I had some time off over the holidays and had planned to spend it finishing up my newest and largest airplane (a 60" wingspan Extreme Flight Edge). On the first day I did some errands in the morning, went out to lunch, and drove back via a route that took me by CPF-BY (Bleachery) on the Pan Am Railways freight main line in Lowell, MA. A couple ES44's creeping along got my attention. I dug the scanner out from the bottom of the glove box to see if I could hear anything. It was POSE, creeping through Lowell due to some problem I didn't overhear the particulars of. I got a nice long detailed look at both engines and every single car as it slowly crossed Meadowcroft street. When I got home instead of getting the airplane project set up on the workbench I found myself clearing the accumulation off the N scale layout to pick up where I had left off in 2012. I'd been trying to keep it from getting too buried (the O scale layout is half covered in airplanes, half covered in the O scale rolling stock that was on the half now supporting airplanes). Here's what it looked like when I started.
You can see the airplanes have gotten bigger - the red one on the left is a 48" wingspan Laser (wings are just visible edge up in the carrying holder I made for them on the far side of the layout). The one sitting on the backdrop is the previously mentioned 60" Edge still in progress.
|Track pinned down for the glue to dry|
I'll describe what I ended up doing for point jumpers, feeders, etc. in separate posts sometime soon. I'm excited to finally be making progress on the layout again, and I'm going to try to get it into good operating shape well before the weather gets good enough to fly R/C planes without frozen fingers again!