After a recent diversion with 55n3 I turned my attention to the FCPyF this morning. Unfortunately the mechanism intended for the new railbus has failed. I’m not sure if I can repair the split in the plastic chassis, if I can’t the railbus will be a dummy with a “trailer” pushing it.
The second failure is with the layout itself, a dry joint between Bodjio and Rio Paleta means there’s an intermittent break in the power supply on the high line. It has been located and is easy enough to repair next time I’ve got the soldering iron warmed up. The PWay crew are marking the spot until then.
As the bright spots of solder indicate, this rail joint is a frequent failure due to expansion and contraction of the rails between the summer heat and winter cold in the garage so to fix the dry joint I’ll add short jumper wires instead of re-soldering the rails, these should prevent further electrical failures. There is also a short circuit at Veinte Veinte but I suspect this is due to the accumulation of junk dumped on the layout while it’s not been in use. Another accumulation of junk is more pleasing, the “something-for-nothing” loco project has been glued together and given a coat of primer…
…to show up its failures. some filler is required around the tank, the smoke stack needs straightening and the cab roof sanding down but apart from that the clockwork loco is on course to the Lake District where it will be used on the Ravenglass and Windermere Light Railway. It’ll also be useful for testing track on the modules during assembly of the modular layout at exhibitions.
The last photo for today shows a stalled, rather than failed, project. To be honest I had actually forgotten about 3102. The FCPyF has no use for additional small locos so this one will also be for the R&W.