With only a few weeks to the exhibition in Rodgau, I wanted to give the flooded quarry pits a nice prototypical look: Turquoise.
There is a large warehouse on the property of Wisconsin Building Supply in Sussex (WBS). If I would model the scene exactly to scale, I wouldn’t have to bother with it. But I wanted to have it on the module and moved it closer to the rails.
There are two buildings on the Wisconsin Building Supply (WBS) lot, that visible in the modelled section. Right behind the fence, near the WBS spur is a “small” warehouse. It has a simple shape and is not too hard to build. Only drawback: It is positioned right above the joint of two modules, so it has to be removed for transport and storage.
When I studied the satellite imagery of the area, I noticed that there is a ramp near the track on the lot of Wisconsin Building Supply. I was surprised. I had not noticed it before. But I like the idea. This makes a great spot for a second car that can be delivered there.
The ground cover had enough time to dry and I could finally start with something of a higher level: The fence for WBS.
The module has been used at a few meetings in 2017. This month I found the time to continue my work on the landscape. I wanted to mimic the look of an active lime stone quarry, where some rubble has been dumped. But I started with ballasting the track.
After laying the track I started to create the base of the scenery. As a visual key feature this module should contain flooded quarry pits on two of the segments. A ramp leads from one segment into the first pit on the next segment.
After completing the woodwork, I installed the track on the segments for my new module. For an easy setup I installed positioning dowels between all segments before laying the track.
Ad the end of the modules I use a 3 mm piece of beech cut to length to bridge the plywood cover and the module ends. A piece if PCB-ties is glued to this piece with an epoxy glue. For the mainline I add a strip of 3 mm cork as a roadbed. The spurs are directly glued to the plywood thus they are 3 mm below main line level. I am lazy and use my orbital sander to create the transition between mainline level and the plywood.
Just line modules, he said.
Last weekend we had a construction meeting. Dirk was so kind to let us occupy is garage and workshop. A few days before I brought my workbench and some power tools and Dirk prepared all the parts we would need.
Dirk hand built a jig to build curved modules and we used it to build curves with a track radius of 160 cm and an angle of 30 °. My son and I built four curved, three 90 cm straight and a 45 cm straight module.
For a long time, I had the idea to build a module with a quarry. Sometimes I just draw a track plan and later look for a matching prototype. This has proven to be very inefficient. The proper way seems to be finding a prototype and creating a concept and track plan to create it as a model. That’s what I did for this module.