The Casey Jones Hi-railers achieved a major milestone this past weekend with the closing of the third and final loop of track on the new TCA train show layout. The Ron Williams Memorial Layout, named in honor of a former member who was instrumental in spearheading the first local TCA show layout, is on track for making its debut at the Casey Jones TCA show on October 6th.
The 10' x 15' layout features lightweight foam construction. Each of its 10 sections are aligned and held into place with dowel pins and furniture table leaf-style locks. The layout is so light it rests on 2x2 wood rails that sit snuggly in the factory 2-inch notches in plastic sawhorses purchased from Lowes. No more moving heavy tables to support the layout.
The new layout will have three independent FasTrack loops with minimum curves of O36, O48, and O72, respectively. The O72 track is planned to be the longest of the three lines and features a passing siding that transitions in and out of tubular track to allow use of older postwar accessories. The layout will be wired for both conventional and command control.
We hope you will visit one of our upcoming shows to see the new layout in operation.