|My layout in progress
|These are pictures of my layout progress from Christmas 2000 onward.
Once I moved it in the house, I got carried away and eventually expanded it to about 5 1/2' X
10 1/2'. I started with the simple over and under for Christmas of 2000. When Christmas was
over, I went wild with it. I named it the Fort Michael and Shelby Station Railroad (after my
grandkids) because it was going to be a wild West type railroad and I was going to have a fort
like in the movies.
|These two are from Christmas 2000. It was just a basic over and
The grandkids wanted it to go "up up up" and they wanted tunnels.
2 sheets of 2" pink styrofoam glued together and set on milk cartons
made the base. 4% Woodland Scenics risers were used for the grade.
Cardboard, styrofoam, spray foam insulation, and plaster soaked
towels made the tunnels and hills. Then I painted it with white latex
paint and dry brushed the EZ Track with the same paint. The track
was glued by putting a little white glue every few feet on the base of
The tree is on a separate plywood base that I remove after Christmas.
I put strings of blue Christmas lights on the two walls in the corner.
Then I bought a long piece of sky blue linen like material and hung it
over the lights. I painted mountains on the material with spray snow.
It looked really neat at night with just the blue lights on.
The animated pieces in front are set on white felt on boxes.
|After Christmas, I was tired of watching it run in circles and decided expansion was necessary. I added 20" on the side and 15"
on the end. At this point, the width was dictated by the amount of room I had between the wall and the TV. The length
extended about a foot into the arch doorway and I didn't want to go any farther and block the doorway.
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