Brendan's D&H 4th sub - Champlain Division
Last Saturday Brendan invited the gang down for the first operating session on his D&H layout. Here's a photo of Brendan sitting at his dispatcher's desk.
The long sheet of paper that Brendan is reading from is his train graph. The telephone handset is connected to a two-way radio, and is used to communicate with the 'town operators' (and train crews), who are similarly equipped.
If you're not familiar with Brendan's layout then I recommend that you click across to it right now and take a look.
Thanks for a great day Brendan.
Men's Shed layout
I also spend a couple of hours each week at the local Men's Shed, where some of us are building a HO scale layout with an Australian theme. These photos show the area that is most advanced, although it still needs a lot more work:
We're using some techniques that I would never have considered using on my own layout (eg saw-dust collected from the shed's wood-working area and dyed green for ground cover, and beaded packaging foam for the sub-roadbed and scenery base), but I have to admit that the layout is already looking a lot better than I was expecting at this stage. One of the fellows is becoming so skilled at making gum trees from twisted wire that I might commission him to build some N scale trees for my layout.