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In the Beginning


Date:  December 15, 2009

I guess I should have started blogging about this a bit earlier, but it just didn't occur to me until today.  Anyway, this is where I am starting.

I have been working on my model railroad for a couple of months now, and had been in the planning stage for several months before that.  After several months, I thought I had the correct design for my layout.  It was going to be a modified L-shaped layout about 16 feet on one side and 10 feet on the perpendicular side.  I was going to use an electric winch to hoist it up to the ceiling so it could be moved out of the way when I was not working on it.  I started laying out the track and started putting in a few elevations.  Something just didn't seem right.  I wasn't happy with it.

So... back to the drawing board I went.  I rethought the shape of the layout.  I decided to use one whole side of my garage.  That would give me plenty of room.  My layout would be just over 19 feet long and about 7 1/2 feet wide.  While I was constructing my benches, I designed the layout, or at least a fairly complete rough draft of it.  I had the main lines designed and a few of the spurs and scenic areas.  I covered the entire set of benches with two layers of 1/2 thick extruded insulation foam that is used for insulating houses.  The first layer was for the general foundation and the second was for the roadbed.