Rather that start construction during the winter, when the weather here in Texas is temperate, I decided to start in the summer, when Texas is at its hottest (It was 107 degrees yesterday)! Why do things easily?
Benchwork construction seems to follow Newton's law of motion. I've been on a roll with plenty of momentum since late June. Framework for the staging loop, PFI Mill, the East Lewiston yard and east approach to the depot are built. Below are some pictures of the progress so far...
|Building a layout in a living room presents some interesting situations. Here I have an L girder spanning three large windows.|
|I'm using an L girder on the under side with triangular bracing to support the benchwork.|
|Here in Texas, home builders aren't particularly concerned with minor details such straight or square walls! Shims were needed at several locations to attach the L girder to the wall.|
|Two shims were required to screw the L girder into the wall at this location!|
|Plywood for the staging loop on the peninsula. The PFI mill will be about 6 inches above it.|
|The myriad of legs supporting the peninsula for the staging loop and PFI Mill.|
|I used stamped metal brackets screwed into the legs and floor boards to anchor the peninsula and keeping it from getting bumped out of place.|
My goal is to have the staging loop and main line in to the yard, as well as the trackage for the paper mill in and running by Thanksgiving of 2012. Boy, putting it out there in cyberspace makes the goal much more real! More later...I have plywood to cut!