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CEO Dave Arday
City, Country Laurel
State/Prov MD
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Name of Layout Eagle Pass RR

This is a 4x6 layout representing a Class I branch line, somewhere in the southwestern U.S, during the early 1960s. It is loosely based on the UP and SantaFe, though it doesnít follow either prototype exactly.
I started this 4x6 foot layout for my then 7-yr.-old son, in 2001, with the intention of it residing in his bedroom. However, my younger, then 2-yr.-old son soon started climbing up on the table, so I moved the layout to our basement. Thereafter, I took over all aspects of building it. Since I hadnít had a layout of my own in over 25 yrs., I set a goal of experimenting with newer modeling tools and techniques during the construction, in particular, the use of extruded foam insulation.

Because it started out as my son's layout, the table height is only 38 inches. The track plan is a simple oval with one siding, a bifurcated spur, and an interchange track. Wiring is single cab DC with blocks. The track is code 100, mostly steel rail Bachmann E-Z track. The longer curves are super-elevated. I used Woodland Scenics SubTerrain risers to create a 2% grade up into (and down from) the pass.

The terrain represented is southwestern desert mesa. The scenery base is carved foam. The rock faces were created by skim coating the base with dry wall mud and carving the finer details. Most of the structures are standard kits or minor kitbashes of standard kits. All the structures are at least lightly weathered, and most have some added detail. A couple smaller items are scratchbuilt. The Route 89 grade crossing signals flash, using a circuit I built from an automobile turn signal flasher unit.

Rolling stock is mostly from Athearn and MDC kits. Most of the rolling stock is weathered. Motive power includes an Athearn SW7 (UP) with directional lighting added, a P2K GP9 (UP) and a P2K GP30 (ATSF). My sons also have an F7 (UP) and a 2-6-2 Prarie (UP), plus some cars (not in photos).

I am still working on the weathering and detailing of the engines and rolling stock, as well as adding more details to the scenery.

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Layout Size 4x6
Feet of track 30  feet
Era & Place 1960s
Control type single cab DC, block wiring
Prototype UP, ATSF
Motive Power - Diesel 3
Rolling Stock 25
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The layout sits as a peninsula with one 4-ft. side against a fixed backdrop that consists of most of two commercial 3-ft. backdrop panels--one of the panels was damaged by water and is about a foot shorter than it would be otherwise--plus a 2-ft. hand-painted extension that I did myself. The extension is painted to blend in and join either end of the fixed backdrop, allowing me to shoot the layout from various angles on either side of the table or from the end of the table. I also recently purchased a 5-ft. sky backdrop panel that allows me to shoot from additional angles across the table. The photos on display were shot over a period of several months.
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I have earned the NMRA's Golden Spike Award for my work on this layout.
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