As of this last weekend’s progress, we see light at the end of the tunnel, and it isn’t blowing a horn!
The stud walls are finished. We view the Kayford valley where David located the last Kayford spline roadbed. Behind the camera is the “blob” of Kayford, and just ahead, past the dog leg and people tunnel to the right, resides the town of Brooks. Along the right we see the start and end of fascia. Between the two ends this entire area will be in another “people tunnel”, one fairly narrow that some may choose to navigate sideways. David plans to “daylight” the sides of these two long tunnels so operators can follow their trains and to make track cleaning a lot easier. Elevated DCC bus wires on the right will be hidden by the tunnel liner. I didn’t want us to run them through the same shelf bracket holes as a telephone wire bundles, to avoid coupling a DCC buzzing sound in the phone system.
One of three emergency exits can be seen on the right side below track level.
Vince continued to lay rails in the town of Kayford. Here we look through an equipment access porthole located on the end of the “blob.” To the left we see the base assembly for the A&O 1.0 operating Kayford coal loader. Foreground ties are the mainline and a passing siding, to be hidden behind a rising mountain. When Vince finishes, David will build in place a 3-way and a double slip switch just behind the black cardboard tray.
Bill made base cabinets for the Ohio River bridge. The top of these cabinets represent water level. There was some discussion of mounting a large A&O logo on the front of the rightmost cabinet.
We spent quite some time staring at these cabinets. With their installation we shared a real sense of nearness to a major milestone. We also observed that a first-time visitor standing in the crew lounge will not be able to anticipate the entirety of the layout. A long walking tour through the labyrinth will be required!
Ceiling-high partition walls worked well on A&O 1.0 and made the layout feel a lot bigger, with a tremendous sense of isolation and standing in a scene. When can we start scenery, David?