It’s already been a week since the first sawdust fell from my table saw, marking the beginning of this adventure.
I haven’t decided on my workaround for the foam but am leaning toward one of the variations that use 1″ foam. I have some on hand already so these options appeal to my more frugal nature. Progress over the past few days has been of a more material nature. I bought some cork roadbed and a bundle of code 55 track. I have more than enough code 40 on hand for this layout but still haven’t settled on a resolution to the flange issue. Flanges striking the spikes on the code 40 track is the other issue I don’t have a resolution for. In the spirit of completing this thing I’m adopting a more “agile” layout construction approach. The Micro Engineering code 55 track looks terrific and the extra 0.015″ in rail height is just enough to clear most modern N scale flanges so it really takes the pressure off of converting models until I can develop a method that I’m content with. Since I’m using taller rail, I’ll need to make up a few turnouts. Well, the three I plan on needing. This afternoon I laid out the ties for the first turnout and may try to get this one completed tonight.
March break is over now and I’m back in the office so time isn’t as plentiful but I hope to strike off one little project at a time to make sure I keep moving forward. I’m keen to run a train and eager to realise this goal sooner than later.