Version 7.3

White Sands Quay progress

by Simon Cox
Simon Cox, Author

Model Railways

Steam engine at Kemsley Down
Ongoing development of my third layout.

The baseboard structure is now mainly complete

I took a few days off to con­cen­trate on mov­ing the White Sands Quay project for­ward. This is a 4mm scale 9mm gauge rail­way based in Corn­wall and orig­i­nal­ly from a plan by the late Rainier Hendrickson.

White Sans Quay track planning on pink foam

I want­ed to build a self-con­tained but light exhi­bi­tion dis­play for White Sands Quay as I very much enjoy the speed with which both Lox­ley Bar­ton Falls and With­y­win­dle Mill can be set up and tak­en down. At the end of a long exhi­bi­tion, the last thing you want is an hour or two of breakdown.

I have built a light wood­en frame with 3mm MDF car­cass in a square S shape with the small­er return being the hid­den fid­dle yard and stock shelves. A light­box con­tain­ing the all-impor­tant light­ing rig (vital for good pre­sen­ta­tion at an exhi­bi­tion) will be added to the top giv­ing more strength.

Whilst this con­struc­tion method will not take much abuse I am not expect­ing to be in any sit­u­a­tions where it needs to! ​“Fight breaks out at Nar­row Gauge Exhi­bi­tion — lay­out destroyed” are not like­ly head­lines. (Famous last words…) the base of the scenic is pink insu­la­tion foam and one this is fixed in place will also add to the strength and light­ness of the carcass.

White Sands Quay baseboard consrtuction

In the past, oth­er lay­out builders have used rod­ding cut into the sur­face of the foam, which makes repairs dif­fi­cult, but I have sunk a 3mm MDF track bed into the top of the foam and will exca­vate holes under­neath so that I can attach point motors and wiring allow­ing plen­ty of access.