Thursday, 25 June 2020

O gauge - the full test

O gauge - the full test

Regulars will be aware that the general layout building area in Ford Towers in the last couple of years has been the small workshop area. The pluses for this are that it's attached to the house, but mentally separate from it. The minuses (especially in this case) is that it's a through room and is a tight 2.8m long i.e. Hopwood will just squeeze in, but the current O gauge won't; I have to decamp to the vast open prairies of the front room to set it up fully. This is obviously, while not a negotiated arrangement, one that has to be carried out with a certain amount of understanding. Nevertheless yesterday saw the full post-ballast test - always a nail-biting moment. Lumps of stray ballast will derail things, previously perfect electrical connections will suddenly have become inert and there will be rails with a layer of PVA on top no matter how carefully you've cleaned it all. In the end all was well apart from a self isolating fishplate which needed a little squeeze, and soon the borrowed MW was whizzing up and down. I can thoroughly recommend this based on this performance - silky smooth and unfaltering is probably the best description. It does look very naked without at crew though. It does also have to go back, so there's little that I can do about this.

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