Building The New Layout at 569 High Mountain Road

On November 20, 2015, the Club voted to take over and lease the space vacated by the O scale Model Engineers' Railroad Club of North Jersey. On July 21, 2017, after 18 months of research, discussion, and planning, the Club formally approved a design for the new HO railroad. One week later, the Club broke ground.
Pencil lines marking the benchwork base July 2017 1000X750
At the first work session on July 29, 2017, white soap chalk lines were put down to approximate the location of the support walls and then retraced with pencil.

Benchwork base being secured to the concrete floor 1000X750
Jim secures the base of the support walls to the concrete floor with special nails.

Completed benchwork base 1000X665
A look at the nearly completed base that will make up one of the peninsulas.

Support stud installation August 2017 1000X665
The next work session consisted of installing the support studs connecting the base to the ceiling. Here the first couple are installed.

Support stud installation August 2017 1000X665
After a few hours, many of the studs are in place.

Support stud installation August 2017 1000X665
A reverse angle shows members continuing to install studs.

Completed support studs 1000X750
Here is a look inside on September 4, 2017 showing the completed support studs. Shortly after, 120V armored BX wiring and outlets were installed along the bottom of the walls.

Helix construction 714X960
The Club decided to tackle the helix next due to its complexity. Twelve trapezoids of plywood with the ends cut at 15 degree angles will make up one rotation. Here you can see the support structure for the helix with one set of trapezoids laid flat to test the fit and another set stacked to the side.

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