Thursday, January 31, 2008

Monday evening I cut the second profile board for the backdrop at Glenrock. I sanded the plastic to give it some "tooth" so paint woulds adhere, then cleaned it (I wiped it with a damp towel a couple of times to remove the sanding dust). Tuesday my wife helped me install it on the layout.

Wednesday was, and Thursday will be, too busy with borough activities to work on the layout. Friday I hope to have time to add plastic putty at the joint between sections. Saturday is a Timonium day at the GSMTS. By Sunday evening, I hope to be ready to paint the profile board with the background hills that surround Glenrock.

Monday, January 28, 2008

The slow work continues. With the help of my wife, I got the two fascia sheets I'd started for Glenrock finish painted and installed. They look good! A photo will follow soon.

A friend came over to help work on the trains yesterday afternoon, and I'd planned to install the missing bit of subroadbed into Thermopolis from the helix, and install the plywood sheet for Thermopolis, but he ended up helping me install a new window instead.

Monday, January 21, 2008

I managed to find a few hours to work on the railroad the last few days. Last week was a bust - meetings every night except Wednesday, and that was filled with an operation session at someone else's house.

I managed to get two sections of fascia for Glenrock sanded over the weekend, and primed them tonight. I also cut one section of backdrop profile board for behind Glenrock. I may have an hour or two tomorrow night also. If so, I'll paint the fascia sections I primed, and maybe cut the second backdrop profile section.

Friday, January 11, 2008

I picked up my four sheets of polystyrene last night. I should be well set with backdrop material for some time to come!

I also received QSI upgrade chips for my BLI heavy Mikes. Those came out over a year ago, I think, but I only just now got around to buying them. Hopefully I'll be able to get them installed soon.

We've got a full weekend of working on the house planned, but maybe I can steal an hour or two and get to the basement to work on the trains.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Happy New Year, everyone!

I've been sworn in on Borough Council, and that is, as expected, taking quite a bit of time.

I have been able to do a little bit of work on the layout, though. I ordered four sheets of polystyrene for the backdrops. I'll be picking that up this evening. Four sheets should last for awhile. Last night I cut the next section of masonite for the fascia. All I need to do is trim the top edge to a decent ground contour and it will be ready for mounting. Following that I'll mount another eight feet of backdrop, then install the backdrop profile sheets behind Glenrock.