The Home and
Design of the RGW....
Currently Under Construction (Literally)
(Shell) - Train Room (Interior)
- Layout Design
(click on pictures for full view)
January 2006 (1):
The last couple of weekends we made
great strides on the southwest finger table and the two other table sections
that comprise the southwest corner of the layout. As you will see in these
photos, the basic construction technique is to create a box of 1x4"
lumber, in our case, pine. From that box, we will use risers to provide
the base for our subroadbed. On the finger table itself, the Chief
Engineer and I have agreed to use Linn Westcott's tried and true method of
L-girder construction, with a minor twist. In our case, we will eventually
make use of special construction brackets rather than rely on the 1x2"
portion of the "L".
Our first picture gives you a close view
of the box construction of the southwest corner tables. You will note that
the table that connects the finger to the wall unit is at a different height.
This is to accommodate the height of the cross members we will use in the
L-girder process. You can also see that we have attached the lower staging
yard table to the west wall.
The second view is designed to give you
a better look at the staging table. We have attached temporary legs to
hold up the outer edge so that we can put weight on the table when we attach the
plywood base. Ultimately we will place the legs where they are best
The third and fourth views give you the
same basic look, only from different angles. You might also wonder why we
have elected to angle the upper table back to where it attaches at its western
most location. We chose to do this because our main track is descending
below the table and we need as much clearance as we can to ensure nothing
impedes that tracks descent.
The final view shows how we are going to
lay out the staging table. Our intent is to have a six track staging yard
and a complete reversing loop at this level. This level is at 26 inches
above the floor and the track will circumnavigate the entire railroad. You
can review the staging level here.
Our next step will be to attach the
plywood base and to cut the outer radius where we will eventually hang our
fascia board. Once the plywood is attached, we will put down a homasote
base and the track.
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