Baseboard Update - Cork has arrived

After waiting for the 15m x 1m roll of cork to arrive, running out of my Pattex Classic rubbery glue on a Saturday evening after the shops shut (nothing's open on a Sunday), and getting rather sidetracked building my first modest "shed" out of plasticard and trying out some painting techniques, plus tea, and some work in between, and relaxing after such an exhausting schedule, I finally added some more supports and laid the cork.

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Baseboards update - Cork or Depron?

A few weeks since my last update due to work and travel, but finally I have finished off the baseboards at the running level. All the trackwork has been printed off or penciled on just to make sure everything's going to work well. A few adjustments and basically i'm happy with it. The only two elements which will need a bit more thought are some curves at both narrow ends of the room which I have not allowed enough clearance on the track plan and the wooden base is slightly too narrow. So they'll be redone.

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Getting the Station Baseboards up

The worst job so far is done, marking out and cutting plywood baseboards for the raised section, wood chips & dust everywhere. Now they're all in place, at the right height and level. Today is the first day i've really been able to see just how good a tool Anyrail is as I stuck the trackplan onto the new baseboards and it all fitted perfectly. Below you can start to visualise the south end of the station and the viaducts.

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Printing out the track plan 1:1

Just a quick update, being Sunday and Germany we're not allowed to make noise. Well drilling, sawing will get the non PG Tips drinking locals in a fluster, they won't do anything much as they're all nice folk. But when in Germany, do as the locals.

This evening I am uploading some of the aerial photos i've stitched together from www.britainfromabove.org.uk. It's in the gallery section.

So on the menu today was printing out the track plan in 1:1 scale (well 1:76). Then sticking 76 pieces of A4 together. My wife thought I had completely lost it, I was in a similar frame of mind.

The goal was to get a template for the viaduct trackbed and also the "ground level" baseboards. I'll trim the edges more tomorrow.

Looking at the plan full size also gave a much better perspective for making some tweaks. I took a picture from the stairs and stitched it together. The only pen I had was a purple highlighter, so not the best for photography. And of course as it's Sunday ALL the local shops are shut. The giant fern is not a part of the original trackplan, I was just too lazy to move it.

One thing I was pleased with is the radius of the curve at the south (right) end of the station. I spent some time over the past few weeks on Anyrail shortening the platforms in order to give me a more appealing curve. I can still fit a 10 coach train + loco in the station and the curve is about the minimum radius I would be happy with in the "scenic" area.


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Progress on getting the baseboards and frames up

Pleased to report that I found some PG Tips in Edeka. So suitably fortified set about finishing the baseboard base right around the room. Joining up the two ends over the staircase I achieved a level join, it was a bit like the Channel tunnel joining in the middle with millimeter precision, except rather than champagne, I had a nice strong cup of tea.

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Quick Baseboard Update

Here in Frankfurt the weather's been hot and humid, not good for two reasons...1) when it's sunny I have to go to the local open air swimming pool and "get out the house while the weather's nice" 2) by the time I get back in the house it's usually to hot and sticky to run around sawing wood, measuring everything twice, drilling and running up and down the stairs for cups of tea. To make matters worse i've run out of PG tips so I have had to make do with putting 2 x German "breakfast tea" teabags in a cup and waiting for ten minutes.



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Viaducts height and getting the trackbed level right

A little bit of actual progress to show. But mainly I have taken the track plan and accurately measured everything out. The best thing is that now I can mock up the actual height of the running lines and then measured, I gain space for another 2 x storage sidings.


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Sunday Afternoon Baseboard Progress

Since last weekend i've been travelling around Germany. Cologne then Magdeburg then back to Frankfurt. Today i've been upstairs adding more to the baseboards. Putting in the joists to be the foundation for the risers and then baseboards.



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