Over a mug of tea I thought about an old Hornby catalogue I have in which they were introducing their Zero One command control system. In particular I thought about their proclamation describing a grand simplification when it came to electrics and that you could throw out your soldering iron and forget you’d ever wired in a toggle switch. Those miles of wire under the layout? Geez who would ever do that?! Why was I thinking about this? Well folks, today was the day that I ran what felt like miles of wire along the base of my model railway to finally tie in the last of the track. Of course, Zero One wasn’t the only thing on my mind as I clumsily solder together wire after wire. I’ve had the good fortune to try most aspects of this hobby and a few of them I consider myself good at. Wiring is not one of those things. I understand the logic and what I’m doing, I just need more practice at making it look nice. What I have is functional, but to borrow from the Northern Pikes song: it ain’t pretty…it don’t look that way. As planned I’ve run a feeder to ever piece of track so at no point am I relying on a mechanical connection to communicate power. Attempts at self-depricating humour aside, it does feel pretty good to have marked another milestone in this layout’s construction. To be honest, I still need to power the switch frogs but other than that I’m done with wiring.
I’m also done with track and have even started painting and weathering the track.
If I wanted, I could start thinking about some scenery. Perhaps a little ballasting. Perhaps glue down some grass. Maybe work on a structure.
Likely though I think I’m going to reward myself by switching on the power and running a train. I now have all three sidings in place and can really start to run the layout as I envisaged it. It feels great to be here and I think it’s time to pour a glass of fine Waterloo Dark and play trains for a bit.