Continuing tasks deferred during the final push leading up to the NMRA National Convention, I finally completed installing fascia around the entire layout. This was a cosmetic task that I would have liked to complete prior to the convention. Alas, higher priority tasks claimed what time and energy I had this past summer.
Four major areas remained without fascia: the area around Westfir, the Salt Creek trestle area opposite Westfir, the “Pryor” area between Salmon Creek (outside Oakridge) and McCredie Springs and a final surprise—the Willamette River bridge scene between Eugene and Springfield. That last one was surprising because the basic scene has been featured in a number of photos of the layout. I just had not completed fascia across the gap underneath the river surface.
The Westfir fascia needed to be a little deeper than my standard fascia for flat areas of the layout. I introduced a small rise and descent in this area for the mainline so the Westfir spurs would descend sharply from the mainline. As simple a requirement as that slightly deeper fascia was all it took to delay that project. In addition, I needed to work around roadbed support while installing the switch controls for Westfir. All of that has been accomplished now.
Fascia completed for Salt Creek Trestle (right) and Westfir (left).
Westfir fascia. An oversize fascia hump has been installed for the ridge and tunnel that will separate Westfir and Oakridge, as seen on the right.
The fascia coming into McCredie Springs needed to be solid and curved. I used ¼ inch thick hardboard for this area rather than my usual 1/8 inch hardboard. This required good bracing and mounting points on the benchwork. Further, I secured this panel with flat-head screws. The mainline will go through Tunnel 21 as it enters McCredie Springs. Right now, the fascia appears a bit truncated on top. I am prepared to splice additional material on top of this when I do the actual scenery work. This fascia region extends all the way back to Oakridge and includes the Salmon Creek area and the front of the Pope and Talbot lumber mill.
Fascia extend from Oakridge (back left) to McCredie Springs (rear right).
Curved fascia panel for Tunnel 21 leading into McCredie Springs. Prototype photos are taped to the wall.
The Pope and Talbot fascia is lined with a shelf.
The Willamette River bridge scene finally has fascia!
In a final non-related note, ordinarily I would be reporting on the just-concluded Annual Convention of the Southern Pacific Historical and Technical Society, held in Sacramento, October 7-10. This was a grand affair including a special event Thursday evening at the California State Railroad Museum, celebrating 150 years of the Southern Pacific. We had the run of the museum, which was much appreciated, as I finally got up into the cab of the last cab-forward, SP 4294. That is one of many focal points of the museum. Good presentations were heard during the day on Thursday and Friday. Friday evening and Saturday afternoon featured several fine layouts on tour. Unfortunately, my camera took this event to corrupt the image data as I near filling the memory card. Should I succeed in recovering those files, I will post more about this event later.
Meanwhile, I have returned to my layout with renewed energy after recovering from this summer’s NMRA convention focus.