Monday, September 6, 2010

Mega progess over the weekend

I got loads done over the weekend, mostly saturday. I decided to start converting Boston Lodge to DCC. I then ended up, removing the board from the frame, repacing the board, adjesting the frame so it is rectangular like the others, adding a new baseboard, new back (the old back was a bit flimsy) then i started to lay the track and adding feeds etc. I'm now trying to list what i need, and how much money i have got to spend.
I'm now thinking of not having a harbor station, maybe a Blaenau Ffestinog or Llanfair Caereinion (from the Welshpool and Llanfair Railway. Unsure yet. Also i went to Llanfair to the G scale Gala (and i'm glad i don't do that scale, £2300 for a Garrat and a locomotive in 009 is the same price as a point in G) Whilst we where a stone throw away from the WLLR, we went to their Gala. Chaveleir, The Earl and The Countess where pulling regular (usually late) passenger serivce with Dougal (a tiny engine that can only haul 1 half full carriage) chuffing around in the background. We took a trip to welshpool in one of the three carriages that Boston Lodge built for them.
Just for a laugh, i was on the way home from work when i had a chat with a Guard on the Ffestiniog (he prefers the WHR). He said that he has a amazing modernisation plan for the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland which is... closing the FR from Tan y Bwlch to Blaenau (but still keeping the track to dduallt) then scrap all of the un-economical engines (all the steam ones) and stations/sections that do not make money, i then replied
"So, basically, your modernisation plan is to close the WHR, and only run services to Tan Y Bwlch?"
"Erm.... yeah" he replied
Here are some photos of the layout and WLLR Gala

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