The old M-I layout is down – not without some difficulty. I was able to save all of my turnouts by carefully soaking the ballast and gently prying up the turnouts from the cork roadbed – I’m very happy now that I had never glued them down to the cork. The ballast released quite easily – I soaked them for 30 minutes in water and scrubbed the remaining ballast off. I was hoping to save the P:48 flex track also, but most of it had been attached with silicon caulk which was not easily releasable. I was able to retrieve a large number of Right-O-Way nickel-silver rail joiners, originally brought to market by Lou Cross. All of the supporting Mianne benchwork was saved, although I may not use it on the next layout. The standard leg height is 42″ and I am planning the layout to sit at about 53″.
All of the ¾” plywood and Styrofoam benchtop was tossed and fit into two Bagster dumpsters. These images were taken after a light frost overnight – I actually like the look of the frost on the track and scenery. Wonder how to create that permanently in 1:48?
As to packing, nearly all the rolling stock and locos returned to their original boxes, or I placed them into a couple of O Scale Haulers. Tools were boxed or left in Festool Sortainers. This was the toughest move we’ve ever done, primarily because we (I) had accumulated more stuff than ever before. Oh well, no more moves are planned…
As to the move itself, the good news is that it is complete. The great news is that we ended purchasing a different house. Or, more accurately, a 2100 square foot unfinished basement with a finished 1.5 story house on top of it. Much better than our original choice as this provides a huge empty palette from which to begin again. Before move-in, I had the ceiling of the walk-out basement spray painted flat black.
Immediate plans are to finish unpacking the boxes, create some degree of organization and start refinishing the basement. Plans are for a ¾ bath and a dog washing station, a workshop, spray booth area, and lastly a layout.