Salzburg M.T. is first proper
exhibition layout built by the club. It was originally designed to
be continental based but was converted to represent a freelance North
American model. Such was the good design by the original team, the
transformation was relatively straight forward.
We decided on a Transcontinental mainline across the continental divide
in the North West United States. For exhibitions we try to adhere
to rolling stock that could be reasonably expected to be seen in the
current period. However, in the club room, anything from an 08 shunter
to a TGV can be seen.
Baseboards are made from strips of 10mm plywood and softwood blocks
which has meant a strong but light baseboard. The trackbed is also
constructed from the same 10mm ply. Forming an interesting focal point
to the layout is the double track helix. It has a diameter of approximately
4ft and an incline of around 2 degrees. The whole layout is laid out
with Peco Streamline code 80 track which has been laid on a bed of
1.5mm For the scenery, some of the members created their own castings
of real Highland rock and from these, outcrops were achieved using
plaster. These were grafted onto the layout and painted using water
colours. Other scenic items were either scratch-built of modified
form proprietary products. Finally the layout has been populated with
some suitable trees and although still not complete, we think the
overall effect is rather good - Judge for yourselves.