G’day Folks, Back into it at last. Sadler’s Sidings is my current really active project. It is a table top modular shunting layout that uses T-TRAK/Unitrack technology to join 3 by 300mm long modules plus a 100mm long ‘end of the line module’ and two clip on bufferstops. The basic concept is focused around a freight forwarding company called ‘Sadler’s Freight Forwarding’. I chose the name Sadler’s for two main reasons. Firstly there is the prototype Sadleir’s Logistics who make use of regular rail service with their sidings in Melbourne, Perth & Sydney. See: http://www.sadleirs.com.au/sadleirs-logistics/interstate-road-rail. Secondly, my grandmother on my mother’s side was a Sadler who migrated out to Australia from England early last century. By using that spelling I can capture the flavour and concept of the prototype operation without issues of trying to be `accurate’. The layout is to represent a Sadler’s rail depot in the industrial area of a major city where there has been an original corrugated iron warehouse and as business has grown adjacent buildings have been occupied and renovated or replaced with more modern construction. Other industries and goods transfer areas will occupy the rest of the layout. Future expansion is always a possibility and is very likely once I have goth the 3 main modules up to a reasonable level of scenery and structures. To see the Sadleir’s prototype operations in Google Maps and Bing Maps the street addresses are: PERTH: 75 Leach Hwy,Kewdale WA 6105 MELBOURNE: 525 Geelong Rd,Brooklyn VIC 3012 – Old Site now closed 550 Melbourne Rd, Spotswood VIC 3015 – New site, bo9th Google Maps and Bing Maps show views of old rail workshops on which the new depot is built. Photos of new site – http://www.railgeelong.com/gallery/newport-sunshine/spotswood-depot/ SYDNEY: 113-115 Punchbowl Road Belfield, New South Wales 2191 The overall scenery style is to be generic Australian. While I intend to operate Australian prototype rollingstock most of the time there will be sessions when I will break out my British, European and Japanese items and go IRWIL mode. (IRWIL – I Run What I Like). One of the aspects of T-TRAK type modules is the 2mm gap that appears between them because of the Unitrack overhang. On the usual T-TRAK situations the flow of scenery and general viewing angles normally reduces the effect, but in a table t0p situation where the operator is sitting only tens of centimeters from the modules the gap becomes more noticeable. My trial effort at closing the gap is to apply 5mm wide strips of approximately 1mm thick `craft foam’ along the ends of each module under the projecting edge of the Unitrack. The craft foam is compressible like neoprene and so it should be able to absorb any woodwork/overhang problems. It should also be able to handle a coat of paint on the edge along with a light application of ground foam/static grass without losing the compression.