An AT&SF Manifest tops out of one of the nested helixes of Mt.
... and curves behind the area that will eventually become the
town of Burnito
And then snakes its way around an S-shaped curve
At Control Point (CP) Watt
With a large layout you can realistically run long trains!
At the original site of our refinery.
We've since re-arranged things at least a few times.
The refinery has moved to a bigger site on the river, and this
now hosts a couple of warehouses and a bulk fuel dealer.
Another shot of the refinery, which has since been moved and
A Big Boy with a long string of box cars making its way
gracefully around a bend ...
... and along the side of a hill
A spindly trestle over Ded Hoarce Gorge, which extends into our
This is the rough in of the major scenic element that greats you
as you enter the front door of our
clubhouse. It has since been completed, but at the time of
this picture it was plaster cloth draped
over blocks of Styrofoam. Since the trestle supports
extend down to knee height, we made them
out of solid hardwood disguised with concrete colored paint.
They are not necessarily prototypical,
but they are sturdy enough to withstand the bumps they are
exposed to in this high traffic location.
A B&O Manifest pokes out of a tunnel ...
... and crosses over Ded Hoarce Gorge ...
... and continues ...
... around our layout
Conroe Yard, the main classification yard
The open real estate in the center foreground of this picture
now holds trackage leading to a
diesel service facility. Did I mention we make changes to
the layout as we go? The trackage
in the yard has been reworked to convert this into a single
ended yard to allow for more
efficient switching. Just like the prototype might do.
Another shot of Conroe Yard with a long freight passing in the
Between the upper track and the yard is one one of the
passing sidings on the layout, at over 50' in length!
That track to the far left is HOn3 narrow gauge, and next to it
is dual gauge track.
This is one of two places on the layout where there will be
interchange between the narrow gauge and the rest of our
Some of our DCC equipment.
On the upper shelf is is a Wangrow SystemOne command
station and 10 amp booster,
along with a power supply made be one of our members. On
the lower shelf is one of the
3 DC power supplies for our stall type switch machines and our
C/MRI equipment. We've since
expanded and have 3 additional boosters on the layout with plans
to add at least one more.
A railfan's-eye view of a NS container train blasting out of a
tunnel and making its way along Atticuss River.
Notice the signal towers. These are operational. At the time
this photo was taken only these
2 signals were installed, but eventually we plan to have the
whole layout signaled prototypically.
But signal towers are frail and easily damaged by us 500+ HO
scale foot tall giants.
We will install the rest of the signals as we complete sections
The NS freight makes its way around the base of Mt. Stephens.
Mount Stephens was named in honor of 2 of our fallen members.
In this shot you can see the mock-up of the types of bridges
begin considered at this site
Some empties await pick-up at a yard in the Paper Mill
Two members mulling over something at our 23' long workbench.
Above them are the 2 yards that are the end points of the APN
A train starting of from one of these yards through an opening
in the wall at the
far end will wind its way over 530' of mainline track and return
to the other yard.
To the left of this picture, both yards extend through another
pair of openings
in the wall and down to 2 large staging yards located under the
There are also 2 balloon tracks down below that allow whole
trains to be turned
around and returned to either of the 2 yards shown above.