Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Room Ready for Last Section of the Layout

I am so close to completing the mainline of the railroad!!!!  Since the last post, I built some bench work to get the mainline out of the back room, installed a drop ceiling in the front room and installed some more lighting.  All that's left to get the mainline complete is to build bench work and lay track for the Wheaton, IL area.

These first couple of pictures are taken as you first walk into the front room and show the new drop ceiling and lighting.  The empty wall to the right is where the Wheaton, IL area will be located.

  The next two photos were taken walking into the back room. The new bench work to take the mainline out of the room is to the right.  From that bench work, the mainline will pass through the wall and into the Wheaton, IL area in the front room.

The following pictures are taken walking to the back of the backroom.

Now, we turn around and snap a few pics while walking back out of the rooms.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

I finally have all sections moved from the old layout in Rochelle assembled into the new layout here in Georgia. Nine and a half of the 11 sections made it into the new layout. Overall I have been very happy with the way the sections held up through the packing, 760 miles travel, unpacking and storage over the past year. As of July 1, we have now lived in Georgia one year.


From the pictures you can get an idea of the finish level of this room of the layout.  I'll still paint the floor as some point, but that will be as finished as it will get.  I still have a lot of work to do, but I am happy with the progress.  As you can see, I need to add a backdrop to the Rochelle area.

The UP/BNSF crossing signals made it through the move pretty much unscathed.  Screwing the margarine containers over the signals worked beautifully.  It'll be interesting to see if they will still light up when connected to the signal driver.
Part of Global III did not make it into the new configuration so a new section had to be added.  The new configuration will be an improvement since the old Global III was curved an it is now prototypically straight.
Next up will be bench work and track for the Wheaton, IL area and then the layout will completed around the entire basement.  My goal is to have that completed by August 1.