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York, for me, is basically 5 days away.......since on Wednesday, we're (River CIty 3 Railers) setting up our modular layouts in the Purple Hall.

We have been working since late January on an additional 4 ft module for our 6x11. I am happy to report that it is completed and will be operational in York.....it is now 6x15.....

This layout is loosely designed like a Lionel PostWar department store layout with tubular track and Plasticville-type scenery. This new addition features something that I think will make anyone from any era, from PreWar, from PostWar, from MPC , or the Modern Era smile.

5 more days......5-4-3-2-1!

Here is a picture of the module under construction.......

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In addition, we were fortunate to get Super O set 2503 as a donation this past year.... a BOXED & COMPLETE Super O set from 1958......this set will be running on our layouts from 4:30-5:00 on Thursday afternoon (we will likely announce a second running time for Friday later in the week).

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Safe travels to all.

5-4-3-2-1!

Peter

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ONE.........Time to reveal.....we're set up in the Purple Hall with four other modular layouts. The Standard Gauge group is in the Black Hall and the LCCA Kids Railway is in the Orange Hall.

Since February, the River City 3 Railers have been work on our 6x11 to expand it to 6x15. This layout is loosely based on a PostWar department store display. The new four ft module incorporates the "fun" of the D-27 Lionel display......the disappearing train.

The concept and design of incorporating this into our display was done by Forum member Gilly @N&W.

Here are some pictures and video:

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Please come see us if you are at York!

Peter

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ONE.........Time to reveal.....we're set up in the Purple Hall with four other modular layouts. The Standard Gauge group is in the Black Hall and the LCCA Kids Railway is in the Orange Hall.

Since February, the River City 3 Railers have been work on our 6x11 to expand it to 6x15. This layout is loosely based on a PostWar department store display. The new four ft module incorporates the "fun" of the D-27 Lionel display......the disappearing train.

The concept and design of incorporating this into our display was done by Forum member Gilly @N&W.

Please come see us if you are at York!

Peter

Peter and Gilly nice job…..I’m sure it will be a hit for all who have the opportunity to watch it.  Now that the reveal has been completed hopefully you can start a build thread that documents this addition. Your disappearing train appears much longer than the typical ones you see pulling gondolas. Looking forward to seeing it in October 🤞.

That looks very cool Peter, I am eager to see how well the disappearing train works, I always wanted to do one of those!

Goldilocks approach........it has to be just right............the engines that work are small......RS units (D&H LionChief Plus, Legacy PennCentral RS 11). Geeps (NYC GP7) and an NYC S4 Switcher. We're going to try other units tomorrow.......

The LionChief Plus NS GP40 is too tall, even with the dynamic break blister removed. All the cars need to be uniform.....I settled on 9200, 9700 & 9400 MPC boxcars.....uniform cars.....metal frames but not too heavy (and not too light). Modern wheel sets with low resistance wheels.....

Peter

Beyond the special effect of the Magic Mountain, it is also a very attractive postwar style layout.  The standard O gauge track with extra ties and ballasting looks really good.  I realize they were using Lion Chief locomotives and some of the cars reflected more recent and merged road names like Penn Central but the scenery, the track, and the rolling stock still captured the feel of a well-executed postwar layout to me.

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My kids were disappointed to not see it, guess it was packed up before noon?  Or was it in a different building than the others?

It was in the purple hall. The trailer we used could not safely handle the magic Mountain module so it traveled in the bed of a large pickup with a clam shell cover. Sadly the truck owner (Gilly) had to depart Friday night. As a result, the layout was 4 ft. Shorter on Saturday.


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It was in the purple hall. The trailer we used could not safely handle the magic Mountain module so it traveled in the bed of a large pickup with a clam shell cover. Sadly the truck owner (Gilly) had to depart Friday night. As a result, the layout was 4 ft. Shorter on Saturday.


Bummer!  I was hoping to see this in action.   I could only make it Saturday morning. I am sure it was a big hit🙂

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My kids were disappointed to not see it, guess it was packed up before noon?  Or was it in a different building than the others?

There was a problem......we literally finished the module the week before York and it would not fit in the trailer when they packed it on Tuesday......the only way it could get there was in the flatbed of Gilly@N&W's truck......and he had to leave Friday night.

At 6PM Friday evening, at closing, we detached the module and loaded it into Tom's (Gilly@N&W) truck......and reconfigured the layout back to its 6x11 footprint. I am SO sorry.....we all felt terrible.

It takes 4 people to carry out and re-configuring our 12 ft trailer is now our number one priority.

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Peter

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@PGentieu posted:

Beyond the special effect of the Magic Mountain, it is also a very attractive postwar style layout.  The standard O gauge track with extra ties and ballasting looks really good.  I realize they were using Lion Chief locomotives and some of the cars reflected more recent and merged road names like Penn Central but the scenery, the track, and the rolling stock still captured the feel of a well-executed postwar layout to me.

Peter........the choice of cars was mine based on necessity and availability.

1st of all, there was a time in my train collecting when I was addicted to the colorful 9200, 9400 and 9700 series. At one time, I had nearly a 100 of them.....

2nd of all, we needed something that worked every time in the helix.....fast angle wheels and cars that were not too heavy and not to light.......and, were uniform in weight....we had no derailments in the mountain!

Peter

Been a long time since I posted. The D27 was a fun build. Again, my apologies to having to leave Friday evening. A condensed explanation about the transport. ALL of our modules (except this one) travel standing on-edge in the trailer. The design of this module requires it to travel flat. We have 6x12 and 8x24 trailers. After we built the module, we measured the trailer. The OUTSIDE dimension on the 6x12 is 6'. To lay flat we will need to position it lengthwise front-back, not side-to-side. I was sorely tempted to pull the big trailer instead. It would have been a very easy load. But the gentleman who volunteered to pull it back from York could not have pulled the big trailer with his vehicle.

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