Gary’s been back in touch with his 17×17 train layout (well it’s not exactly square as you’ll read…)
It’s been over a year since we last spoke.
Moved to the new house in December 2020 unfortunately was not able to start on the Layout till April of 2021, due to some health issues.
Been working on it now for eight months. Finally was able to run a train around the room, last week.
Right now it’s just a Plywood Pacific. But I’d like to share with you some photos of the future CSX Monon Division Railroad.
To give you a little history of what I’m doing. This is a Prototypical freelance Railroad. Not modeled after any specific place just kind of a general area.
I am modeling modern times. The train layout sits in a 24 x 20 detached building. The actual layout is built in a trapezoidal shape. 17 1/2 feet across the bottom, 17 feet up the right side 12 feet up the left side. In 19 feet across the diagonal.
I’m using code 100 atlas flex track. Most of my switches are Peco and Shinahara. Merry With a few Atlas mixed in.
I am running Digitrax DCC system. Plan on setting up so I can have occupancy detectors in the lower staging yards. I’ve already to these tracks individually to be able to do this down the road when I’m ready.
Unfortunately with no place else to store all my trains, buildings and scenery the room is a little crowded and stays messy I apologize for the disarray. But I wanted to share a few photos with you.
I will check back in periodically and let you know how the progress is coming.
My Layout is being featured on our division eight NMRA zoom meeting next Saturday, so I’m trying to get as much done before then as possible.
The beginning with no room to work!
Laying out the lower staging yard.
To the left goes down to the lower staging yard.
Layout starting to take shape. Working on the swing gate to get into the center peninsula.
Was able to complete the swing gate with the help of a very good friend a retired Air Force Colonel Bruce Sanders. He has been instrumental in helping me design and create this layout.
By using brass tubing and nails with a spring he was able to make connectors for me to transfer power from the main Layout over to the swing gate without any wires hanging down. I simply solder a wire on the backside of these. And then there’s another nail on the swing gate that is stationary that I solder the wire onto there.
Laying out the main yard. You can see the swing gate at the bottom of the picture.
Laying out the town above the upper staging yard.
I hope to have more updates for you soon.
Thanks again for all you do for the hobby I always enjoy looking at your post. And Marvel at the workmanship of all the Modelers that you share.
Now on to Wayne.
He’s living proof that where there is a will, there’s a way:
“I came up with a very tight hole that I needed to work from.
Due to my Parkinson I don’t have the strength to lift myself up in that small hole. My work back there came to a holt.
About the same time I broke my elbow. This put me in the hospital for a week.
This gave me time to think of a way to get up in that small hole.
I bought a 1/4 ton elect. cable hoist. I got it mounted it to the ceiling on rollers with unstrut channel.
All I need to do is push a button and up I go far enough to stand. Now I can get back to work.
Something to think about for us old guys and the cost was less than $200.
That’s all for today folks. Let us know your thoughts below.
A big thanks to Wayne and Gary.
Please do keep ’em coming.
And if today is the day you get started, the model train Beginner’s Guide is here.