The Brock Railroad
June 5, 2010
While it is certainly common for ILSR members to lend a hand when a fellow member needs help with his layout, having an official work session, with several members helping, is a first. Lance and Vickie Brock have a beautifully landscaped yard with a wide variety of plants, rocks, flowing water and bridges. A "moving feature" seemed like a great addition to the garden so they joined the ILSR to learn more about garden railroads.
After Lance decided on a layout design, he prepared the roadbed. A couple of simultaneous events in the ILSR were happening, fortuitously, at the same time. Mike Smith, as president, began to promote the idea of a club-sponsored work session to help members work on their layouts. Also, Jeff Carter had come up with a clever foam roadbed for his layout and for the club's temporary display layouts. When all of these ideas came together, Lance agreed to be the first of our official club-sponsored work sessions ( or "rail raising", with apologies to the Amish and their "barn raisings").
When we arrived, you can see in the first group of pictures that Lance had already located the right-of-way with pea gravel and positioned the sectional track. Straight rail was to be custom bent for the large radius curve in the first picture below:
The Work Session
The first job was scooping out the pea gravel and laying the foam road bed, Lance gets the ball rolling and the crew jumps in:
A two-rail bender was used to custom bend the large radius turn in the picture below:
Below, the final section of foam roadbed ready to be installed:
The last step, below, is putting the pea gravel ballast in place:
No wiring was required since Lance's trains are powered by batteries and controlled by radio.
After a 6-hour day by 6 or 7 club members (with timeout for a great lunch by Vickie), the job is finished and trains are running. Lance has his Mikado-powered passenger train highballing on the layout.
An excellent (and learning) experience for everyone. Great job and terrific layout and something we hope to do again - helping build, or rebuild, member's layouts.