The Chief Gardener requested that the several pending buildings destined for the layout be put in place so that the plants could be more permanently located. It seemed like a reasonable request, so the scratch built engine house was put on hold and work was started on the new buildings. This, as is frequently the case, led to a number of other dependent projects:
- Lighting the existing buildings was always in the plan, so this seemed to be the obvious opportunity to light them along with the new ones.
- Since excavation would be required for those wires, it provided the opportunity to bury the wiring for electrical blocks on the siding.
- One siding didn't seem like enough, so we might as well add another siding while we are digging. Right?
- Of course, just a simple siding won't do, why don't we make it a reverse loop also? OK!
- Oh, and by the way, all these new blocks, sidings, reverse loop and switches require a new control panel, which will be put under a hinged roof in ....
- .....that huge engine house to be finished.
- Finally, at least for now, there are the details that need to be attended to, including:
- Install "terminal" buildings, to keep the wiring junctions above ground,
- level the sidings to be sure the boxcars don't roll away while being unloaded,
- then, reballast it all.
Did I mention that al this was to be done at ground level by a guy with 71 year old joints?
Whatever. Let's get going.
Above - 2010-05-14 - The first order of business is to determine where the new buildings will be placed. The Chief Gardener liked the idea of a church for the locals and she found this Korber resin kit at the local train shop. It is sized for a county-wide congregation, so the best location was out in the country.
Above - 2010-05-14 - The downtown is about to grow rapidly, including an entertainment center in the park.
Above - 2010-05-24 - As the new wiring project starts, the switches are also put into place at the northeast end to provide access for the scratchbuilt combination engine house and control panel.
Above - 2010-05-24 - Wiring to the new siding switch is laid out and existing track moved so the wiring trench can be dug.
Above - 2010-05-24 - The switch for the west end of the new reverse loop siding is put in place.
Above - 2010-05-27 - The trenches are dug and the wiring heads off in every direction.
Above - 2010-05-27 - The west end switch wiring required a ditch across the new dry wash.
Above - 2010-05-27 - Red and white wiring is power to the switches, green and black to the buildings and red and blue to the track.
Above - Wiring to the station and town, including provisions for a working semaphore and a future gas station.
Above - 2010-05-27 - The wiring bundle gets bigger and the tie wraps are put in place.
Above - 2010-05-27 - But at the control panel end, it will be a while before it is organized. Yuk....