Besides death and taxes, we can also be sure that there will be change...

Several weeks ago, my "Great Room" looked like this:

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Then I had the notion that it was time to take down what I think of as a big (12' X 17') layout, plan a smaller one and return our Great Room to it's intended purpose, so first it became this:

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Since this is the third time downsizing using Mianne Benchwork, I found that I had many extra legs and I-beams, so my wife suggested that I create a 10' long section using the benchwork and, adding (Glenn Snyder) shelving. This will serve three purposes: display my trains that will no longer fit on my smaller table, create a space for storage of my train boxes (since each of the three sections can be slid out), and become a table top for our new 65" TV that is due to arrive soon!

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The new 9' X 9' train table is quickly being assembled on the opposite side of the room. I was able to re-configure the benchwork to include my liftgate (Tim Foley provided the i-beams needed to shorten it by one foot), my Bowser 24" turntable and another section of the big layout that included a school and playground:

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I'm still working on the layout plan, but I think I will be able to create some nice scenes and likely run three trains at the same time, have a trolley line and five tracks to park engines around the turntable.

Change is real!

Chief Engineer of The Gitler Central Coast Railroad

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I like it !

Dan Padova

 

"In the course of my life I have had to eat my words, and I must confess it was a wholesome diet"..........Winston Churchill

                                                                                                                                        

You're cramming an amazing amount of stuff in a 9x9 space, I should have you look at my new track plan!   Looking forward to seeing the track plan.  I couldn't see any way to fit a TT in mine, and I have a lot more space.

BTW, you might consider mounting that TV on the wall, I did that with the 65" one here above my fireplace.

Thanks to all for your kind words!

Here is my first draft for the new track plan:

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Simply three loops of track, including an elevated loop. I look forward to having some nice trains on the move sometime soon.

The Mianne Benchwork was stained prior to assembling my prior layout, after the move from PA to CA four plus years ago. Following Tim Foley's advice, I lightly sanded, applied pre-stain (water based) followed by stain (also water based), followed by polyurethane. A tedious task to be sure, but important to get the look needed to (be allowed) to build in the home living space.

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Member TCA, LCCA and LOTS

Happy Railroading!

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