Sweethome Chicago under way at last

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by Jon Grant, Nov 3, 2004.

  1. Jon Grant

    Jon Grant Member

    Things are finally starting to happen on the switching layout.

    I spent ages designing the foldaway legs, bearing in mind the layout will be fully portable and able to be transported in the back of the car.



    The whole leg structure can be erected in under a minute, with each set of legs being held in place with a single brass pin. I am really pleased with it and it is as solid as a rock, once the adjustable feet iron out any unevenness in the floor.

    Each of the six boards are secured with two coach bolts, secured into captive plates, removing the need for nuts and washers, and the baseboards are aligned with pattern makers dowels - a perfect fit every time.


    The underside of each board is painted white so I can easily see the wiring


    The electrics are carried between the boards by a spagetti bowl of 37-way multipin connectors and home-made jumper cables - not the quickest of jobs.

    The track is secured to brass pins at each board joint to stop unwanted movement. With the dowels and bolts, the tracks line up every time. the rails have yet to be cut in the pics.



    More soon.

  2. Jon Grant

    Jon Grant Member

    MOW car testing the under track magnet



    Very handy for holding pins and fishplates.

  3. Jon Grant

    Jon Grant Member

    checking clearances at the loading platform

  4. NYC-BKO

    NYC-BKO Member

    So that's what you've been up to in your secret laboratory, looking good so far, Jon!-:thumb::thumb:
    Atleast you're using the right railroad to test it!!-:D
    Good luck with the rest of it.-:wave:
  5. Fred_M

    Fred_M Guest

    Hi Jon. Great start. Welcome back mate. Fred
  6. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

    Excellent start and great photo's. :wave: :wave: :thumb: :thumb:
  7. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

    Yeah!!! Good benchwork, great weathered gon, cool NYC power, and a terrific looking large industry. Can't wait for future developments.
  8. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    I agree, great progress Jon!
  9. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

    Looking good Jon!
  10. Jon Grant

    Jon Grant Member

    Thanks a lot guys.

    I forgot to mention that the 6 boards just sit on top of the legs after they have been erected and levelled.

    The gon is an Athearn BB covered gon (without cover) and has been detailled with grabs, stirrups and Kadee trucks. I also weighted the chassis with sheet lead and it runs like a dream now.


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