CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS - 2003

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The Old House

2004

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Early 2003

We're looking towards the corner where the helix will be. The  paneled wall will be gone.

The walls won't be sheetrocked as they were in the previous house (shown on this page), but they are painted, and will be hidden by backdrops, as will the green waste piping you see here. I also plan to remove all the existing light fixtures and install a beadboard plywood ceiling with plenty of recessed fluorescent fixture to light the area to work. The layout itself will be lit by a variety of lights - the top level will have light valences against the ceiling, and the lower level will be lit by lights attached to the underside of the upper level.

The layout was reassembled a few months ago, and is now in place. I have a photo of that, and it will be posted as soon as I return home from Amarillo and can load it onto the website.

This rather dark image is also an early 2003 photo of the basement.

The picture is shot roughly from the location of the helix towards Thermopolis on the lower level, and Lovell and Orin Junction on the upper. Running along the right wall will be Glenrock on the lower level, and Douglas and Greybull on the upper.

August

We're looking in the same general direction as in the photo below, but a little more along the front wall of the basement. In the far left of this photo, you can see the remains of the power panels that are in the left of the following photo. In the distance, you can see that the paneled wall that separated the utilities from the main room is now gone, and to the left of center, on the far wall, you can see the new power panel almost completely installed. Still a lot of cleanup to do, clearly, and I plan on installing a ceiling and better lighting, but that will happen over the next few years, as I continue building benchwork and track on the lower level. Probably I should finish all that before I move ahead with the layout, as putting up ceiling panels and lighting will be more cumbersome trying to reach over benchwork, but I have to rebuild the heating system of the next few years - before I can install the ceiling - and I don't want to wait on the layout. I'll just have to be careful, I guess!

I have all the power I'll need for this layout, plus probably some to spare! The two strange-looking outlets are 120 volt, 30 amp (each!) receptacles. I plan to use one for layout lighting and the outlets which are spaced around the edge of the lower benchwork and provide power for tools (Dremel, hot glue gun, etc.) and such. The other will power the trains and accessories. 

These are located near the helixes, and will feed two distribution panels that will hold 15 and 20 amp breakers.

November

November 1st - New construction is finally underway! On the left side of this photo you can see new tables as they looked on November 1st. On the right (where the sawhorses are) will be the peninsula that will hold Cody and Laurel, and the Seattle staging yard.

A view from the opposite direction - you can see the third new table is basically up, against the far wall. This will hold Thermopolis someday.

Mid-month - The new tables along the front wall now have some track! What you're seeing is the to-be-hidden track that represents the NP mainline between Seattle and Minneapolis.  If we back far enough around the track on which the train sits, we'll come to the Seattle staging yard. Ahead of the train the track will curve to the left and stretch to the opposite side of the basement, where the Minneapolis staging yard will be. The clear track to the left of the train in this photo is the line returning from Minneapolis staging. it curves around in the foreground and finally will get to the Laurel yard, which will be the only visible part of the entire folded dogbone-shaped run!

A view from the opposite direction. Those long tangents sure will look good! Too bad they'll be invisible!! But the visible tracks on the Wyoming Mainline will look great also (I hope).

The Laurel/Cody peninsula is already underway - there will be some photos of that in the next website update in a couple of months.

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