplies to arrive. I seem to start something, make some progress and then find I need something I don’t have on hand. This never fails to surprise me because I had a whole lot of crap in store to carry on my hobby but I still always seem to be short of some vital ingredient. The NA is a good example in that I want to install some red LEDs into two of the marker lights but don’t have any of the correct sort so I’m waiting for some to arrive in the mail.
This morning I cut some 12mm ply up to form the curve that will be the bottom of the horse shoe taking trains from the Raworth exchange yard round to Barren Jack. I’m very happy with the use this is making of this space which up till now was essentially a dead zone. I don’t know how much use and attention this small NG extension will get over the longer term but it’s achieved one of my aims and that is to give me another industry to deliver wagons to in Raworth. The exchange shed will serve as this industry and the NG line will become another job for operators to undertake during operations.
All I need is an operating loco and a few bits of rolling stock.