Last month’s virtual track planning session with local NMRA members inspired me to get going with construction. To that end, I added new Homasote spline roadbed for the PRR’s mainline and Purina’s siding.
The addition includes three 19-degree crossings – two across the N&W main and one across the N&W Old Main. I chose this angle for two reasons; it fits the space without too many compromises (or complex curved crossings) and the availability of 19-degree paper templates from Fast Tracks. Their templates are a huge help for the modeling community.
I had hoped to take advantage of Fast Tracks just-announced “Diamond Line” crossings for this area. They appear very nicely detailed and feature straight-forward assembly and guaranteed gauging. Unfortunately, the first to production are 90 and 30-degree versions; a 19-degree is on their roadmap, but probably not in 2021. Too bad.
The above means that I will be forced to scratch-build them. Grumble grumble. I built two 19-degree crossings in the past (for my shelf layout) so I know I can do it; they’re just fiddly.
But that’s for later. For now, onward with sub roadbed construction!
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