I finally had a vacation, and I made sure I put aside a couple of days to get down to my Dad's house to work on the layout. Priorities ya-know...
The first day I got down there my Father-in-Law finally made it down also to see the layout. It was his first time seeing it in person. His first impression was that it's alot BIGGER then he thought. It's not a full basement empire but I would consider it a medium sized layout, 13'x16'. Being that he's a master custom cabinetry maker by trade, he had to get his hands on a part of the layout and help out. I'll get to that in a future post.
The main section that I worked on the first day was the upper most level town area. I am going to name it Manayunk-Roxborough region. This can be found just west of Philadelphia, in the "real" world. I have a team track planned for this town. Here's the first configuration of the structures. If anyone has any other suggestions please chime in.
It's pretty straight forward. There will be a fence around the area with alot more detail once the ground cover is applied.
This is the area in relation to the Greenlane Bridge. I still have some detail to add to the bridge and paint it. Then add the weathering. Eventually I'll build catenary towers going across the spans, like the prototype.
This next photo is taken before I adjusted the track. It now runs straighter, ending about where the pin vise is at. This move allowed more room for the road coming up the hill and also a longer straight track to unload boxcars and such.
The blue foam is a pop that will have a small church and store on it, to represent the beginnings of a town. The black marker lines will be where a road is. It will run toward the edge of the backdrop and disappear behind a few hills.
This is a quick [URL="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOTQGgISkR0"]VIDEO[/URL] of the area.
There's more pix and videos to come...