I did my best to adapt Bill Barron’s sketch. Thankfully, by this time Minitrix had introduced
a comprehensive line of sectional track that happened to include curved switches—just
what I needed to make the plan work.
The layout was built atop a squat, round table I’d made from 3/4-inch plywood. The very
first image of it I’d taken reveals my seemingly schizophrenic style of construction: I was
ballasting and starting scenery before all of the track was laid.
All of the structures, save for the switch tower at far left, were scratchbuilt, and about
half of the rolling stock was likewise scratched. I’d even bashed a Shay, combining Minitrix
diesel mechanism parts with a chopped up Arnold Rapido steam switcher shell. The result
(which I dubbed “Frankenshay”) wasn't pretty, but it was better than the alternative—
which, in the 1970s, was nothing.
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