These pages devote a lot of space to the new railroad, it's benchwork, trackplan, etc., and don't devote the appropriate amount of space to the time and effort spent on fixing our infra-structure. In the early stages, most of the time, effort and money was spent on getting our fifty year old building ready for the new layout. Most means more than half, much more than half.

Layout Rebuild — Planning

2/15/2012 - The track plan for the new layout has been transfered from the initial sketch to a 1:1 scale drawing (or is that 1:87 scale?) on heavy kraft paper. This is the paper used to protect surfaces during home construction and is available at most lumberyards.

All trackwork is drawn using trammels, marking pens, turnout templates (or real turnouts). When the trackwork art is complete, including passing sidings, yards, etc., the edges of the benchwork, scenic backdrops, etc. are sketched in and the paper is trimmed to reflect the benchwork outline.

The location of turnout switch machines are also marked as a heavy dot on the track centerline. At a later time the location of L-girders and supports are added. Since the location of turnout switch motors is already known the supports can be shifted to miss them.

2/15/2012 - Parts of the Blob 2 and Blob 3 templates are laid out on the floor of the layout room. This is done as a check to verify the accuracy of the plan and to give the club members an oportunity to see what they are building.

In our case, we neglected to leave space for the pilasters on the back (left) wall. We decided that track adjustments could be made easily when the track location is transfered from the template to the benchwork and that their wouldn't be any serious impact on the track plan.

Bill Krueger, Gene Neville and Hugh Sherwood inspect the result.

2/15/2012 - Another view of the templates laid out on the floor. Three peninsula (blobs) can be seen, the first, against the far (west) wall will have a helix up to an upper level. This area represents the run from Philomath to Blodgett.

The far corner will have Philomath with a moderate sized yard.

The middle peninsula will contain the run between Philomath and Corvallis on the lower level and the track from Blodgett to Summit on the upper.

The near blob, mostly out of sight at the front of the picture, has the run from Corvallis to Albany on the lower section and the run from Summit to Toledo on the upper.

The main yard is behind the photographer in the second layout room in the city of Albany, OR.

3/12/2012 - Gene Neville (left to right), Hugh Sherwood, Larry Vogt, Jerry Boudreaux and Bill Krueger (back to the camera) inspect the 1:1 track plan for the blob that will go in the south-west corner of the room.

Bill Krueger has taken the lead in building and infrastructure improvements for the project, working hundreds of hours per week to get the building ready. He removed several hundred yards of old mains wiring and overhead lighting to prepare for Rod Loder's Photo Electric crew, reframed around the restroom, removed the old water main to the pressure tank and plumbed in a new line, and much more.

Layout Rebuild — Infrastructure

2/22/2012 - At this point all the layout demolition has been done. We have rented a concrete grinder and ground out the rough spots in the floor, seen as the tan patches in the middle. The patches were done sometime in the past when the gas station service hoists were removed to make way for the original layout. The patches were rough enough to be a trip hazzard.

There is an old tire rack hidden in the ceiling parallel to the back (right) wall behind the black valence. The valence concealing the rack was removed after this photo was taken.

Also seen in this photo are the remains of the previous layout backdrop.

2/22/2012 - A shot from Operator Cab #1 toward the north-west corner of the main room. The pile of paper scraps on the floor are the 1:1 layout plans waiting for their turn to contribute to the project.

2/22/2012 - Our new electrical panel. This was installed by Rod Loder's Photo Electric crew as a donation to our new layout and represents man-days of work by his people.

We owe him a big thanks for his support and would like to thank his men for their excellent workmanship!


Most unattributed photos are by Randy Stockberger