PROGRESS - 2003
To see other
construction progress pages, click on the appropriate text string.
to Construction Progress
looking towards the corner where the helix will be. The
paneled wall will be gone.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
view from the opposite direction - you can see the third new table
is basically up, against the far wall. This will hold Thermopolis
- 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!
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.