I can’t believe I’m even thinking about this, let alone considering it. What am I on about! starting again, that’s what I’m on about. Apart from the cabin fever unbalancing my mind, while I am stuck inside because of all this snow, the last post I did about progess over the past three years got me to thinking. What if I carry on at this speed and then have to move house before I’ve finished.
So what, you might think. All my work to that point would be stuck in the loft, that’s what. The idea of having to start from scratch, at a much more advanced point in the future, fills me with dread. So, much better to consider a change of direction now, before I get too far into the project.
I’ve been aware of the concept of FREMO (or FREE-MO, if your American) for a while and although I’m not thinking of adhering to FREMO standards the idea of building a modular model railway may hold the answer.
A couple of the standard FREMO end profiles.
As I have sat here thinking about it, and surfing the net looking at FREMO modules, the pros do seem to be out numbering the cons.
If I build ‘Dales Peak’ as modules not only can it be removed from the loft to another location, but individual modules could be worked on outside of the loft. For instance, airbrushing track etc. could be done in a more ventilated space.
Another advantage would be the depth of the modules. At the moment I struggle to work on certain areas towards the back of the layout. It’s a bit of a reach. Built as modules, either the front module could be removed to allow access, or the rear module could be worked on separately. Space, too, could be gained by not having all the modules erected all of the time.
The more I think about it the more I can see myself doing it. I must be mad!!!
A rough idea of how the ‘Dales Peak’ layout could be broken up into modules.