August 9, 2015

"Wow," is what....

.... Alicia said when she came down and saw the finished benchwork. I think that is a good sign.

The foam and fascia are glued to the frames, so we need to wait at least one day to left the glue cure.  Even with the cluttered look of the clamps, weights on the foam, the unpainted fascia, and pink terrain, the basic design comes through.

I am pleased with how the Ivar shelving worked as benchwork support.  The open grid benchwork worked well simply screwed to the Ivar legs. A few lag screws into the ledger created a very sturdy structure. The layout is the same height as Aquia Landing, so if I ever decide to expand Aquia Landing, this bench work can be retained.

Because the layout hugs the wall, the room still retains functionality as a crew lounge and media room. We rarely watch TV, but for when we do, this room is not a bad place to watch.
When it comes time to operate the layout, it is a simple matter to slide the couch toward the middle of the room to provide access to the layout.

I reinstalled the Teton Mountain art print above the layout. I generally don't like clutter above layouts, but since I can't do anything about the windows, the art print doesn't look too out of place on the adjoining wall.

I modified the benchwork a bit to accommodate a narrow space between the far right of PoLA and the wharf peninsula of Aquia Landing. I also widened the benchwork at the left side. Those modifications required that I adjust the track plan slightly. I flipped the bulk oil loading facility to the left side, and I reconfigured the Borax factory slightly.  See version 7 of the track plan.

The optional removable fiddle track is there in case I decide not to build the staging track in the closet. I am not sold on the idea of the staging in the closet. There are two serious beams to tunnel through to make that work. Hmmmmmm.......


  1. Beams as in floor joists to support the stairway landing? Local codes vary, though national standards generally allow for boring holes in the end 1/3 (by length) of a joist up to an opening size of 1/3 the depth of the joist. Bores exceeding that can be reinforced (say with steel plate or extra joist material and approved through engineering analysis. More work than a staging track going off the other end of the layout, but not impossible.

    1. The hole would be at the top of the beam, far from the neutral axis. There is room to reinforce on the bottom of the beam. A 2x4 screwed across would probably suffice. The trick will be getting the track in place and then maintaining it. AW is not too keen on another hole in the walls. Question is, does having a train disappear into a closet really convey that sense of"going places" To make worth the hassle?