Monday, August 17, 2015

The ROCK 3.0: Expansion Project Progress

After dinner tonight, I added another 4" to the 1x2" frame, cut and installed the table top.  For the materials, I used 1x2s and 2'x4'x1/4" birch plywood.  The table top weighs 11.6 lbs.  With track and cork, maybe 15 lbs total.  I'm just guessing.  I would think that is about as much as you would want for one person to handle for the size.  The module is 48" long by 41" wide. Next, I will work on legs.

You can see the 4" I added to the left of the module.

Here is the module held in place temporarily.  That's a lot of real estate for Bureau.  Hopefully enough to do what I want to do.  When held in place, it lines up perfectly with the tracks at LaSalle Yard.  There is a three foot span or so that will have to be made as a drop in section between LaSalle Yard and the Bureau module.

The module in storage in front of the layout.  
I can clean out a place for it to be stored under the layout at Libbey-Owens Ford.

So, slowly but surely, progress is being made on this project.  Flex track has shipped.  Looking forward to getting everything lined up to see the it all in place.  


  1. Steven -

    I am thinking of using ME code 55 flex track on my layout. How does it work out for you? I am more familiar with Atlas code 55, which is really "flexy"... ME is not. Any issues in forming curves? My minimum radius on the South East Kansas is 19 inches.


    1. I have used the ME Code 55 non-weathered for this entire layout due to Atlas track shortage initially. I like it. You can shape it, step back and review, then glue it down with ease.

  2. Nice work Steven, and done so quickly !

    Maybe some inspiration for me to get some additional bench work done for my layout.