Since last we chatted, I've gotten 99% of the yard at Ridgeley installed, with switches wired and mechanically connected.
|East end yard throat|
|West end yard throat|
I'm really looking forward to this session, it will be the first opportunity to try out the systems that I've put in place, and the first peek at the finished track plan for my regular crew. I'm hoping the feedback I get doesn't involve any major upheavals.
Part of the fun will be running a "Private Varnish" special around the layout, wherein members of my crew, plus a few other fans are sending or bringing representative passenger cars from their layouts. The first two arrived earlier this week:
The car on the left is an SNCF (French National Railways) coach that was shipped in from a fan in Germany, and the other is a Pennsylvania Railroad full dome (yes, it's a foobie!) from a fan who's layout is based on a contemporary "What If" version of the PRR that spans the continent. I'm expecting a few more to arrive Sunday afternoon.
Look for a full report of the festivities sometime next week.