As you can see, the Canfor mill has his new space and the trackwork is done for it. All tracks and turnouts are working and it´s now time for the buildings and the landscape.I have to do some final pictures of the scene but here´s an in progress shot from another view.
The mainline is hidden by the mill structures. I´m very happy with the new design and it´s working out nice. Here´s an overall view of the area with the new trackwork and structures.
The next area I started to work was the place for the engine service. I made some tests with the Walthers dieselhouse but it was to big and did not match the look I wanted for it. so I searched the net and my books for pictures and finaly found some place I like. It´s the old PGE enginehouse at Lillooet. This could work for me in a similar way and I decided to try to build something like that.
here´s the picture I found on Flickr. It´s not my own picture and I use it for reference. I have some similar photos in one of my BCR books but this one shows the tracks better.
And here´s my version of that place. The enginehouse was scratchbuild/kitbashed from pikestuff parts, the Shop building is also made from pikestuff walls. The other structures may be used as the are or will be changed with other structures.
And after all that work I decided to made a last change on the layout. This time on the upper level in the other room around the mainstreet and the industries around. I reworked the tracks and turnouts and now I have a more straight look. I also removed one of the two elevators, moved the mainstreet into the far right corner. On the liftout in front of the window the structures moved to the back and so giving more room for operations.
|New place of the mainstreet. There will be a small scrapyard behind the gas station.|
|Maybe this will move a bit to the right to allow two longer tracks for the elevator.|
|A&C Cylinder Head rebuilders to the right, Mikes Custom Woodworking to the left.|
|The new place for Diamond Fertilizer.|
|The left over elevator. You can see the rebuild still in progress but it´s finshed now. Have to take some pics.|
|Loomis Express building moved into the corner to give more room for the trucks in front.|
So this was a big update on my layout but I´m quite happy with he changes I made. Now I can go back to finish the work on the helix with the two new bridges and the final trackwork
|Removed the old trestle but have not made a final decision for that.|
|This one will be placed right to the other bridge over the tracks heading out of the helix and will hide the hole to the helix.|