In the previous post on this topic called Modelling Copper Cliff on the Webbwood Sub, I introduced the scene at Copper Cliff on the WRMRC layout, and put it into context with the surrounding rail network. In this post, I’ll show you how I got started building, or should I say rebuilding the scene.
The Copper Cliff scene is situated at the end of an aisle that has one long shelf with scenery more-or-less complete. Scenery was roughed in at some point in the distant past, and someone made a start on the non-operational tracks at the Inco mine loader. Here’s what it looked like when I started.
You can see that someone got a pretty good start on building the scene. I initially expected to be able to put the Highway 17 bridge in front of the hole in the backdrop and start laying the rails for the Inco loader. After I built a mock-up of the highway bridge, it became apparent that there was at least one major problem. The bridge is supposed to go over the Webbwood, but the Copper Cliff spur is supposed to look like it’s running beside the highway. The distance between the mainline and the spur was insufficient to build the west bridge abutment. I decided that the best approach was to move the spur toward the edge of the layout. Doing this would encroach upon the tracks at the Inco loader, so in the end I chose to tear out and relocate the spur track and the Inco tracks. And in order to remove the industrial spur track, I had to tear out the curved part of the backdrop behind the scene. In the military, I think they call this “mission creep.”
After the devastation, I started to experiment with the new alignment for the industrial spur. Initially, I expected to build the roadbed on plywood sections joined with biscuits and held up with risers. You can see in this shot that I was able to move the industrial spur away from the Webbwood Sub by a few inches – enough room to put the abutment for the highway bridge and the fill for the highway.
I bailed on the idea of using plywood very early on. I decided that I would have to build the new connection from the Webbwood to the helix down to the Copper Cliff industrial area using spline, which is the standard roadbed at the WRMRC.
In the next update, you’ll see how the roadbed, track, and backdrop progress.