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September 6th – At last I can see the layout as it will be for the exhibition (almost).
September 5th – After a lot of hassle (due to the use of the wrong type of paint) the two end "wing" are ready to be put into place.
September 3rd – Having said that I would not bother with the loco area yard lights, I could not resist the temptation! September 2nd – The good news is that the Brawa yard lights, although no longer manufactured, still abound on the Web so I managed to get some from Model Masters. August 29th – All my lighting, for now, is in position (though two lamps are not working at the moment) meaning that all interior lighting is now led. August 25th – The layout has been dismantled now so that we could get it back up to my room for wiring updates. August 23rd – During the last couple of days I've been adding that botanical opportunist, gorse, to the empty areas around the layout. August 19th – The layout has been transferred to the spare bedroom so now SWMBO has access to her kitchen table again!
August 6th – Today I painted the baseboard in the areas between and around most of the station tracks using Woodland Scenics Ground Primer. July 28th (2) (later the same day) – A friend has painted the backdrop with a sunrise sky. July 23rd – We moved the layout down to the kitchen table this evening so, for the first time, I was able to really see what it looked like from the front.
July 21st (2) – having nothing better to do, I decided to add some grass to the down end tunnel module. July 21st (1) – I know it's not a lot but I started on the background landscape a couple of days ago.
July 15th – Following some viewer comments, my own dissatisfaction with the down end quadrant and seeing the landscape along the side of Loch Carron on the Kyle line, I decided to replace the pines with a few more broadleaf trees. July 11th – It's been a long time but I virtually shut down on trains for health, and other, reasons. Feb 21st – Well, that's another layer added, It's a slow process as for every additional piece added I have to leave it to allow the adhesive to dry.
Jan 14th – There has been no visible progress on the layout since I smashed those signals. 2010 Jan 1st – Enlarged image of track plan showing latest arrangement of signals added above. Choosing Z ScaleIf you are considering choosing Z scale trains for your model railroad, here are some thoughts to keep in mind.Availability - The popularity of Z scale is steadily growing, but product availability remains somewhat limited. Cost - Many Z scale models are comparably priced with N or HO scales, at least in the mid-to-high price ranges. Size - Z scale's tiny size makes it well suited for portable layouts or conversation pieces like a model railroad inside a coffee table. Operation - Most Z scale layouts tend to focus on continuous running as opposed to switching or prototype operations. There was hardly a minute when something wasn't running, and quite often (especially when children were present) three trains would be running at once. During the process of moving the layout down from my workbench (upstairs) to a table (downstairs) I took the opportunity to take this satellite view.
Having turned round the layout (a major hassle) to replace a defective signal, I took the opportunity to add some more scenic detail (not a lot). I had toyed with the idea of keeping them full height right to the front of the layout but decided to slope them down to avoid a box like effect.
This part of the layout has always been a bit dodgy, with locos stalling, so I decided to add a Relco unit that could be switched in and out. Much of this ground cover has been painted with bright cadmium yellow to emulate flowers, which will place the time of year in early spring. All grassy areas have been planted (apart from the fact that I haven't quite decided what to do with the back of the background). I have mocked up the layout (with buildings not fixed down) and used a good camera and flashgun (not quite properly set up) to get a few 'good' photos. However, the paint used will make an excellent finish for the surface of the platforms (the current plastic ones are to be ditched and replaced by wood). Once that has been done, I need to address the road coming from the (yet to be modelled) bridge leading to the main part of Breitenfurt town. First I Purchased three thick sheets of card and had then covered in 3 coats of gesso to give a good smooth white surface ready for painting with acrylics.
Quite a complicated task as the bottom had to be carved in such a way as to clear all tracks running through and behind the backdrop. These just span 3 tracks in Z so, although they will look horribly chunky, they will give me a good length of train shed and I can get rid of those awful modern platform roofs. In addition, as the views shown so far have been from the operator's side of the layout, I have posted my view of the modified quadrant (image 1) as well as some views as seen from the front of the layout (images 2 to 4). I've been putting off the day but now that I have a couple of exhibitions coming up I cannot put it off any longer.
This will only be loosely fitted in place for the time being so that I can work on the area round the station without catching sleeves on signals etc. What with family visiting, two concerts, one of which was especially challenging, and then a hospital visit for a few days, I haven't felt like doing much else. The layout behaved very well and I have come home without having to quarantine any of my stock.

They show off many of the early locomotives as well as some of the more interesting later ones.
The last minute struggle to get the layout all working for the Moray MRG exhibition at Easter and the subsequent loss and recovery of my laptop, along with a family visit and lead-ups to two concerts etc. There is still some more carving to be done but the pictures give a feel for what I have planned.
This will consist of two sheets of 4mm plywood, hinged in such a way as to drop down in front of the supporting table so that they can carry additional information on trains running etc. There is one more layer to be added and then I can have a look at the other end of the layout. There will not be room for the three buildings next to the loco road unless I start hacking the buildings about to make them shallower. However, I have managed to acquire several new signals at very reasonable prices (including some at half price) so I will probably replace some of the old Marklin ones with Viessmann built ones.
Micro-Trains and Marklin are the two biggest manufacturers of Z scale American and European trains respectively. Although working knuckle couplers are an option, the small size of Z does make switching cars reliably more challenging.
Children especially liked the branch line as it had the 'peek-a-boo' effect as the trains disappeared and reappeared and then a different train would appeared out of nowhere. Depending on the weather I intend to leave at lunchtime so as to do as much of the journey as possible in daylight. Put into place have been a wall protecting the road going up the hill, fencing around the freight yard, a wall with a gate at the entry to the loco yard and street lighting is back and ready to be wired up again. Some lighting has been added to the station platforms but, as I am still trying to decide about a train shed the ends near the station building are still unlit. The last lot of trees are going into position (between the feeder to the loco coaling facility and the street). I thought, while I has it up on its front, that I would give you an opportunity to see what it all look s like underneath. I am especially pleased with that siding by the loco yard – it makes it look as if it rarely used and will soon be completely covered with gorse. The changes from the last message are fairly minimal but I won't be working on the layout for a couple of days so I thought I would do a quick update.
The freight yard is black emery cloth (a very fine sort of sandpaper) while cobblestones (printed on 160gsm card) are used for the station yard and the street. The afforestation is nearly complete but I cannot tell until I can swing the control panel over the two background sections, hopefully in the next couple of days.
The areas around the freight and loco sheds will, hopefully, be covered with cinders and the hill will be an asphalt finish (similar to modern roads).
The second photo was taken through a mirror placed at the front of the layout as I can only work from the back at the present time. As seen by the public this will look like managed woodland with the trees well spaced out and with the smaller trees acting as wind breaks when the taller ones were saplings. So over the last couple of days I have been applying earth, green and rock grey undercoats to my two front corner quadrants. The rather odd looking wagon in front of the turntable is a sleeper creosote impregnation wagon with steam pressure generator. Most of this is blasted rock and the track bed for the branch line can be seen half way up together with the position of the tunnel mouth.
During the week I cut out a plywood shape and mounted it on the base of the landscape (see picture).
The idea is to have the whole lot heavily forested with the back-scene coming up behind that. As this is essentially an exhibition layout it is important that the appearance changes between exhibitions, i.e. The river will have carved the valley out eons ago, forming a deep channel with almost vertical sides. This will consist of a 6" (15cm) high strip of thin plywood attached to the front of the baseboard using a piano hinge at the bottom.
That should give me some spare bases that I can repair in slow time using those kits I bought.
As a compromise for operations, rails, wheels and couplers are usually somewhat over sized. It is not recommended for children.Space - You can fit a Z scale layout in a large brief case.
Also, with its small proportions, you have a big advantage in creating large scenes and running long trains. Of course, the effect was lost when they came round the side of the layout to see what was behind. On the layout track 4 had a section that appeared to have gone narrow gauge as it lifted locos and coaches and, often, derailed them, even at slow speeds. In addition, the buildings along the road are now firmly fixed in place and ready for internal lighting although whether I will fit the lights before or after the Elgin exhibition is a moot point.
As usual I have to apologise for slightly crabby photos but I am having to go through another learning curve with my camera.
The lights were actually on but I was having to lean right out over the layout to get this so there was not way I could hand hold it still enough for a non-flash photograph.
What I think is causing the problem, and which I had forgotten, is that the Marklin track feeds are fitted with a suppressor capacitor and this would short out the Relco's output.

One worry, though, is that I have no spare yard lights and they are no longer made by Brawa. Finally, I painted the road at the foot of the hill with a special acrylic primer that leaves a rough surface.
The unused part of the shortened backdrop panel will be used to create two wings at the end of the baseboard.
In the distance can be seen the hill leading away to the main part of the town (not modelled). So, that first bit of gluing worked fine using pva and a second bit has been but glued this time using Copydex as pva just would not dry. The line of the back-scene will pretty well follow the horizontal line along the bottom of the green area in the track plan. So the back of the layout will be one of the sides of this valley and will have to be very narrow from front to back. From the top of this strip (again, attached by a piano hinge) a second sheet will fold back over the layout to be screwed to the top of the folded over control panel. Most Z scale layouts are very small, so while the cost per square inch may be much higher, overall costs on a modest sized layout are comparable.
There was a good portion of praise of the layout and fascination with the size of the trains, and most people who did more than a glance as they walked past said "Thank you" after we had chatted about the layout. The culprit appeared to be an extending length track that had been stretched just a bit too much. The reason for the partial cover was to protect that layout after an accident when a case fell on it while I was taking a sharp right bend (see roundabouts above). Finally, I have started on an information page for exhibition managers who might be interested in using Breitenfurt – Ost. As with the two front quadrants, this will be covered by the trees that are yet to be planted.
I'm also wondering whether to bring teh back-scene round teh sides of the layout to help deter small 'sprogs' from coming round the side of the layout. The most obvious change is in the scenery so that, along with the branch line, is next on the list.
In practise it will be about 3" (7.5cm) from front to back, and that includes a ledge carrying a single track between two tunnels. This will be removed at home, and will fold down in front of the supporting structure at exhibitions. Certainly the potential is there to build an impressive large layout in Z, however the cost, availability and operating benefits of the slightly larger N scale trains make such an endeavor a real rarity. The cover, which doubles as a protective skirt during the exhibition, is attached to the layout using three flush hinges and the two parts are joined with two piano hinges. It looks a bit squint (as if the road level on the left is slightly lower than on the right) but is actually level. Here we have natural woodland, with mainly deciduous trees and a few firs (maybe to be replaced later). Note that the street lights are left over from the temporary layout and will have to be moved. The bottom of the skirt has a length of wood attached to it that hooks over a similar piece of wood at the front of the control panel. What would be nice, of course, is a stone bridges set on an arch, but it will have to wait.
However, after adding some lighter green and some grey it looked (to me, at least) pretty good.
Since this photo was taken I have completed two more corners (and nearly cut off my finger in the process, which is holding up work somewhat. North American prototypes are becoming increasingly popular however.Those who are drawn to the miniaturization aspect of the hobby, looking for a challenge, liking something outside the mainstream, or modelers with extremely limited modeling space see an obvious advantage to Z scale. I am not sure if I am satisfied with the appearance – it may be necessary either to remove some undergrowth or add more. On the other hand, children and those with limited vision or dexterity may find keeping Z scale trains on the track too much of a challenge. Unfortunately, the 'lid' has warped quite badly so I will need to add a couple of strips of wood to the ends to straighten it a bit- a bit annoying as they will be seen by the public. Once the PVA mix had dried I added trees (about 70 of them in all) and am very pleased with the effect. And despite the high level of detail found in better models, those who really enjoy super-detailing and customizing models will find more opportunities in a larger scale. These items are no longer available and, so far, my attempts to find a replacement have proved fruitless. Also, the flash has illuminated the area under the trees which would normally be much darker. Apart from the grass colour mentioned above, putting in teh trees first appears to be my only mistake.
Other than that, and the lack of visitors due to the adverse weather condition, it was a good weekend.

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  1. V_I_P:
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    Location, for large gauge model layouts would not have the N scale model trains.