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The railroad's tw.o major terminals and roundhouses are visible here. The entranceway to the central access aisle separates the two by a few feet but the trains must travel over several hundred feet of track to run from one terminal to the other. Lloyd Hammer built the wooden roundhouse back in 1 955 from sheet and strip wood shapes.

A narrow gauge branch line runs along one portion of the railroad from this terminal with Lowell Spooner's Gallows frame turntable to a junction with the standard gauge mainline. Note the nice details like the stonelined sunken ashpit, abandoned box car, and "weeds. "

major reason why mo st me n join a model I a-;model club is toand, p erhaps,spac e assistance of ilroad obtain the needed for railroad the

enough oth ers to mak e the building of a really large layout p ractical for all. The Thunderbird Model Railroad Club in Phoenix, Arizona, is no exception to this rule; mo st of its me mb ers are there to see that they accomplish mo re as a group than any of them could do as isolated individuals. The Thunderb irds have succeeded in producing a mo del railroad that is not only larger than most individuals c ould ever dream of but the railroad has an operating and

v iewing quality that is unique even among model railroad clubs. Most groups, given a barn-like area, cannot help but succumb to the temptation to put a giant layout in the c enter of t h e space with aisles a l l around the edges. The Phoenix group h as c o nstructed their layout like mo st home railroads of today; the railroad's tables are p laced around the wall of the room with the major operating areas in the center of the room O ne wall of the layout is backed with glass so the spectators can see the railroad with out wal k ing inside to interfere with the memb ers work . I t's one of the very
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