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Layout Reconstruction Update

Posted by [email protected] on May 26, 2014 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (0)

As of May 26th 2014


All major sections of the layout that will be used in the reconstruction have been moved to the Handley Center. A few other sections are being disassembled for parts.


Cimarron: the sections that make up Cimarron yard have been refitted with legs and rejoined and will form the north wall area of the layout room. The track cuts are currenting being repaired. No electrical reconnections have been made on this section yet. The area of the Acme Coke Plane is at Handley but will not be reconnected until space permits.


Jackson Springs: the two major sections of Jackson Springs are at Handley and have been refitted with legs and await reconnection along the south wall.


St. Charles Yard: the three sections that make up St. Charles yard have been moved to Handley where they will form a layouts section on the south wall with Jackson Springs. The next task will be to mount them on legs and reconnect them. Once this is done a new section that will replace downtown St. Charles trackage (loop track) will be constructed.


Some towns on the old layout have been dissembled but will be reconstructed (so as to use the switching panels) in new sections of the new layout. These include Midway, Post Oak Gap, Dead River and West Fork. The section known as Gila Basin esists and will be made usable in the new layout plan.


There are still secions of the Denver and Gulf staging yard that will need to be brought over to Handley soon as well as some more lumber. We have until the end of July to vacate the old LMRA room taking whatever we need with us. Track joiners are at a preminum. It appears that they are hard to find these days so if you have any you can spare, we would appreciate getting them.


Once we get the major sections of the layout up on legs and rejoined the new sections of the layout can be constructed, hopefully at a more rapid pace. We will also need to start bringing over most if not all of the items we placed in the storage unit before we catch the brunt of the summer heat. All the work that members have provided is appreciated but we could sure us more members helping.


Soon there will be tasks availabel making benchwork, rewiring or reconnecting the electrical, roadbed track laying, and scenery construction just to name a few.

Reconstruction Work Schedule

Posted by [email protected] on April 2, 2014 at 8:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Beginning April 10th ALL work sessions, unless otherwise advised, will be at the Handley Center.

The published work schedule is as follows:


     Saturday Work Schedule: the 2nd and 4th Saturday from 9:00 AM - Noon

                                                 (You may choose to work longer if desired).


     Thursday Night Schedule: Every Thursday night from 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Move Status

Posted by [email protected] on March 1, 2014 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Saturday March 1st, 2014

The layout is about 70% dissembled now. About 50% has been moved to Handley.

Need More Help

Posted by [email protected] on February 19, 2014 at 7:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Saturday February 22


We will be mmoving sections of the layout Saturday morning February 22. We need members and helpers with pickup trucks to help load and carry the layout pieces up the stairs at the Handley Center. Please be at the LMRA layout room between 8:30-9:00 AM.

Need Volunteers

Posted by [email protected] on February 3, 2014 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Upcoming - Saturday February 8th


Volunteers are needed to help move additional "stuff" from the LMRA location over to Handley. Please meet at the LMRA layout room at 9:00 AM.


As John mentioned: While there should not be much to do as far as cleanup at Handley, we do need to unbolt the chairs into movable sections and take them to Habitat for Humanities or disposal at a city waste site. Remaining "stuff" at LMRA will need to be moved including backdrop pieces, the wooden cabinets to Handley, one remaining locker, the sink, etc. Cecil may have some smaller units ready to move too. So while all assistance is appreciated, this may take all day to accomplish.

The Dreaded Move Begins

Posted by [email protected] on February 1, 2014 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)

February 1st:  Saturday


While Cecil and Kevin continued to "carve up" the layout, several members (we could have used more help) and a couple of teens that some members brought along (thank goodness) started the dreaded move to the Handley Center. The lease was signed in the morning so the move is official. During the previous few months we packed up all the sturctures off the layout. The bulk the the stuff moved today were three-drawer containers of scenery materials, many or most of the boxes of structures, the clubs roister of freight and passenger rolling stock and several other boxes of stuff loaded up from the cabinets. All this went into temporary storage at a site close to Handley. Two banks of lockers, the electrical cabinet, the supply cabinet, refridgerator, the club computer and printer as well as several other items were taken to the Handley Center and taken up to the second floor. The lockers fitted nicely into additional space in the rest room. The main room still needs a cleanout and the theather seats need to be removed; that will be upcoming.


There is a tentitive plan to follow-up this move with another one on Saturday February 8th, so please keep that morning clear to help out. Watch for an e-mail from our president with any details.


It was pretty clear from getting the lockers up the stairs and into the center that moving the sections of the layout would be very difficult and that the sections could not be more than 6 or 7 feet long. That would be a lot of layout cutting - not enough time available for that. I believe that the current plan is to remove one of the large boarded up windows on the second floor and hoist sections of the layout up with a mechanical lift through the open space. That will also be interesting. More on that phase for later in the month.


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