Usually after a Steel Mill Modeler's Meet I hit the scratchbuilding hard. This year is a little different as I left the meet inspired as always, but also with a sense of urgency in regards to the actual physical plant of my railroad. Next years meet will be held here in South Jersey and I am involved in a lot of the planning. I also expect my layout to be on the tour list so, for the past month, and for the immediate future, the focus is on getting my bench work, soffit and fascias finished, track laid, and wiring semi-completed. I would say the final trackwork plan is about 95% complete, at least in my mind, with only a few areas left with some thinking involved. That being said, I need to get the track down, wired, and switch machines up - a big task. Not to mention so basic scenery and maybe finish a structure or two by next September. So as you will see from the photos, the work of late, involves these sort of tasks.
|Inside of partially finished control panel for "PORT". A DCC Specialities PSX circuit breaker board and track feeder terminal strips.|
|Black Fascia in "PORT" area - note control panel on far left, followed by card card holder, DCC jack, and DCC controller and holder. A New York Central FM unit sits on the paved commodities pier.|
|Structolite over plaster cloth and cardboard strips|
Even getting this work done, I still occasionally get the itch for building - I threw together a classic Atlas Signal Tower kit and added some lighting to it too. This tower will control the wye area in the Lower Works, undoubtedly the busiest section of trackwork on the layout.
|LW TOWER, maybe|
Finally - RIP Griffen Pipe Foundry, Florence, NJ - only the cupolas remain, but not for too much longer.
|GRIFFEN PIPE - RIP|