It's been quite a long time since I took on the challenge of constructing my first 009 layout, which you all know as Fablewood. After 7 odd years since the former was completed, the time has come for me to produce a sequel. This thread will explain the construction process of my new creation, as and how it unfolds. It all begins with a pile of thin 5ft x 1ft pieces of soft plywood (usually ideal for backscenes), kindly handed to me by a fellow member at Rainhill M.R.C. Having sat in the garage for some time, I felt that some of that plywood could come in handy as a challenge; to design and operate an end-to-end layout that would be ideal for table-top operation, and not take up so much space. The premise is for a small harbour, being the terminal point of the Fablewood Railway. Shunting of wagons can be expected to happen, as well as regular passenger trains moving in and out. The era? Well, anything goes I suspect; from the 60's onwards, up to the present day (a bit like Fablewood, due to the mix of classic and nearly up to date vehicles). Below is a rough idea knocked up in AnyRail5, as to how the plan looks (not to scale, and subject to alteration); any advice on power feeds, isolation points and other areas of wiring, would be appreciated. A few points to be made. A - The 'dotted' area is intended to be the fiddle yard, and a separate baseboard will be constructed for it. B - The tracks with the Peco wagon turntables are intended to resemble a short quay. C - The two sidings on the left of the plan, will be for goods wagons in the harbour. The ones on the right will be a storage siding, and engine shed. And now, let the fun begin! Here's the piece of wood, in question. This particular one is acting as the 'base', where the harbour area is intended to be, with a piece of 2400x34x18 mm white wood running across the top. The 2400x34x18 mm white wood piece alongside the plywood, prior to measuring and cutting to fit. After sawing to the required length, the soft white wood piece was glued to the plywood (wood glue being used, before screwed into place... Like so. A length-ways view of the white wood piece in place. Next, the 'quay' area was marked out with two straight lines drawn in pen... Before more of the white wood piece was cut to length, and glued into place. A spare piece of the plywood was measured and cut to length accordingly... Before being glued and nailed into position. With the bottom half completed, another piece of 5ft by 1ft was glued, nailed and screwed on top, with supports underneath for stability (these you will see, in due course). As I type, more of the white wood lengths are going underneath the bottom half of the baseboard, to provide stability. The top half will also get this treatment. Underneath, consideration has been given to leave deliberate gaps, in order to enable gradual wiring to be carried out. More to follow, as progress unfolds. Comments welcome as always.