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Semi-Finished Scene

By August 7, 2023Scenery1 min read

August 7, 2023

Labels were temporarily affixed.  The valance has an industry chart.  The finished one will indicate door numbers.

The fascia has arrows at each end of the town indicating the direction and upcoming town.  In the center (usually centered on a station – Proberta did not have one), is the town name along with a whistle signal chart.

Tortoises are used to throw switches.  A slide switch with a bezel keeps the mechanism recessed.  Pushing the switch toward the wall throws the points to the wall, pulling moves points toward fascia.  Lights on the fascia by each mainline switch shows green if aligned for main, red if not.  A bi-directional LED was used.  Siding crossovers are dark unless set to cross then there is an amber light.  There is also an amber light above the phone that indicates the party line is in use.

Also added were clipboard holders for switch-lists, holders for picks, and a drink holder.  Velcro will be applied to hold EasyDCC throttles.

All of these worked well on the previous layout, so I saw no reason to reinvent the wheel.


  • Roger Sekera says:


    Really appreciate and do watch (almost every day) your progress….which looks good!

    Roger Sekera
    Easton, MD

    • Gary Ray says:

      Thanks for the compliments. Slowed down preparing for the National NMRA convention in Dallas. Had an open house and another one in 2 weeks. My wife just had knee replacement surgery today so not sure how much I’ll get done in September. I’m going to work on fine tuning all switches, installing tortoises and feeders, and missing ties. Hope to have more updates soon. Appreciate your following along.

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