Demolition on the layout started after our Fall 2011 open house. The initial stages were not captured for these web pages.


12/28/2011 - George Reedy works to remove a bridge above Niagra. Considerable effort was made to remove as many structures as possible. Almost all buildings were removed and stored for future use. After years on the layout most of them will require some refurbishment before they will be used again.

The bridges and trestles on the layout were much more difficult to remove. The supports were well embedded in the plaster landscape and most were damaged while being removed.

12/28/2011 - Scot Breeden removes trackwork on the approach to an overpass on the old Alsea loop. The buildings have been removed from this section, making the layout look very stark.

Our old backdrop was painted, in part, by Bill McKinney. The backdrop was painted on concrete block, pressed fiberboard, masonite and even the front cover of the old electrical panel.

12/2?/2011 - Cliff Bergemann checks out the demolition. Reuseable items are boxed and stored.

Photo by Aline Bergemann

12/28/2011 - The trestle and bridge above Niagra with the bridge removed. Pieces of scrap rail can be seen in the foreground. After the figures, vehicles, buildings, bridges, trestles, etc. were removed the trackwork and scenery was broken into pieces and hauled away.

About a third of the layout was taken home by several club members and the remainder went to the dump.

12/28/2011 - (Left to right) Pete Klingeman, Gene Neville and Jim Astin(?) talk over the technical details of layout deconstruction.

12/2?/2011 - Andy Epperly brooms the worst of the cobwebs and dust off the walls on the middle room. This used to be the home of the Cascade and Willamette yards.

Photo by Aline Bergemann

12/29/2011 - Main room, deconstruction and demolition complete. Phase 2 is the cleaning up of the infrastructure. Our building is about 50 years old and has the normal problems of a building of that age. The pressure tank for our well needs to be replaced. The concrete floor is rough enough in spots to be a trip hazard and needs to be ground smooth. The entire electrical system has issues and needs to be updated. The water heater in the bathroom trips its breaker, etc., etc.

Photo by Larry Vogt

12/29/2011 - Bill Krueger and Randy Stockberger discuss how to grind the floor smooth. The main room used to be the service bays back in the days when the building was a gas station. The light area at Bill's feet is a concrete patch that was poured when the lifts were removed. The patches are rough and pitted and people have tripped on them.

Photo by Larry Vogt

Most unattributed photos are by Randy Stockberger