The layout's benchwork is 2 x 4 lumber, 1/2"
OSB, and 3" deck screws. Raised track sections use 1/4" plywood.
Wiring is 12 gauge for the trackage
in most areas, and lighting is standard Christmas tree lights
in 18 volt circuits, with some purchased hobby lighting. AC train
transformers and plug in DC wall type transformers supply the power.
A high frequency alternating current generator supplies the power for the
headlights on the HO track when the DC power is off. 12 VAC relays
control most of the automated action, but an old Timex/Sinclair 1000 computer
with an interface board and about 18 6 VDC 4PDT relays can take the layout
through it paces, freeing the operator from the control panel. Two
tape players supply some music and train station sound effects. The
homemade animation uses inexpensive gearhead motors bought
from surplus catalogs. Scenery is drywall compound over cardboard or heavy
brown paper, chicken grit for track ballast glued in place, cut strips
of kitchen place mats for paving between the HO rails, lichen and
dried garden materials for brush and trees, purchased trees, and artificial
small sized floral materials.
No ground foam is used, just green paint.
Non-scale items with great sentimental value
Additional cantilevered surface area constitutes
one 4 x 8 sheet of OSB.
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