Southern Highlands - Construction, May 2022
In May, work continued on the layout backdrop and lighting system. Firstly, the layout modules were carefully levelled and bolted together. The individual backdrop pieces were then lifted into the empty centre section of the layout, and one by one were levelled and screwed to the module sides. The curved backdrop ends were trimmed to allow them to sit in position, before being screwed to the module frame.
Starting from one end, a pair of pine legs for the lighting panels were bolted into position at the inner corners. After aligning the overhanging aluminium Tee pieces with the edge of the layout, these pieces were screwed into position on top of the legs. The next pair of legs, which support the end of the Tee pieces and another perpendicular aluminium Tee piece spanning across the layout, were bolted in place. This aluminium cross piece was then carefully aligned to match the 4mm braceboard light panel sizes and screwed into position.
The process was repeated at the other end of the layout, before the final pair of legs and aluminium cross piece were put into place in the middle of the layout. Across the layout ends, a length of aluminium L section was bolted to the overhanging Tee pieces, to support the lighting panels at their edges all the way to the corners. The aluminium framework and braceboard light panels effectively makes a self-supported suspended ceiling above the layout.
Guildford Model Railway Group took time out from construction in the middle of the month to exhibit Goulburn at the Great Train Show, hosted by the Epping Model Railway Club at Rosehill.
Shortly after the Rosehill exhibition, influenza and Covid related illnesses delayed the Group in continuing work on the layout together. However, by the end of the month, the Group achieved their aim of fitting and testing the backdrop and lighting system to the layout modules. While unable to meet in person, Group members worked individually on structures for the layout.