Work has picked up on the Louisiana Central these past weeks. Mainline trackage is going down through Willis yard and will be heading west beyond Willis within a few weeks. This represents the first trackage of the Louisiana Central beyond the staging areas onto the visible portion of the layout. In addition, the first industrial spur track on the layout has been installed.
The initial 8 feet of sub-roadbed (tabletop) has been installed in West Monterey. This will be the area with the large plywood and paper mill complexes that will be the basis for the loads in/empties out scenario. I’ll be starting with the sub-roadbed at the east end of Monterey soon, building toward the center of the Monterey area. I’d like to get a little more work done and will then update the website with a few more photos showing the latest progress.
I’ve made the decision to ban my belt sander from the layout. Three times I’ve tried using it to sand Homasote panel joints to even the ends and the results weren’t very good, requiring a judicious application of drywall mud to even and level out the area afterward. My most recent effort was trying to sand a taper into the cork roadbed where it butted up to some Homabed roadbed of a lesser thickness. Despite partially supporting the sander above the work and just applying a few “bumps” of the trigger, I still managed to gouge everything badly. I’ll try to use the drywall mud again to fill and level the area. If that doesn’t work, I’ll have to scrape out about 16″ of roadbed and start over. When will I learn?
We’ve had an unusually cold winter thus far, but the train room has remained warm and cozy through it all. Having worked through both hot, humid summers and cold winters in the room, I can say the heavy insulation and weatherproofing of the building has paid off. It’s a pleasure working in it’s comfortable environment.
Again, I extend the invitation to anyone interested in seeing the layout to come by for a visit…just give me a buzz or drop me an email and we’ll set something up.