April 8, 2005... Peter Sierson, Tom Staggs and Steve Wright
descended on the Beckett residence at 9:30am and left a built and
foamed layout ready for track at 4:30pm.
Supervision was given by Barry
Peter had spent a lot of time
beforehand so this could go together quickly!
Financial Director: Diane Beckett
Tuesday May 17, 2005, construction continued:
We were almost stopped before we got started! This sign was put
up right before Barry's road!
we snuck in 6 construction workers and began at 9:00 am.
Barry decided that he was not going to have the dividing
so we had a clear work area.
The first thing was to install (tape) the 1-1 printed layout on the
By cutting along each track we were then able to outline the track plan
on the foam itself.
the Cork was laid down over the lines.
We had to go out and buy more of these.
Tuesday May 31, 2005, construction continued:
We figured out we had more than
1850 push pins on the layout when the cork roadbed was finished.
While the cork roadbed was drying the buss lines was pulled through pre
drilled holes under the layout.
Six holes were sawed into the layout sides for the loconet panels.
The loconet panels were
installed and the loconet was pulled thorough the pre drilled holes.
A shelf for the DCC equipment was built and hung
under the side of the layout.
Finally, the cork adhesive was dry enough to pull the pins and start
laying the track!
The track was laid, corners first. The 60 turnouts
were positioned and welded (soldered) in as they were reached.
Feeder wire holes were drilled.
Then each track had its feeder wires soldered
to the buss line.
Trains were running, controlled by DCC, as the team walked out at
Team consist: Joe
Butler, Mike Curtis, Jimmie Guthrie, J.P. Ralph, Tom
supervised by Barry Beckett and his Financial Officer Diane
Again the construction team started at 9:00 am
All the remaining track was soldered together and glued to the
This included: the inside main, the yard, passenger yard, 3 coal
yards, icing facilities, and passing sidings. Spurs for other
industries, such as a gravel pit, grain storage, oil refinery and feed mill were
laid off the branch line.
The six bridges across the river were soldered in.
Varnish on inside main.
are some pictures of a walk around the layout
Team consist: Joe
Butler, Mike Curtis, Joel Gilchrist, Marquies
J.P. Ralph, Tom
Staggs, Steve Wright
to come as this layout
continues to be built.
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