2021-04-24 Back on Track Temporary Page
Hiatus for college, then more incomplete layouts as I moved around the country for work. Philadelphia, Florida, California, Seattle... Concept for current layout began developing in 1984 in California.
This was also the start of a disturbing trend - every time I started on scenery, the layout had to come down for a move! This became a repetitious theme in my layout construction resume.
Finally wound up in Wenonah, New Jersey, in my "forever" house, in 1997. Was going to spend the rest of my life there. Still my favorite house of everywhere I've lived or owned.
Started Version 1 of "The CB&Q in Wyoming." It represents the Burlington Route Casper Division in Wyoming, plus the tail end of the Chicago & North Western Cowboy Line from Crawford Nebraska to Lander Wyoming. This was my first layout with a fully developed concept before construction began.
Ambitious track plan - two full decks with a footprint a bit over 600 square feet.
Marriage and a new house in 2001. Now comes Version 2 of The CB&Q in Wyoming. By far the most ambitious - Two decks in 967 square feet.
Look - in the distance - scenery! Must be about time to move!
And I have never said "forever" home about anyplace I've lived since Wenonah.
This is the NP yard. To get a sense of the size, in the distance is a Walthers 130' turntable and the first supports of the Modern Roundhouse just to the right of the coaling tower.
Unfortunately, after just a few years my wife took ill and we had to move closer to Charleston. Down came this layout in early 2015.
This time I was going to do everything right. For six months we worked on the train room, which takes up a bit over half the basement. We added flooring, insulation and walls. By late June of 2020 the room was finished except for some trim.
Colors selected for the room were the Standard structure colors for the Burlington around 1940 - the era I'm modeling. Indian Red is the wall color, and trim is Bronze Green.
Construction on the layout began on 27 June of last year, with the reintegration of Casper Yard. Like I said, bringing it along was a great jump start on the new layout. Instead of months to build a new Casper yard, it took only a couple weeks to get it back up and running.
And of course the layout construction is chronicled in monthly YouTube video updates. So for that matter was room preparation. It's interesting to look back and see all we had to do.