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Carter and Todd
Building the Table
Jan. 2007
 

With the long winters in the Berkshires, Carla thought that Carter and Dad should have a winter project to work on.  So on Christmas morning Santa dropped off a train set.  Below are the images through the progression of the HO train layout. Now the train (and the family) reside in Georgia, of course, so the hot days we can 't be outside, we've reassembled the train and added a new section so it fits the room...

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WARNING
HIGH RESOLUTION PHOTOS
(Cable/DSL recommended)

Original Plan (Concept)
Era: 1970's
Location: Midwest
Season: Summer

 

Week #1 (1/8/07)

Substructure of the table (4'x12' in 2 sections)

Substructure of the table (4'x12' in 2 sections)

1/2" Birch Plywood applied (4'x12' in 2 sections)

 

Carter showing off

Adding the base foam...

Week #3 (1/22/07)
Had to wait for Track (Kato Unitrack HO)

Train - Left End (Switch Yard/Siding)

Train - Right End (Future Mountain/Lake)

Train - Full Down View

 

Mountain/Tunnel (Feb. 2007)
- Building Mountains/Tunnel

Painting the Tunnel

Painting the Tunnel, Mountain done.

Painting the Tunnel, Mountain done.

Painting the Tunnel, Mountain done.  Ground Cover is Next!

Completed Right Side of the Layout.

Creek zoomed in

Creek zoomed out

Final control panel, Switch Map

Sash/Door Company, Main Street

Lumber Yard

View into the Valley & River (East Side)

West Side Switch Yard, Grain Elevators

Full Train Layout
(The sign was Todd's Valentines Day Gift)

Suwanee, GA (Summer 2008) (below)
- Added New Section (to fit in new basement)
- New Mountain (painted by the girls)
- Always Adding Additional Details (Cars, Trucks, Lumber, ...)

Painting that new mountain (carefully)

Painting that new mountain (carefully)

Painting that new mountain (carefully)

 

 

In honor of both Grandpa's named Bob

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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