Extremo Sur

No, not Sarfend! This is the southern end of the layout, beyond here is the south staging yard.

But first, time for a bit more of Sierra Oculta’s history. When the FCPyF was being surveyed the route needed to cut through an old pack road near where both the road and the railway meet with the Jones River. This road was, even then, designated as a national monument and its right of way had to be preserved. Luckily the old road is on a masonry-sided embankment to gain height as it approaches its crossing of the Jones River by a rope suspension bridge. All the railway needed to do was breach this embankment and provide a lightweight bridge to cross the gap. That’s good enough for me anyway and it’s my railway, in my country, so my rules apply.

I was toying with the idea of a tunnel to the south of Jones River as the exit to fiddleyard but when mocking it up I couldn’t get the hillside to look realistic, the slope had to be far too steep in order to gain headroom for the trains and a reasonable amount of solid rock above that to justify there being a tunnel instead of a cutting. So back to plan A, using the bridge salvaged from Asilo. This originally carried a standard gauge railway over the 2’6″ tracks of the FCPyF but the scenery on the new module does not suit this and it is being rebuilt as a pack road bridge.

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This photo is a prime example of why model railway scenery should be finished on both sides, I need to paint the back of the river bridge!

The pack road embankment and bridge are free standing and cover the link section between the Jones River module and the south staging yard.

pack road 001

The basic shell has been constructed and is awaiting the glue/filler to dry before being clad in embossed styrene sheet to create the heavy masonry. This is what I was up to last night while listening to the football on Radio 5 Live, much more productive than sitting in front of a television set.

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About Bob Hughes

Ex railwayman, life long railway modeller, lover of real ale and spicy food. Divorced, three kids, one dog.
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