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© 2017 The Great W&D Railroad

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Made by Serif

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When the original layout was moved from the old house, it had to be cut into two pieces and moved on a flatbed trailer to the new 2 car garage.  It made it to it’s new home and was greatly enlarged!

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The first layout was flat plywood with HO scale tracks, cars and limited buildings illuminated by incandescent bulbs.  There was a painted background along one wall - all house within a one car garage.  It was built on the weekends and other spare time.  The layout was controlled by analog power packs and all switches, lights and blocks were controlled manually.  The layout was expanded and rebuilt into a larger railroad with multiple elevations and a two person control station.  There was a specially designed map to control turnouts directional lighting to select the path of the engine.  The layout was transported to the current location where it was further expanded and two remote control station were created.  A yard and alpine mountain was added until there was no room to walk around the out edges of the layout.  Further changes from analog to digital control using handheld throttles required  a complete rewriting of the existing layout.  The decision was made to scrap the layout and build a bigger and better one in its place.  It lasted 6 years before it was demolished in June of 2013.

 

The height of the layout has changed over the years.  In it’s first form, it was high enough that an operator could crawl underneath to get to the center where a hatch allowed access to the center of the layout.  Future rebuilds have gradually lowered the layout till it now sits low enough that you can sit and operate the yards and spurs.