interested, here are a few shots of how far I got on the layout while I
was in the old house. I wouldn't spend much time here if I were you -
what's happening now is much more interesting than what happened a few
to Construction Progress
The leftmost framework
in the alcove is in place, and the yard throat for the West end of
the GN East staging yard is in, complete with Tortoise switch
machines installed, though not yet wired. All four yard tracks are
laid, as you can see in the right behind the yellow chalk dust
bottle, to about 1/3 of their total length.
This close-up view of
the area under the yard throat (on the wall with a window in the
picture above this one) shows two of the three Tortoise machines.
The two wires running horizontally are the red and green, number
12 gauge wires that serve as power busses for the tracks in this
area. The power pack on the right is temporary (probably temporary
for the next year or two). Near the center is a 120-volt outlet -
this will be extended around the layout on the forward L-girder of
the benchwork, providing power for saws, drills, etc., and for
right now, power for the temporary power pack. It will not
be used to power the layout permanently - Layout power will become
separate circuits in the future.
Here's the state of
construction as of January 1st, 2001 - The first tracks are in for
the NP Mainline staging yard under Cody, which will extend beyond
the front of the train to the right.