Chris Gadsby,

Staff Writer

Model Rail (UK) - - Backscene -

Rather fool­ishly I’ve de­cided to ig­nore the ad­vice to ‘start small’ and have be­gun work on my first lay­out. A mere 20ft by 10ft, it in­cor­po­rates the ma­jor­ity of Cardiff Cen­tral sta­tion (mi­nus the two val­leys lines on plat­forms 7 and 8), the Chirk Viaduct and aque­duct, a canal basin as the ter­mi­nus of a nar­row gauge sec­tion, a town scene with multi-lay­ered sta­tion and a large de­pot com­plete with turntable. Thanks go to my dad for the use of his large loft! It’s only taken me three months of work­ing at Model Rail for this project to re­ally get off the ground, and it was fast­tracked when I bought a lay­out from a gen­tle­man whose fail­ing eye­sight sadly pre­cluded him from be­ing able to use it. I gained plenty of track, two lo­co­mo­tives, 15 wag­ons and coaches, Hornby Rail­mas­ter soft­ware with elink con­troller and an ex­tremely large col­lec­tion of build­ings. Hav­ing ev­ery­thing in stock be­fore the base­boards were erected has ac­cel­er­ated the process as I haven’t had to wait for items to be de­liv­ered. The next job is to put DCC de­coders into the lo­co­mo­tives and get the track wired up, but at least now I have some se­ri­ous mod­el­ling hours to put in the box below! Mod­el­ling hours: 40 Note to self: Slow it down, write it down and learn from it!

My Cardiff Cen­tral track plan, mi­nus plat­forms 7 and 8.

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