Unboxing TW TrainWorx Freight House and Union Station

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.

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"If two rails are good, than three rails has got to be better."

 

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Those do look really nice. Doubt I will be able to get many custom made buildings if any, my wife has problems with the price of the Higher End Locomotives. There is a couple I would like to get but I need to get some things for my current layout before I can really look into getting those.

Really nice, thanks for sharing with us and please continue to do so. TrainWorx makes great buildings, layouts, and is a great Ambassador for Our Hobby. Their attention to detail and accuracy is unsurpassed. When The Train Dame Talks, We Listen?  Your layout sounds really great...

I've been a Trainworx booster for years.  Roger and Dorcie are the poster children for customer service (and bullet-proof packaging ).  I am glad that you have joined the army of satisfied Trainworx customers.

They not only built my layout and painted the backdrop, but Roger made me some authentic Santa Fe right-of-way signs, using the Santa Fe Engineering Standards drawings and plans.  Now, where else would I have been able to get a scale Santa Fe no trespassing or close clearance sign?

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Tom

 

Superintendent, High Plains Division (O Gauge) 

The Panhandle & Santa Fe Railway Co.

Lone Star Hi-Railers

Santa Fe, All the Way

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Nice.  Tom, I'm not one to tattle normally, but one of your guys must have been sippin from the jug a tad too deep.  He's keeled over and looks stiff as a mannequin.  Better wake him up and give him an eye opener so he's steadier on his feet.  Cheers.

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Nice.  Tom, I'm not one to tattle normally, but one of your guys must have been sippin from the jug a tad too deep.  He's keeled over and looks stiff as a mannequin.  Better wake him up and give him an eye opener so he's steadier on his feet.  Cheers.

Haha, actually, he's the only free-standing -- well, supposed to be free-standing -- figure I have.  All the others have had a small hole drilled into the sole of a shoe, and a cut-off sewing pin is glued into the hole.  When I want to place one of those figures, I just put the pin into the ground and the figure stands with no glue, but I had this fellow leaning against the water column, and didn't notice that he had fallen until I uploaded the photo.  I said to myself, "Somebody's gonna see that."

Good catch, William.

Tom

 

Superintendent, High Plains Division (O Gauge) 

The Panhandle & Santa Fe Railway Co.

Lone Star Hi-Railers

Santa Fe, All the Way

Number 90 posted:

They not only built my layout and painted the backdrop, but Roger made me some authentic Santa Fe right-of-way signs, using the Santa Fe Engineering Standards drawings and plans.  Now, where else would I have been able to get a scale Santa Fe no trespassing or close clearance sign?

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I was very interested in seeing that no clearance sign in your photo, Tom. I have one in my trainroom (a real one), but until now I hadn't realized that it was a Santa Fe sign. It's great to know its origin, and that it was made in accordance with Santa Fe specs. In fact, it was on a building next to what had been (before being torn out) a siding that once was Santa Fe property. I thought it was just some kind of generic railroad clearance warning sign. Interestingly, the sign is made out of what appears to be fiberglass. Happening to see your posting in this thread - and your photo which you happened to put into it - certainly qualifies as an extremely coincidental way for me to learn about this sign! 

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I loved your old layout and bought THAT issue of OGR just for your article!

the new station will go nicely with your UP theme.  Can't wait to see the new layout.  Looking forward to it!

Thanks. 

Stay tuned. I hope to soon post some progress pictures but do not want to give too much away in case Allan would like me to work on another feature down the road. The new layout is twice the size of the old one and multi level.

"If two rails are good, than three rails has got to be better."

 

"Give a person a toy train and watch them play for a day. Teach a person to fill their basement with trains and give them a lifetime hobby."

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