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We found a new home
Building dedication and modular layout
Starting construction of the permanent layout
The layout is in - Let's run some trains!
Working on the railroad
Progress shows on the layout
Now and Then - see how far we've come
Narrow gauge line
Our first official Operating Session
More operating session pictures
Pike Scenes - showing off our layout
2010 Christmas Party
2019 Christmas Party
2022 Christmas Party
Spring 2012 Spouse Operating Session
Spring 2014 Spouse Operating Session
The Woodlands Photography Club visits APN

Mainline running
We've got mainline, let's run trains!
It's still a long way before our layout will be finished, but building it is big part of the fun. That doesn't mean we won't take any opportunity along the way to run our trains.  In this photo album you'll see that  some scenery and industries have gone in, but mainly, you'll see trains! (Actually, since these photos, a LOT more town and sceneries have gone in)

An AT&SF Manifest tops out of one of the nested helixes of Mt. Stephens ...

... and curves behind the area that will eventually become the town of Burnito

And then snakes its way around an S-shaped curve

At Control Point (CP) Watt

With a large layout you can realistically run long trains!

At the original site of our refinery.

We've since re-arranged things at least a few times.
The refinery has moved to a bigger site on the river, and this location
 now hosts a couple of warehouses and a bulk fuel dealer.

Another shot of the refinery, which has since been moved and expanded.

A Big Boy with a long string of box cars making its way gracefully around a bend ...

... and along the side of a hill

A spindly trestle over Ded Hoarce Gorge, which extends into our meeting room.

This is the rough in of the major scenic element that greats you as you enter the front door of our
clubhouse.  It has since been completed, but at the time of this picture it was plaster cloth draped
over blocks of Styrofoam.  Since the trestle supports extend down to knee height, we made them
out of solid hardwood disguised with concrete colored paint. They are not necessarily prototypical,
but they are sturdy enough to withstand the bumps they are exposed to in this high traffic location.


A B&O Manifest pokes out of a tunnel ...

... and crosses over Ded Hoarce Gorge ...

... and continues ...

... around our layout

Conroe Yard, the main classification yard

The open real estate in the center foreground of this picture now holds trackage leading to a
diesel service facility.  Did I mention we make changes to the layout as we go?  The trackage
in the yard has been reworked to convert this into a single ended yard to allow for more
efficient switching. Just like the prototype might do.


Another shot of Conroe Yard with a long freight passing in the upper background.

 Between the upper track and the yard is one one of the longest
passing sidings on the layout, at over 50' in length!


That track to the far left is HOn3 narrow gauge, and next to it is dual gauge track.

This is one of two places on the layout where there will be
interchange between the narrow gauge and the rest of our railroad.


Some of our DCC equipment.

 On the upper shelf is is a Wangrow SystemOne command station and 10 amp  booster,
along with a power supply made be one of our members.  On the lower shelf is one of the
3 DC power supplies for our stall type switch machines and our C/MRI equipment.  We've since
expanded and have 3 additional boosters on the layout with plans to add at least one more.


A railfan's-eye view of a NS container train blasting out of a tunnel and making its way along Atticuss River.

Notice the signal towers. These are operational. At the time this photo was taken only these
2 signals were installed, but eventually we plan to have the whole layout signaled prototypically.
But signal towers are frail and easily damaged by us 500+ HO scale foot tall giants.
We will install the rest of the signals as we complete sections of scenery.


The NS freight makes its way around the base of Mt. Stephens.

Mount Stephens was named in honor of 2 of our fallen members. RIP


In this shot you can see the mock-up of the types of bridges begin considered at this site

Some empties await pick-up at a yard in the Paper Mill

Two members mulling over something at our 23' long workbench.

Above them are the 2 yards that are the end points of the APN Conroe Division.

A train starting of from one of these yards through an opening in the wall at the
far end will wind its way over 530' of mainline track and return to the other yard. 

To the left of this picture, both yards extend through another pair of openings
in the wall and down to 2 large staging yards located under the layout proper. 
There are also 2 balloon tracks down below that allow whole trains to be turned
 around and returned to either of the 2 yards shown above. 


Updated 02/11/2020