The Home and
Design of the RGW....
Currently Under Construction (Literally)
(Shell) - Train Room (Interior)
- Layout Design
The layout is always a work in progress
and this page will be devoted to updating that progress. For review
purposes, while there are numerous sections remaining from the initial design,
much of that layout will ultimately be scrapped for key parts.
The benchwork is made of pine and all
joints are made using a biscuit joiner. The lack of mechanical fasteners
is a personal choice, but those who have spoken of the finished product have
raved about its strength. At one point in the prior layout, we had two
people up on the benchwork to prove that exact point. All subroadbed is
made from 1/2 inch plywood and the roadbed is a product called
California Roadbed, formerly
known as Homabed. Track is code
83 flex, with Atlas being the primary source. Turnouts are from Atlas,
mostly Custom Series, No. 6's. We do make use of curved turnouts from
Shinohara where needed.
All turnouts are thrown mechanically
using Tortoise switch machines with a modified throw mechanism and are
controlled using toggle switches embedded in the fascia of the benchwork.
The operating system is Lenz Digital and din
plugs are placed every 3 feet for ease of use and accessibility.
As of this update the only section of
bench put in place is the main Renton Yard that was taken down intact from the
prior layout. Here is a look at that section in place (looking toward the
southwest), the control panel for the automated lighting system and the layout
of the main Renton Yard:
The next section to go into place will
be the southwest corner, this includes the addition of a Campbell Scale 134'
turntable. We will update this page as that takes place.
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