Advice for mountain builders - add an access panel!

As luck would have it, while running trains this evening with my granddaughter, Jessa, age 9, my new Lionel SW7 de-railed inside my mountain. Of course it was right in the center!

Luckily though, I built an access panel into the mountainside for this very inevitable. In fact, my wife advised that I use magnets to hold the panel in place:

Open access panel after that engine that de-railed was cleared:

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De-railed engine cleared and panel re-attached:

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This is only the third time in four years that I needed to open the hatch. In fact, I have a switch track at that point that I can actually remove for service if needed. It uses a DZ1000 that I needed to replace once.

I suppose I would have needed dynamite if not for the hatch!

Chief Engineer of The Gitler Central Coast Railroad

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Terrific idea! My mountain track is open from the bottom, but that also means a serious derailment can have equipment hitting the concrete. I have the opportunity to cut an large access hatch into the Masonite wall that makes up the back side of the mountain, and your post is encouraging me to do it. I have had derailments in the tunnel… of course.

If you look carefully, you will see the breaks in the scenery where the hatch is in the side of the mountain. The last picture has the trees removed and you can see the finger holes that I made in order to make the section easy to move out. From a normal viewing distance, the openings cannot be seen:

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Chief Engineer of The Gitler Central Coast Railroad

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Gramps didn't and wished he did.  I still have the "top shelf can grabber" he used on cars, but an engine in the middle required one of the grand kids to visit for retrieval. 

  I took cues from the dealer layouts and left an access hole on the backside of mine.

"Still trying to not shoot my eye out"

 

"Nursing insomnia one railcar at a time"

My aroma therapy? Smoke Pellets.

 





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