Tools and lumber ready to be put to use
Here's the jig to mass produce benchwork modules
Duane Darling and David Tumulty rip plywood into 1"x3"
dimensional strips as Marty Barkley looks on
At long last. Steven Foster stands next to the first benchwork
module to be installed.
David and Duane screw 2 more modules together
With all those modules pre-made and ready, the assembly goes
The room is getting built out
Another shot of the benchwork
Benchwork taking shape. The modular layout was moved into the
meeting room and out of the way.
Duane at the table saw, Marty and David assembling a module in
Pocket screw hold it all together. They can be easily
removed, allowing rearrangement of the
cross joists if necessary, to clear Tortoise machines of
Benchwork along the south wall
Barry Cottrell, Mike Kremheller and Scott Kurzawski start
running wires under the layout
Benchwork for the Larkspur staging yard
The rough benchwork is pretty much complete
This shot of our two nested helixes show how the plywood
sub-roadbed is constructed.
These helixes change in diameter and cross over each other,
making their construction more difficult.
The "glues" brothers, Mike Kremheller and John Christiansen,
The helixes are ready for track
Looking out across the emerging layout from the entrance door
A shot taken from another corner
Couldn't wait for all the track to get down to put out a string
At long last, the inaugural train makes a test run, snaking its
way down temporary
track laid on one of the 2 stacked staging yards over the
The test train passing through the wall separating the layout
room from the workroom
Running down the track across the benchwork for the Larkspur
staging yard ...
.. and running out of track. Have to quit playing and lay more
Charlie Richmond ponders the location of the diesel service
as Jim Dunnuck & Ray McClure look on
Mock up of what will become the Paper Mill in Paulsboro
Hidden staging in Shashone Yard
One of the two grades down to the 2 hidden staging yards
With the below layout balloon track, whole trains can be turned
Miguel Macias helps steady the valence over what will ultimately
become our Dispatcher's Desk