I almost titled this post as Moving Along – part 3, but we are beyond the moving phase. The Wheeling Freight Terminal layout sections got onto their legs this week! Well, not all of them are on their legs as a problem was discovered. The layout is slightly longer than the space. I will admit, I did not measure the room before we committed to the house rental but I also did not know the actual long dimension of the layout. Yup, I did a job on this one. Click on any image here to view a larger size.
I had thought the length was 16-feet but I was wrong. It is four inches longer and that doesn’t quite fit the space.
This photo illustrates the 48-inch length of the last section would fall in the door jamb for the closet. The layout isn’t narrow enough for this last part to fit into the closet opening, either. We cannot cut the wall and remove part of the door jamb, so we must get creative!
One of the layout sections is not built to the same 2×4 foot standard as five other sections. It’s a little narrower and four inches longer. Four inches will be removed from this end of the section. The steel ruler is marking the four inches that will be hacked from this layout part.
The tracks are tangent across this interface and remain tangent beyond the four inch section that will be removed. This should minimize any track kinks after the alterations are complete.
Here’s a closer look at the track area. The 10-inch mark on the ruler is the current interface between the two layout sections. The layout will be cut back to the 6-inch mark on the ruler and the track will be removed back to the 4-inch mark. A pair of 3-inch bridge tracks will be used to connect the rails. These will not be glued into place but float to minimize any problems with this interface.
A couple more tasks will be tackled after this work is complete. Then the bus wires will be connected and the DCC system will be reinstalled. The Wheeling Freight Terminal inches forward to operating in a new home.
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