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In addition to their skills, Peter's club members are very much ambassadors for the hobby when they set-up their magnificent large layout and smaller layouts throughout the year. Like Peter, they will engage their audience and visitors -- adult and children; train people and novices alike.

The progress photos are most welcome, Peter. Thanks.

Wow, @Putnam Division, Peter, your transfer table facility is awesome, I forget the brand, but your helpful workers have done a fantastic job installing this wonderful accessory. You are so correct, friends in the hobby, this awesome OGR Forum, and I must admit, the TCA train meet at York, (where you can meet so many of the fine folks contributing to the hobby is worth so much), we are so blessed. As always, I look forward to more pictures of your progress. 22 pages of beautiful pictures and your layout will be so much fun to run. Have fun. Happy Railroading Everyone

@leapinlarry posted:

Wow, @Putnam Division, Peter, your transfer table facility is awesome, I forget the brand, but your helpful workers have done a fantastic job installing this wonderful accessory. You are so correct, friends in the hobby, this awesome OGR Forum, and I must admit, the TCA train meet at York, (where you can meet so many of the fine folks contributing to the hobby is worth so much), we are so blessed. As always, I look forward to more pictures of your progress. 22 pages of beautiful pictures and your layout will be so much fun to run. Have fun. Happy Railroading Everyone

Ross Transfer Table Delivered in December

Larry, it's a Ross one, see the link above when it was delivered.

@leapinlarry posted:

Wow, @Putnam Division, Peter, your transfer table facility is awesome, I forget the brand, but your helpful workers have done a fantastic job installing this wonderful accessory. You are so correct, friends in the hobby, this awesome OGR Forum, and I must admit, the TCA train meet at York, (where you can meet so many of the fine folks contributing to the hobby is worth so much), we are so blessed. As always, I look forward to more pictures of your progress. 22 pages of beautiful pictures and your layout will be so much fun to run. Have fun. Happy Railroading Everyone

Yes, as Dave has shown us……Ross, delivered in 2022 and taken out of the box last December.

Peter

Mid-September.......entering "train season".....here is where I am leaving off as work will likely continue for the next month (likely, more) underneath the layout to complete the wiring.

I am fortunate that I can run my two major loops and have both Legacy and DCS wired up. Then, the focus will move back to buildings and trackwork/ballasting/ground scenery.

I am giving myself 12-18 months and I will be "done" (and, you all know how good predictions are.....I have no allusions.....it's just a goal).

This is a photo trip around the perimeter.

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Have a great and safe week, everyone!

Peter

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Peter,

This is turning out to be a fantastic project Peter! Between your buddies coming over to help out, you constructing your building kits and watching you set them up on the layout, this is very fun to watch. Scenery is right around the corner. I think 18 month is possible, at least to get the basics completed. Details are a forever.

Dave

@Chugman posted:

Things are really coming along great!  Love your buildings.  It looks like you have a very long reach to access the middle of some of your benchwork.  Do you have access holes that don't show up in the pictures?  Great progress.

Art

Maybe I will have to do a hatch……I’m going to try to keep those areas filled with a static display and see how it works out…..

Peter

@Zac posted:

Peter:

Sorry if you have already said.  Is your engine repair building scratch built?

Your layout is amazing.  See you in York.

Robert

TW TrainWorx kit.......click on the link above. Lots of painting, glue, blue tape and clamps......but, loads of fun to do.

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.....and, looking forward to catching up at York!

Peter

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@leapinlarry posted:

Hi @Putnam Division, Peter, as I’ve said several times, your man cave, (Train Room) is absolutely beautiful, well planned and I just want to point out your unique roof top transfer table controller, neat idea… Thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures of your masterpiece. It’s a Wow. Happy Railroading Everyone

TW TrainWorx makes the kit and it has a plate for the Ross turntable; for the Ross transfer table; for the Millhouse Studio turntable; and, for the Millhouse Studio transfer table.

Peter

@Putnam Division, Peter, duh? I’m getting old, I completely looked over your cool new 3 stall engine facility, a TW TrainWorx kit, beautifully painted at put together… a Wow. also, thanks for the information on the TW TrainWorx kit to house the turntable/transfer table controllers…. It’s 2023, and we learn something new daily. Happy Railroading Everyone

@dennis32 posted:

Peter, great work and vision. Could you share your original 3 level Mianne Benchwork plan. I want to build a multilevel layout and would like to get a visual reference as to spacing and different level visibility. Thank you, Dennis

Here is the 3D rendering:

The pencil marks show the changes I made.

I took off 2 ft of the width on the L side and on the R side, I moved one cross brace and moved it 12 inches, so I could have a space to place the transfer table in.

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Peter

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Last Update was 4 months ago. I've been busy, but it hardly looks it on thelayout because my efforts are mostly underneath the it. This is "train-running season" and  and since Labor Day the modular group has been busy with shows and displays. In fact, a 10 week run, which began the weekend before Thanksgiving, ends on January 20th. Then I hope to be back regularly working on the layout. I did finish one building over this time: a Buildings Unlimited factory/warehouse.....

My most recent project is wiring up the switch motors.

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I'm approaching the next step with a little trepidation......phasing my ZWL and PotWar ZW.....

Why? Well, let's flashback to 2014 when I did it following the instructions in the Lionel PostWar instruction pamphlet......I wired up 21 Atlas O switches.....and, started using them. Many of you will remember these pictures......

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My HHP-8 had a whole gondola load to pull to the junk yard......and, they were replaced with DZ-1000s, and Tom (Gilly@N&W) came over to phase the transformers correctly.......

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This time, I have consulted with my modular group colleagues; have watched numerous You Tube videos; and, have downloaded Susan Deats' instruction pages. I am confident that it will go better......

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I'll report back when I'm done.

Peter

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Update.......transformers phased using a voltmeter and then to keep it straight, I added a directional plug and taped them together.......then, wiring, wiring and more wiring.....

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Years ago, I bought 250' of 16 gauge stranded copper speaker wire.....I have dedicated it to all my D2500 switch machines.....and, that has been my latest project. Tom (Gilly&N&W) was over Wednesday and continued on the track power wiring. One more session should finish that.

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Have a greatand safe weekend, folks!

Peter

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