Marx Display for the Richard Nixon Holiday Layouts

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September 3, 2013 8:46 PM

For the Nixon Library Holiday layouts, the team is building six 5x8 individual layouts this year. My task is to make a module using primarily Marx. The Nixon provided us the platforms and will pay some of the other expenses. Drawing from my own collection, here is the basics of my plan. Due to where my layout is going to be positioned, I have flipped things over from my original sketch.

 

Here is what they gave me.

 

It's a Start

 

Here is the rough sketch I submitted as my bases for the layout. As you can see by the lettering I flipped it around.

 

 

Nixon Library-Marx Layout reversed

 

Today I completed roughing in the track and laying the accessories about where I want them.

 

 

From Left

From Right

Left

Center

Right

The Marx 034 track I am using is in rough shape so now it all needs to be removed, cleaned, straightened, a few insulated sections added, then soldered together in 5-6 piece sections to assure good continuity.

 

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Yorba Linda, CA

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September 3, 2013 8:54 PM

Steve,

 

    Looks great, I look forward to seeing the photos of your progress. I love the older tinplate items.

 

    Kevin

 
 
 
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September 3, 2013 9:03 PM

Love the look of the layout. Nice job.

 


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September 3, 2013 10:28 PM

Is that tall skyscraper a Marx item?  There are some nice buildings on that table.

 

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September 3, 2013 10:37 PM

If that isn't all Marx, it is close...I recognize all excepting the tall buildings.....this is the

"Richard" Nixon library?  What connection did he/they have to trains?  Have you planned what rolling stock you are going to use?

 

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September 3, 2013 10:41 PM

Lookin' good, Steve... I can't wait to see the finished display.

 

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September 4, 2013 12:04 AM

Interesting project Steve. Got me wondering about Richard Nixon's train interests. TRAINS magazine had an article ages ago about "Richard Nixon - rail romantic" which is substantiated here:

 

 

All about trains run for the President of the United States (POTUS)

 


Nixon was a rail romantic, not a railfan. He grew up around the railroad and had pleasant memories. His youth in Yorba Linda was near the Pacific Electric with its red trolleys. When he moved to Whittier, he was near the Los Angeles & Salt Lake. His father was a boomer trolley motorman.

Later he traveled many miles in campaigns and his Western White House at San Clemente was on the Sante Fe's Los Angeles - San Diego main line.

Shown below are some of the highlights of some of his campaigns and some of the spots in the northeast he visited:
 

 
 
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September 4, 2013 1:23 AM

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That is pretty much in line with what the Library says in it's literature.
 
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Originally Posted by Ace:

Interesting project Steve. Got me wondering about Richard Nixon's train interests. TRAINS magazine had an article ages ago about "Richard Nixon - rail romantic" which is substantiated here:

 

 

All about trains run for the President of the United States (POTUS)

 


Nixon was a rail romantic, not a railfan. He grew up around the railroad and had pleasant memories. His youth in Yorba Linda was near the Pacific Electric with its red trolleys. When he moved to Whittier, he was near the Los Angeles & Salt Lake. His father was a boomer trolley motorman.

Later he traveled many miles in campaigns and his Western White House at San Clemente was on the Sante Fe's Los Angeles - San Diego main line.

Shown below are some of the highlights of some of his campaigns and some of the spots in the northeast he visited:

 

 

Steve "Papa" Eastman

Yorba Linda, CA

Left Coast, Home of the lunatics

 
 
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September 4, 2013 1:26 AM

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The skyscraper is Marx. A nice one can command about a grand so I settled on this rusty version and will do some clean up before it is mounted for the show.
 
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Originally Posted by srook:

Is that tall skyscraper a Marx item?  There are some nice buildings on that table.

 

Scott

 

 

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September 4, 2013 1:35 AM

The only things currently on the table that are not Marx are a couple of vehicles and the Power Station. For showtime, I will probably use mostly Dimestore Dream vehicles, they fit the part nicely. The Power Station is home made, using photo's from the Joy Line Power Station and substantially enlarged.
Figures will mostly be cream colored Marx ones.
Rolling stock will be Marx 3/16 scale and six inch 8 wheel. Power units will be Monon & KCS tin diesels modified with a RMT Beep power chassis under them, a Marx E7 with Williams running gear and then Lionel starter set steamers painted flat black. Gotta cheat on the power units because they will need to run generally unattended 7 days a week, 7 hours a day for about 2 months. At those times that I can actually be in the library, I will run some of my favorites and some New Marx.
 
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Originally Posted by coloradohirailer:

If that isn't all Marx, it is close...I recognize all excepting the tall buildings.....this is the

"Richard" Nixon library?  What connection did he/they have to trains?  Have you planned what rolling stock you are going to use?

 

 

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Yorba Linda, CA

Left Coast, Home of the lunatics

 
 
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September 4, 2013 4:42 AM

Originally Posted by Steve "Papa" Eastman:
.... The Power Station is home made, using photo's from the Joy Line Power Station and substantially enlarged. ...

 another of my three favorite transformers, the Girard Power House...

 

Girard Power House

with a center tapped transformer under the roof, it could act as a very crude controller, too.

 

a great looking accessory, but at only 3" tall, looks more suited to N scale than O.

nice job of scaling it up, Steve.

 

cheers...gary

 

 

 

 
 
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September 4, 2013 2:12 PM

Brian

The ape I am looking for. I already have the low speed motor assembly to turn the airplane that will be circling the top.

 

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September 4, 2013 3:12 PM

looks great Steve. Love to see it in person.

 

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September 4, 2013 3:16 PM

Now that is promoting the hobby

 

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September 12, 2013 3:59 AM

Not a lot of progress, but here is a photo of my fake turnout for the sidings and the the plywood is now green.

 

Steve

 

 

Fake Turnouts

Painted Board

 

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September 12, 2013 9:02 AM

Very cool display......I'd love to see the whole display when finished.

 

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September 12, 2013 9:11 AM

Looks neat. I am a big fan of tinplate. I also like the idea of doing a period layout. If I had time ,room,money etc, I would love to build layouts to represent each era, 20,s50,s etc. I think that would be neat. Yours looks good. I have always like marx great start..

 

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September 12, 2013 11:04 AM

Looking real good.

 

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September 12, 2013 11:28 AM

I can just smell the Marx locomotive smoke from the WICKED green bottles!

 

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September 12, 2013 12:55 PM

nixon_train 1960 campaign

 

 
 
 
 
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September 12, 2013 1:35 PM

you know i would love to see this layout in person, and yorba linda is close to me

 

 

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September 13, 2013 2:11 AM

Here is a quick test of the track for continuity and clearances. Time to start finalizing the wiring.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRybv5XGfbo

 

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September 16, 2013 5:39 PM

richard-nixon-thumbs-up-with-Marx

 

 
 
 
 
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September 16, 2013 8:54 PM

I like the picture Ace. Could you send me a higher resolution copy for my archives.

 

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September 17, 2013 11:39 PM

Thanks for the picture Ace.
 
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Originally Posted by Steve "Papa" Eastman:

I like the picture Ace. Could you send me a higher resolution copy for my archives.

 

Steve

 

 

 

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September 17, 2013 11:48 PM

Here are the newest photo's. Does not look like much, but there was actually a lot of progress. The old crappy track has all been cleaned & repaired and is now screwed down. All joints have a shunt to assure good contact. Each loop has 4 feeder wires dropped waiting to be wired in. There are wire drops now for all the lighting except the Skyscraper. I need to do some work on the building before I can determine exactly where the wires will go. When that is done I'll flip it over and finalize the wiring from below. I painted in "three bridge pond" to give the girder bridges a reason to exist. I ran loco's for two hours each direction on both loops, no derailments so hopefully the track work is all good.

 

Steve

 

 

Three Bridge Pond

Track is done and screwed down

 

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September 18, 2013 4:40 PM

looks great!!

 

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September 18, 2013 7:31 PM

Thanks for all the positive comments. Added a "dirt road" in front of the old western town so I will have a place for the stagecoach etc. Also a late night brain f#%t, I added a siding behind the western town to display my Wm Crooks set. The siding required 2 faux 90% crossing to give the siding a pretend escape route.

 

Steve

 

 

 

 

Dirt Road in Ghost Town

Faux 90% crossing & siding

 

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September 25, 2013 6:02 PM

Done with the time consuming and boring part that no one gets to see. If the layout was a little bigger or more complex, more multiple colored wires would have been used.

 

Steve

 

 Insulated rail wiring

Wiring, insulated rail section

 

Lighting Buss

Wiring, lighting buss

 

Lighting power supply

Wiring, lighting power supply

 

Track power Buss

Wiring, ltrack power buss

 

Underside overview or is that underview??

Wiring, overview

 

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November 26, 2013 7:41 PM

We just got home from the Nixon Museum and the trains...three senior citizens, 2 adults, and my grandson.

 

All of the trains were marvelous, but in all honesty, Steve's were the best by simply having much more interesting "stuff".  It was crowded in in a real old fashioned way with everything looking very "toy train."  I got a heap of ideas for my own layout (if I ever get around to doing it), and a couple of pictures.  The pics will have to wait because I busted my computer and can't download them/

 

The Nixon is always a good trip, but the trains were the cherry on top.

 

Thanks, Steve, for everything.

 
 
 
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