An O Scale Switching Layout

Helotes Switching Company Serving Helotes, Texas Industrial Area

Category: Layout Modules

Engine Maintenance Area

Locomotives with sand tower.

Maintenance area and Helotes Grain Company.

North End

 

The North End – Helotes Yard, UP exchange rightmost track.

Another view of North End.

 

Track finally installed!

Well, it’s been awhile since I updated the blog. I have pretty much completed laying the track and necessary wiring. In fact, I’ve been doing some switching already. Here’s some pictures…

The North end where the HSC yard is located.

The East end of the Helotes Industrial area is to the left. The North end is the leg to the right where the HSC yard is located.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

East end with the Standard Furniture Company on the left, the team tracks on the right and the BNSF main line that runs to Eastern Texas.

Another view of the East end.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The FedEx Transfer station is on the left. On the right is the Helotes Grain Company and in between the two is the Deep Rock Oil and Gas Company.

The HSC engine maintenance yard. I’m planning on enclosing the yard with a chain-link fence.

 

Laying Track – Day 1

I finally have started to lay the track. I’m beginning with the Helotes Yard module.  Completing the power hook-ups comes next.

 

Rebuilding the layout – First Module

Finally at a point where I can set my layout back up. I am starting with the North End of the “L”-shaped layout. I really wasn’t happy with the original track and wiring so I am starting over fresh but with basically the same plan.

The 1″ MDF board, 30″ by 48″ is fastened to the Kam Konnect module.

The top is fastened with hinges.

Another view of the hinges.

Module Top

Since this is an O-Scale layout I wanted the surface to be solid so I installed MDF board on  each module. I hinged them so I could easily work on the wiring rather than crawl underneath. I used standard door hinges from the local big-box hardware store. I have found that once I finished the wiring and tested everything I would rarely need to mess with it again. My prior N-Scale layout used thin plywood for the surface. I also had remote switches controlled from a control panel. This current layout only has manual Gargraves switches. This means the only holes in the surface are feeder wires to the track.

Three hinges to each 4 foot module. I found that without the other modules connected for stability that it had a tendency to tip if I opened the top too far. Be warned if you try this!!

The track comes right to the end — no joiner track. This works well with the big O-Scale engines.

A good view of the end of one of the 4 foot modules. The ratchet locking device and the alignment holes are visible in this photo.

Joining Modules Together

This photo shows how tightly the modules join together…Nice!

I use a T-Handle Allen wrench to lock the modules together. Rock solid!

Assembling The Modules

The legs are easily attached to the module with the included screws. The legs lock in the down position and can be easily released for folding up,

All screw holes are pre-drilled, Note the mechanism for locking the modules together. An Allan wrench, inserted in the hole in the top or bottom of the module is used to lock things tightly together.

A power drill is a necessity!

The legs fold up for transporting or storing.

 

A Modular Baseboard Table System

Kam Konnect – A Modular Baseboard Table System. Modules are dimensionally stable that will not warp or sag. Kam Konnect selects hard-woods while integrating plywoods that resist warping to allow heavier loads on top of modules. Kam Konnect modules won’t sag like a sway back mare. Kam Konnect modules rapidly & easily join other Kam Konnect modules using our patent pending method. This ability to join modules tightly together in three dimensions strengthens tables and joints such that proper track installations do not require rail joiners.

I am using two 30″ x 30″ modules  connected to two 30″ x 48″ ones with a 30″ x 30″ corner connector to form an “L” shaped layout.

Hardware for mounting the fold-down legs.

The four foot module in its shipping carton.