Before going any further, lets go back to the beginning when I built the layout. Fortunately I took photos of most of my key structures as I built them including the building on it's base before I added it to the layout. Even though I didn't plan on tearing the layout apart at the time I took the photos they proved invaluable as I started removing the structures from the layout. By following the photos it was quite easy to know where I had to soak the ground cover in order to remove the scenery and easily lift the structure out and save it for a future installation. One thing I overlooked that caused me a little grief was that I didn't note that I had screwed the base to the scenery. I was having difficulty getting the creamery up until I realised this oversight so I suggest if you're going to take photos also note anything else such as the placement of screws because otherwise after 15 years one tends to forget these details.
|This is the creamery ready to be removed after all the details were removed and safely stored for future use.|
|Carefully soak the area around the structure with water and let it soak in for several minute. Small details such as barrels and milk cans should be removed before this step and safely stored away.|
|The scenery has been scraped away, screws removed and the structure ready to be lifted out.|
|Here the creamery sits, safely removed from the layout and ready to be used on the new layout when the time comes.|
|The water soluble methods not only works for large structures but for anything you want to remove from the scenery. Here a signal bridge and related signal equipment is about to be soaked and removed.|