“Al, I have thoroughly enjoyed your daily blog posts and have found quite a few useful tips for use on my layout.
Back in October of 2020 I sent you a write-up on my modest N-scale railroad which you were kind enough to publish on your blog.
At that time I was hoping that I could somehow find a way to expand my layout (which is located in the smallest bedroom of my apartment).
I wanted to include a sawmill as well as a lumber yard. I only had room for a 3 foot by 4 foot extension which did not leave enough space for a stream or small river to float timber to the sawmill.
I decided to use flat bed tractor-trailers to transport the timber into the sawmill as well as to haul off the finished lumber to retail outlets and lumber yards.
I decided to use an N-scale sawmill kit from Walthers, but scratch built the structures for the lumber yard with the exception of the yard’s office building. I included a small picnic area nestled in among the evergreens so the workers could enjoy their lunch breaks.
I have included several photos in no particular order with some short notations.
Northcoast Timber Sawmill with tractor-trailers bringing in fresh cut timber and a truckload of finished lumber headed out. Forklifts keep busy moving and loading finished lumber on trucks.
Forklifts busy moving lumber at sawmill.
HOBO shack (Notice the smart-ass kid sitting on the roof. *LOL*)
Industrial section of layout. I built a TV and cell phone antenna tower to hide the seam between the two background panels.
Church and graveyard in original section of layout.
Engineer’s main control panel. I will be adding a secondary control panel to control the five turnouts added for the layout expansion. Still have a fair amount of wiring beneath the layout.
Leo’s Lumber Yard with busy forklifts
Overall view of layout (at least as much as I could get into the photo). It gives a little perspective of what I could squeeze into that tiny room.
I placed my most commonly used tools into holders so I didn’t have to drag out tool boxes whenever I needed a screwdriver or a pair of pliers.
I hope you enjoy them.
Thank you for all you have done for the modeling community !!!!!
Kindest regards and stay healthy,
Lexington Park, Maryland, USA”
And now on to Hall of Fame member, Dangerous Dave:
“Hi Al, no changes for a change!
But have just uploaded a short running session on the layout, well got to keep them wheels moving..been a bit too cold for venturing in to loft of late, but thought I had better just run a few to keep my hand in..as they say…
That’s all for today folks.
A big thanks to Dick and Dave.
Loved how much of the print out scenery Dick had on his layout. Course, I’m biased, but I thought it looked fab.
That’s all for today folks.
Please do keep ’em coming.
And don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide is here if you want to get going on your own layout.