Lately I've been completely taken aback with the modelling efforts that have been posted to various blogs. Some new and some quiet for a while, all have held my attention through the limited time I have for modelling. So, firstly I need to say thanks to those who post their efforts, then secondly I need to get back to my own efforts...we'll see.
For a long time now I've been focused on the 'location' of SSC as being in a range somewhere in the northern part of NSW. The ability to have a layout set in my imagination only I thought was a good idea all those years ago. As time has gone on and a 'history' has grown around my initial ideas the location has more and more become more fixed. I love the location south of Tenterfield, I suppose that's obvious to those who know the area, as that is the place where there's a creek named Splitters Swamp.
Last time the crew came around to my place for the fortnightly Tuesday Nighters there was a fair amount of discussion about my plans for the first module and the location of both passenger and locomotive facilities. This leads me to think about just what I should be building next. Sure there's backdrops to paint and scenic foam to carve colour and glue in place, but a trestle bridge would be great!
now the trestle is on the second module so that begins the next chapter in module construction. The timber is cut, T-nut holes are already drilled, the only missing element is time, rather than allowing this to move along its natural course I think I'll begin construction of the trestle.
Here we are, the part of the post where you find out the purpose of the actual post. Do I follow the construction of bridges on the Northern line and have a ballasted deck or do I have a more pioneer line construction and have an unballasted deck? A Pioneer line would only have a very basic bridge so unballasted is the way to go. The location is now more focused on an area, the topography I like. I also have quite a few photos of the area, so it all looks good. I never would have thought that the progression of this layout would have caused a very definite link to a place, but it seems to make alot of sense. My original thoughts was of a heavily timbered steep area, and a fair bit of that will probably occur, but I think that now the landscape will be a bit more open with distant hills not just a very close background of dense scrub and trees.
I'm off to 'construct' for a bit now, a bit less in the way of posting and all will be well.