Trenary and Throop Railroad

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CEO Andy
City, Country Overland Park
State/Prov KS
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Name of Layout Trenary and Throop Railroad

My layout started in 2002 in my basement in Georgia as a 4 x 8 piece of plywood. It has been expanded several times since (even though I said I never needed to enlarge it) and it has been moved to Kansas. It started very simple, flat board --no mountain, etc. and has since expanded in all directions. My friend Don had used a backdrop from Background Warehouse and I decided I needed one to set my layout apart and make it more realistic.
I run mostly Postwar Lionel trains and accessories. The layout is filled with them. I use several ZWs rather than all the new fangled computer operated equipment. The trains run like they are new-even though they are more than 50 years old. When I contemplated the backdrop project, I figured it would be a tough installation that would take the entire evening--even with sufficient assistance. Was I surprised--we had it up on the wall and completed in just over an hour--UNBELIEVABLE.
We used backdrops from BackDrop Warehouse       Member - BackDrop Warehouse Customers

The backdrop may look washed out but this is due to lighting used for photography. Visually it is much darker. (note from BDWH)

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Layout Size 23 x 15 feet--U shaped
Era & Place Postwar Lionel
Control type Postwar Lionel-ZW's, KW's, etc.
Prototype Michigan and Pennsylvania Scenes
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My two sons, son in law, Don and I were the team. Don and I marked the wall with a pencil where we wanted to attach the backdrop a night before we affixed the backdrop. It took about 10 minutes to mark the wall. Then I printed and read the instructions. Out installation team arrived at 5:30, we enjoyed pizza, washed our hands and went to work. Mike applied the rubber cement to the wall, we let it get tacky, and then I affixed the backdrop to the wall using the line we drew as a guide.Daniel held the roll to my right as we put it on the wall and then he and David used the paint roller and cover to roll the bubbles out. In about an hour we were standing back and admiring our work.
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Don was our official photographer and already has the photos posted on the website we have for the TCA-Heart of America Chapter in the member's layout section. Since Don had already put his own back drop up a year or so ago, he was handy as he had an answer to our questions and saved us time as we did not need to return to the instructions once we started. Thank you Backdrop Warehouse -- a nice product-- and a relatively simple process. I am pretending that the West Virginia hills are actually close to Throop Pennsylvania--the selection is great and the add on clouds and building come in handy. I recommend it to all model railroaders--it really spiced my layout up--even my wife said so--and itwas not that hard to do! Thanks again.
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