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|Posted: Fri Mar 9th, 2012 02:40 am||
|Now for the real story.
A temporary layout was set up around the Christmas tree in December 2004 using the track supplied with Bachmann’s Wonderland Express.
In March of 2005 a temporary outdoor layout using LGB brass track was placed on the pool deck.
Construction was begun in April on the permanent layout. The filled in swimming pool was ringed with railroad ties. The roadbed was 8” X 8” X 16” concrete blocks. The north end of the layout was left open for fill and for drainage LGB track was laid directly on the concrete blocks. As construction progressed, Aristocraft track was purchased to complete the 14’ X 32’ oval. The track was joined using Aristocraft rail clamps.
Low voltage landscape lighting wire, run through conduit, supplied track power. Five electrical connections were spaced about 15’ apart.
Ten yards of compacting sand was then wheel barrowed in to raise the ground up level with the roadbed and build a mountain for a tunnel and a waterfall for Otter Lake. After the filling was completed, two scratch built trestles and an Eaglewings girder bridge finished the oval.
As health issues developed, I needed to elevate my track. I tried to figure out how to do that, without moving tons of soil. When I came across Dave Fulghum’s Lone Peak & Western Web Site, I knew I found the way. After receiving approval from the CFO [wife], the first procurement of lumber occurred in December 2008. The track was removed and site leveling was done in early January 2009. Construction began using the techniques described on the nctxas.org construction page in late January; on August 10th all of the modules of the 17' X 40' layout have been completed.
The summer of 2011 was excessively hot here and led to curtailment of operations. When the weather improves this spring operations will begin again.
Last edited on Fri Mar 9th, 2012 02:44 am by rogerssantafe
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