Monday, October 12, 2009


hospital square
Originally uploaded by Phil_Parker
Ever since I built the Hospital railway, the fiddle yards on the ends of the baseboard have been wonky. As you can see from the photo, they slope down around 10mm over their length. Wagons roll to the outer ends on their own.

Worse though is that the front looks wobbly. The front walls don't line up nicely with the edges of the scenic area and ruins the nice tidy finish I've always wanted. Part of the problem is that in order to fit the boards in VW Beetle (proper one, not your new fangled funny bodied Golf) the fronts were hinged so that the boards could be screwed together into a small box.

With the Beetle off the road and bigger cars in use, there is no need for the folding fiddle yard front, It's fallen to bits anyway. So it's being replaced with some nice bits of 6mm plywood. Being solid, they can be fitted with furniture joining blocks so the tops can be secured to the top of the main baseboard.

Result: Well the square still isn't quite, but it's a whole lot better. From the front the display looks nicer too.

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