"Somewhere in England" N Scale World War 2 Railroad

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Looking along the main line.

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Post by armyairforce » Mon Sep 12, 2022 12:42 pm

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Post by armyairforce » Mon Sep 12, 2022 12:45 pm

The yard and station sections were then returned to the workshop, so I could access the underside and make the wire changes and reprogram the initalise points and route point throws. They all seemed ok and it appeared there was just enough room to allow the airfield to be brought in and connected briefly to give one final check for both panels working together.

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Re: "Somewhere in England" N Scale World War 2 Railroad

Post by armyairforce » Sun Sep 18, 2022 12:21 pm

April 27th 2016

Needing space in my workshop and garage again, it was time to load the layout in the trailer until the trip to the customer could be arranged. I knew space was going to be tight, but had a rough idea how I planned to load the sections.

First in was the quayside across the rear of the trailer. The short legs on the sections were used to screw them to the floor with metal angle brackets.

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The airfield was at the front of the trailer, pushed against the side wall, with the board for the runaround loop tucked behind.

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Post by armyairforce » Sun Sep 18, 2022 12:23 pm

The backscenes were wrapped and laid on the floor in front of the airfield, and the station section went over the top. The small gap left by the door had the two long narrow runaround sections that fasten to the rear of the airfield and station.

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Post by armyairforce » Sun Sep 18, 2022 12:28 pm

There wasn't quite the width left to mount the yard the right way up, so I had to make a cradle to support it on edge. Space to get in and fix it down was also limited, so I built it onto a long flat board, and before putting it in the trailer, screwed a wooden box structure to the floor, that the far end of the yard board would slot into. This kept the far end still, meaning I only had the reach the near end to fix it down.

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After that, it was time to research ferry prices and work out a delivery date. My workshop was looking quite empty, though still a bit of a bomb site. That needed a top to bottom clean, chuck out and return tools to their proper homes. With the layout in there, a number of cupboards were not accessible, so many tools ended up living on the floor under the layout.
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Re: "Somewhere in England" N Scale World War 2 Railroad

Post by armyairforce » Tue Sep 20, 2022 1:54 am

May 26th 2016

On May 26th, we set off for Ireland and delivered the layout to its new owner. Since we were over there, we stayed a few extra days and made a mini holiday out of it, visiting both Southern and Northern Ireland, arriving back home on May 31st.

It wasn't until a couple of months later that I got some pictures from the owner, with the layout assembled. This was the first time I'd seen the whole layout assembled, as my workshop was only big enough to get a couple of sections at a time joined.

That brings me to the end of the story.

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Re: "Somewhere in England" N Scale World War 2 Railroad

Post by chibobber » Tue Sep 20, 2022 6:01 am

One heck of a ride. Great work.

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Post by armyairforce » Tue Sep 20, 2022 10:25 am

Thanks. It was a fantastic experience.
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Re: "Somewhere in England" N Scale World War 2 Railroad

Post by Lee Bishop » Wed Sep 21, 2022 4:28 pm

armyairforce wrote:
Tue Sep 20, 2022 10:25 am
Thanks. It was a fantastic experience.
I'm sure it was. Thank you for posting all this!
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Re: "Somewhere in England" N Scale World War 2 Railroad

Post by armyairforce » Thu Sep 22, 2022 6:26 am

Cheers. I'd still like to build a small US, WW2 layout for myself, but right now, I've got too many hobbies and not enough time or space. I've still got all my British and US N scale rolling stock, so perhaps one day, but not for the foreseeable future.
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