|Nothing like demolition!|
After months (years?) of thinking about it, I started construction on the Aquia Line expansion. Gosh, did it feel good to be back building a layout!
My original intent was to start building the benchwork in the crew lounge and only cut in the new work when it was ready. That plan would have kept the railroad operational during the rebuild. However, that changed when I discovered two broken turnouts in the Falmouth area. Those would have required some tricky rebuilding work. That plus the fact that we are in self isolation mode convinced me to change my plan. I decided to pull up the existing track and scenery from the south end of the Clairborne Creek bridge through Falmouth and lay the new track from there. The new bench work will go quickly.
|Mad scribblings - High school math in action|
The wedges will allow me to build the curved roadbed sections all with straight cuts, thereby minimizing waste. After a few rounds of calculations and test fits, I concluded that wedges cut from 4 inch wide strips with the short side at 11.12 inches and an angle of 11.25 degrees on each side would be sufficient to support the track.
The wedges will be glued to each other with two Festool dominoes (floating tenon joints) to allow precise alignment and strength. I plan to use flex track for the sections in the closet. The diagram at the left shows where the wedges will be placed.
I used my track saw to rip 3 sections of 4-inch wide 3/4 inch plywood. Then using my chop saw set at 11.25 degrees, and a stop set to the length, I proceeded to make 22 wedges.
With the wedges cut, I started clearing off the Falmouth area. More of that demo tomorrow as I have to pull the engine terminal and Battery Schaefer. Still, a good feeling for a stressful time.