I finally have started to lay the track. I’m beginning with the Helotes Yard module. Completing the power hook-ups comes next.
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 new floor is installed and it came out great! I can now start setting the layout modules back up.
I’m having new flooring put in the room where the layout resides. This meant moving everything out. Fortunately, it was easy to disconnect the modules and move them temporarily to another room. This is exactly why I decided on building my layout based on modules. Of course I have to admit that the reason I need to put in new flooring (vinyl tile) is because it was difficult to move the modules on the original carpeting. It should be much easier with the new floor. Here are some “BEFORE” pictures. The “AFTER” will be posted when the installation is done.
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.
This photo shows how tightly the modules join together…Nice!
The second locomotive on the Helotes Switching Company layout is the SW-1500. The EMD SW-1500 was a 1,500 hp (1,119 kW) Diesel-electric locomotive intended for switching service and built by General Motors’ Electro-Motive Division between June 1966 and January 1974. 808 examples were constructed.
One of the two locomotives on the Helotes Switching Company layout is the RS-27.
The ALCO RS-27 (specification DL-640) is a diesel-electric locomotive built by ALCO between December 1959 and October 1962. Only 27 examples were manufactured. With ALCO’s introduction of the Century Series line, the C-424 (specification DL-640A) replaced the RS-27 in the builder’s catalog. Today, the Minnesota Commercial Railway has the only two RS-27s left in existence, both operational. Four of the original demonstrators (#’s 640-2 through 640-5) were purchased by the UP in September 1961 and numbered 675-678. They were retired by the UP in 1971.
There is an older review of this MTH engine in the 2002 issue of Classic Toy Trains.
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,
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.