Rhiw Mk2 begins. There was a recurring problem with derailments on MK1 at the mainline entry that we never did get to the bottom of. As the same fiddle yard is used I'm taking no chances and I'm rigorously testing all the stock (pushing and pulling) through the reverse curves and over the new joint. The FY has been in use with Svanda for the 11 years since with no obvious problems, save dropping it at Globalrail in Didcot, so any problems are new ones.
Originally 6-road with Rhiw (4 mainline roads and 2 for the yard) it's been running as the four with the NSB stock. As the MK2 will have the same track plan the yard roads will be reinstated and the isolating toggle switches rewired. Why build it again? Well it worked at a fundamental level despite the scarily anorexic track layout and proved to be popular with the run-down 1980s vibe. This time it can have updated and improved scenics and be without the stupid front operation that made it hard to work.
Onward to the first show.