Sometimes something must move…

That’s the case with the layout expansion. Several things will change on the original layout. Of course the siding down the left hand side will now become the extended main to the other modules. With that, the chain link fence, the two tanks, the loading rack, and the pump house will all move to the new location for Allied. The pump house however will move back over to Dickinson yard for the diesel fuel facility. The prefab Bachmann office building will move to the new Allied location as the security office.

As mentioned in the other recent post, the PC freight house will move to the new Allied location as the shipping warehouse for the plant. The freight house is by AMB, and is their “general service building”. This again will allow me to have a parking lot/loading area for trucks at Armitage Furniture.

Dickinson yard will now become just a small support yard, albeit with the diesel service facility. The new eight foot yard will become the “new” Dickinson yard. I’ll have a rip track here, and a caboose track, but the engine facility will supposedly be off the front edge of the layout.

I’ll have to take a bit of modelers’ license on these modules as well, as I’ll be adding a grain elevator, fertilizer plant, and a new expanded freight station which will also now house the secondary’s train dispatchers, as this building very much resembles the building that was used on the prototype in Charleston.

Last but not least, I’ve pretty much standardized my locomotive roster on PC locomotives, with the exception of an N&W unit, which is now for sale on the Weathering Depot page. I’ll have five PC locomotives to service all of the expanded layout, which I foresee will be enough.

Below are several photos of the “old” chemical plant taken off the layout at this point, and in another photo the new track butted up against the old siding, becoming the new main.


Expansion update….

Well, today with some excellent help, we were able to cut the last bit of fascia to put on the backside of the right hand modules, that will be walked behind to reach the back of the layout. After cutting, the fascia was glued on and clamped. This job I’ll let dry for twenty-four hours.

I have in my possession plaster cloth, Sculptamold, and roadbed material. Next step is to paint the remainder of the just applied fascia, let that dry after several coats, then clamp/bolt the modules together and to the original 4×8 and level these. I’ll then fill in any gaps with the Sculptamold and let that set up.

Next up will be to draw the track center lines out on the modules and start laying track! Of course afterwards will come the wiring, then ballast, then I’ll apply the plaster cloth as a scenery base, then paint this. Scenery will come next, along with the buildings, a few at a time. It’s amazing the building kits will run more than the cost of everything else put together!

Below are photos of progress as of today:


I’ve cut in another switch and two sidings as shown. The right hand switch in the foreground will carry over to the short front module on the right hand side of the layout to service a scrapyard called “Sullivan’s Scrap” to honor a good friend and former co-worker, and to service a representation of Union Carbide’s Electro-Met division which was at Alloy, West Virginia, right on the banks of the Kanawha River.


This as you can see will be the first left hand module, lined up basically with the original layout. The track extending from the left front corner is the main and will continue along the back side of this module. The right hand switch coming off will service one industry, with room left at the side edge to continue the gravel road into this module. The track in the foreground will extend from the end module into this one to service another industry in this bottom front corner of the photo. The back side behind the main will be sceniked with some static grass and a row of super trees.


A portion of the end left hand module with the main doing an S curve to accommodate some of the tracks for a now even larger Allied Chemical. The track again curving off onto the front module will serve an industry on this side (shipping department for the chemical plant).


This is almost all of the end module. This will leave a pretty complex switching dilemma here in this area. The track in the background vearing off at an angle will service some tank car racks, as will the track in the foreground where the tank car sits. The middle track is the main which will deadend at the edge of the module. The front portion of the module from left end to the curve where the right switch is will be several tanks, the refracking tower, some pump houses, and a security office into the complex. Where the small building sits will sit another tank and berm, plus some smaller tanks and a pump house. This will allow me to accommodate more tank cars, plus boxcars for the shipping warehouse.

Almost forgot to add this update. I’ll lose one industry/company from the original layout, this being the PC freight house in Dickinson yard. This will become the shipping warehouse for the expanded Allied Chemical. This will make way for a parking/loading area for the Armitage Furniture Company, which I haven’t been able to do before.

Spring Creek comes through again…!

In putting together a list of materials for my expansion, I discovered on a major hobby retailer’s website that quite a few of the materials I needed were out of stock with no known delivery date. Not to worry however, as I called Spring Creek Model Trains  over in Deshler, Nebraska, and low and behold, as before, they had all the materials in stock!

I have to mention their fast shipping via Priority USPS mail as always, so you also get your supplies fast! If you need supplies, or model railroad stock you can’t find anywhere else, and want it fast,  be sure to give these great folks at Spring Creek a call. I won’t shop anywhere else! More info on Spring Creek Model Trains


Expansion started!

Here is a brief update on my layout expansion. I have made quite a bit of progress in two weeks, as you’ll see in the several photos below. I have five modules now built and up on legs using hex bolts as adjustable feet. With the exception of two four foot modules, none of the modules are bolted together as yet. The two four foot long yard modules are however bolted to form one long 8 foot yard.

The legs and supporting cross members for the actual frames were done with birch wood. Plywood strips were used for cross members on the legs. All the legs have braces attached to the frames, one brace on each side. All the fascia is now installed as well, and as of yesterday, has three coats of forest green paint on them. I left one piece of fascia off the back of the 8 ft yard, but will probably install that next and paint.

The left side modules are all lined up with the existing layout as of now. The total length of the modules down the left side will be a total of 9 feet long by 2 feet wide. Total length down the right hand side will be 10 feet including the yard. That about fills my garage, with 2 feet along the back of the original layout to move behind.

The two yard modules I envision will have an industrial siding with three industries, with the next track moving towards the front of the layout being an overflow/yard track for these industries. The next track will be the main, with the following two tracks being yard tracks. Two short stub tracks at the front will be a caboose track and rip track respectively. The last lead will have a trailing point switch headed straight for the short 2ft x 2ft extension module in front for two industries, one being a team track, and the other being a representation of Electro-Met at Alloy. The industries envisioned for the back of the yard modules are in this order: a warehouse or manufacturing industry, a fertilizer plant, and a large grain elevator.

The first left hand module I envision a crossing off the main with a grocery distributor on one front edge, with another warehouse on the other front edge. The longer second module I envision a slightly larger version of Allied Chemical and a scrapyard. I may reverse the scrapyard however between the first and second module.

On these modules I plan to lay down plaster cloth as a scenery base first. As mentioned before, I plan to use Super Trees by Scenic Express on these, as well as static grass. All turnouts will be hand thrown with Caboose Industries switch throws. NYC limestone ballast and yard mix will again be used for the main and sidings.

I already have in my possession an NCE booster, another four bus panels, and an extra Cab 6 throttle for use. I envision the need eventually of eight more bill boxes for waybill use for all the industries. Flex track, rail joiners, and roadbed material plus switches I needed all arrived yesterday, so today I start laying out the track plan. The yard except for cutting in the one switch previously mentioned is completed.

More updates to follow. Stay tuned!