Masts go up on new diorama
I've been having great fun erecting the Dapol 'ready-to-plant' overhead catenary masts on a short stretch of double track. Despite lacking the important wires, the masts look impressive and installation really couldn't be easier. See Model Rail issue 183 (on sale 16 May) for a full demonstration.
I've been musing over whether I could add some wires to these masts, simply for decorative purposes, as this 2ft long diorama is intended only for photographing electric locos. As the masts are designed to be very flexible (to avoid accidental damage), I doubt whether they'd withstand much tensioning of the wires. That would mean using stiff brass wire, for the conductor wire at least, which is difficult to find in long lengths and would require soldering-up; not a particularly difficult task. Should make a good rainy weekend project for the future...
As for the trackwork, the twin lengths of Peco concrete-sleepered rails feature my efforts to create the distinctive modern style of ballasting, complete with shoulders and ever-so-slightly elevated track to compensate for the gentle curve. I'm quite pleased with the results, having tried out a few new techniques and materials during construction, by way of a trial run for another project. Having said that, there are also a few things that I'd do differently next time!