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years later, after attending the 1975 NMRA National Convention in Dayton. He came home hooked on model railroading and began preparations by formulating a trackplan to suit his interests in western themes. The layout room has since needed to be expanded to allow for the area that is home to the mountainous areas of the railroad. Jim painted his own backdrop and performed almost all of the work himself. In the beginning, he consulted other experienced model railroaders, but after getting a few pointers, he has pretty much done everything you see in the photographs. Structures on the layout have all been named after family members or close friends and associates. This is in keeping with a tradition that has been a part of model railroading from the very beginning. In the grand scheme of everyday life, having a miniature spot on some layout named after you wont make newspaper headlines or CNN, but it is an honor and the kindest form of flattery to be considered worthy of having your name appear on a fellow modelers artwork. This is especially true if the structure is as fine as one of those found on Jims layout. The layout is powered by an older Zero One DCC control system. The decoders for that system are rather large by todays standards. Jim has been able to overcome the size problem by installing a large number of these in head-end cars and tenders. The electrical wires are not all that obtrusive and in most cases go unnoticed until they are pointed out. Jim is considering an updated DCC system now that the Zero One decoders are getting harder to locate. The opportunity to add sound decoders will also

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The massive Banasiak Mining Company stamp mill dominates the hillside beyond the Chad River. The scratchbuilt structures in the scene are host to the only narrow gauge rail on the layout. The ore dump ramp was constructed in place, on an arc. A peek behind the ramps reveals exquisite detailing of the chutes and door mechanisms, along with numerous other details. be realized by switching to one of the more popular systems available on todays market. The HOn3 section of switchback rail is powered by a standard DC power pack. All the turnouts have manual throws to eliminate the need for the mass of wiring required to operate the many turnouts on the layout. The positions and placement of the structures on the layout are designed to allow easy turnout control access by the operators...operational is the key word. Since space is at a premium in the Harrington household, the train room will not easily accommodate a large group of operators at one time. For this reason, he has hosted only a few operating sessions. His involvement in national, regional and local organizations has allowed him to show the

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Although nobody ever figured out exactly what their product is, the Smith & Cecil Manufacturing plant seems to be doing okay. The local painting crews can be seen sprucing up the holding tanks with a fresh coat of paint. A lot of spurrelated switching takes place here due to its prime location on the layout. The complex is the prominent industry on this part of the railroad.

DECEMBER 2002

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