Today I wired up about half of my HCD layout, and started testing my trackwork only to discover that one rail was sitting a little high, causing the pilot truck to derail. I cleaned up the bump, and derailment continued. I then realized that the pilot truck was hitting the MTL 905 that I installed. I would up cutting off the back of the coupler box, and everything is working fine.
My daughter’s Micro-trains SW1500 ran over the bump without any issues. My SW on the other hand sounds like a coffee grinder, and I am sure has something bent. I took the loco all the way apart and could not find the cause.
Tonight I laid a garden track and the lead to the turntable. I also mocked up the last three sidings. There is a pocket track for the team track on the front of the layout. As of right now, it is long enough to hold three random Micro Trains forty foot cars (I tested it with both my 1972 series cars and my weathered Southern Pacific wooden cars). I plan to put a freight depot near the engine house, and I plan to either stick the depot down the siding that runs off of the current layout.
Pardon the mess, playing around with how things fit.
At this point, I am really thinking about scrapping the switching layout and rebuilding it as a doormino. I can get a pair of 18 inch folding doors and cover them in the same foam, making it more uniform, and by adding a switch or two, I can make the switching area more interesting. The second door can be used as a large staging area/freight yard. By having a doormino standard, I could swap them out or make a longer layout.
The second largest magazine in the hobby is mentioning my work on their Facebook page
Since the Southern Pacific took over the Pacific Coast Railway, they started to improve the facilities of Santa Ynez. Here we see the newest addition to the yard, an 80 foot turntable taking PCRY 136 for a spin.
Soon, the fuel storage will be upgraded.