I spent about an hour this afternoon drilling and then filing a rectangular hole into the front of the terminus module, just big enough to fit the circuit board of the PCP panel that came with the NCE Powercab. This is where the Powercab controller (and an optional second controller) plugs in. I haven’t fully attached the panel, as I still need to put some kind of cosmetic fascia around the module. I’m almost ready to start wiring, though, so it’ll be good to have this in place.
Did I mention the Powercab controller yet? I purchased it at the same time as the track and turnouts, while Tony’s Train Xchange was having a ripper sale.
The Powercab is a neat little DCC unit: it provides power while also controlling locos and accessories. For a layout as small as Little Snoring, it should be all the power I need. This simplifies the wiring (and makes the whole project a lot less expensive).
Here’s a pic of the Powercab, for those not familiar:
Next up: wiring. However, before I start, I need to purchase a locomotive with a DCC decoder. I don’t want to get too far into wiring without being able to test each length of track and every turnout in real time. The PowerCab doesn’t have the ability to run DC motors, so I need to save up some dollars for a loco.
Some readers might be wondering at the name “Little Snoring,” so I want to take a moment to explain.
There is, in reality, a parish called Little Snoring in Norfolk, England. The name derives from “Snear’s People,” (Snear-ingas), Snear being a Saxon invader whose name meant “bright” or “alert.” This has long been my favorite placename, and it is fitting for a village that will have little trains snoring and snarling about.
I don’t intend to model the real Little Snoring; in fact, the nearest railway station is in Sheringham, about 18 miles northeast of Little Snoring. Instead I intend to borrow elements from a number of real locations in an effort to create a plausible but fictitious place. Likely, I will borrow most heavily from Hemyock, but there will certainly be other structures and ideas from other places.
All in all, Little Snoring Railway will be an “ideal” branch line terminus, filled with my own whims and interests as I see fit to add them and as they seem to fit into the overall project. This approach will provide a lot of flexibility once I begin the process of collecting and modeling engines and wagons. (This is important: I live in the U.S., where the availability of U.K. models is spotty at best.) I will likely deviate from the official GWR color palette, too, as I’m not especially keen on the khaki “stone” colors they often used to paint railside structures.