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Benchwork

This page describes the benchwork construction. The current design has three levels; the staging level, the lower level, and the upper level.

The benchwork on the Colorado Front Range Railroad is made up  from 2'x4'  modules. The modules come in two thicknesses: thick and thin. The thick modules are constructed from 1"x 4" premium grade pine with 2"x2" corner braces. The thin modules are constructed from 1"x2" premium grade pine. The legs for the modules are made from 2" x 2" premium grade pine. Each leg has a T-nut in the end and 5/16 x 2 1/2" carriage bolt is used to level the modules. A small plywood block with felt on one side was used to prevent the carriage bolt from scratching the wood floor.  The backdrops and facia are 1/8" thick tempered hardboard (Masonite).  The track sub-roadbed is Homasote. 



The reason the layout was designed using modules so that if a move were ever to take place (as it has in the past) the layout can be, somewhat, easily break the layout down and moved to the new location. This also allows the new layout to be constructed quickly because new benchwork does not need to be fabricated.


This is the lower level. The left portion of benchwork is narrower to accommodate a wider aisle.  The right portion is the center peninsula which will hold the main yard.  The depressed area in the rear of the photo is where the helix will be located. This will allow trains to run from deck to deck on the railroad.  The Helix has an inner and outer track. The inner track connects the staging level to the upper level. The outer track connects the staging level to the lower level and connects the lower level to the upper level.






This photo shows the other part of the layout. The lowest deck is the staging level of the layout. This will hold an eight track staging yard which will 12 feet long.

The staging yard and lower level share support legs.












The upper level uses heavy-duty shelving brackets to support the modules. A eight foot 1" x 2" is attached to the front edge to provide strength (and create an L-Girder type beam) to the upper level.




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