Looking at the track that was laid in part 4-6, I decided that it needed a bit of extra interest with a couple of sidings added to the front of the layout. Therefore, some more points were purchased and a couple of extra lengths of track were cut, laid and pinned following the same guidelines as in my previous article.
The additional items purchased were (with Peco list price):
- 2 metres flexible track (Code SL300)
- 1 left hand medium radius point (SL392)
- 2 right hand radius points (SL391)
- 2 packets of rail built buffer stops (SL340)
When a train has been driven into the right hand siding and point 'A' in the diagram below has been changed so that it may drive into the left hand sidings, no power reaches the locomotive due to point 'A' isolating the sidings. Therefore, the sidings needed additional electrifying, so the soldering iron was again used to solder wires to two fishplates as before. These fishplates were then used to connect the siding to point 'A' at 'X'. The wires were then threaded underneath the layout and passed through the holes in the fascia board for neatness. These were then wired into the controller.
One little extra I have added to the end of the sidings are buffers. Buffers are essentially there to stop rolling stock from going beyond the end of the track. I constructed mine from the little Peco 'kits' which consist of tiny plastic components which slot easily together in minutes. They can be painted for added effect - guidance on appropriate colours to use are in the packet.