As some of you may remember, I demolished the "old" UP Eastern Division (Run #255) last year to make room for a bigger and better layout. Part of the new plan was to showcase a large passenger station for the new layout. My dream was to have the Denver Union station as I stopped their numerous times riding Amtrak across this great country of ours. Well, sometimes dreams come true and TrainWorx made it happen. Last February, I had contracted with TrainWorx to build me one of their Denver Union Stations. At the April TCA show, I saw the "Rock Island" Freight House and decided to add that to the list too. That would make a perfect addition to my passenger yard / bulk service facility.
At York last month after having a nice chat with Dorcie, Mike and Roger, they loaded the buildings into my SUV. I thought it was nice that Mike and Roger carried them out to the car for me. Now that is customer service. Just a word on TW's packaging. It is bulletproof to say the least. There are a lot of "peanuts".
I asked Dorcie to delay delivery until last month to give me more time to complete the upper lever where the buildings will eventually reside. The plan was to bring them home and park them on the layout. Well, as life goes, I never made my October deadline to get that section of the upper level built. It took me and my wife another month of evenings and weekends to complete that area of construction.
It has been a long month for me since the York TCA show and the crates with the buildings took up residence in our dining room. Today my wife Debbie and I carried them downstairs and finally saw the finished products.
I am very pleased with my purchase from TrainWorx. Yes, they are expensive. Yes, Dorcie, Roger and Mike are great folks to deal with. And yes, I believe you get what you pay for. There are certainly no kits on the market that compare to quality and complexity of these models. TrainWorx certainly fills a niche in our hobby with the kits and custom built structures. I will be using them again for future layout structures and details.
The following are a few pics of the "uncrating" and finished models. Sorry for the relative poor quality as I snapped them with my iPhone.