The following photos are of a 58" x 102" N Scale layout for a valued customer in the Boston, Massachusetts area and delivered in August 2013. I consider this level of completion a benchwork with running trains project. The customer will be be working on the scenery.
This layout featured a 3 aspect bi directional analog signal system utilizing rail detection, with a total of 24 blocks. It also included a pair of operational crossing gates with flashers and bell unit.
Also included and installed were all necessary DCC stationary decoders, detection, signaling and USB hardware to allow full digital (computer reliant) operation in the future.
Components, accessories and additional features include: Digitrax DCC components for computer train, switch machine, block detection, signal system and programming operation, LED Occupancy Panel, Tortoise Switch machines, NJ International crossing gates, AUX BOX accessory switch decoder, Tam Valley Frog Juicers, 3 Truss Bridge Kits, 1 scratch built curved plate girder bridge, vehicle bridge and dam facility.
This layout featured all Peco Code 55 N Scale flex track and turnouts installed on cork roadbed.
The analog (not computer reliant) signal system and all searchlights signals were designed, built, and installed by Custom Signal Systems in Salt Lake City, UT.
This is an overview photo of the Wing Haven West layout. It's just about completed and just waiting for a few finishing touches to be done to the LED block occupancy panel to be completed.
Day one of putting the benchwork frame together.
With benchwork assembly well under way, you can see that the track roadbed has all been cut and the risers are being adjusted to plan.
This photo shows that the layout has progressed far enough to get ready to start laying track. At this point, it was time to start getting the bridge abutments in place to ensure smooth track transitions onto and off of the bridges. A Walther's Double Track N scale truss bridge is being test fit in the foreground, and all portals have been fabricated.
All track has been laid and trains are very close to being able to run.
In this photo you can see that the 3 truss bridges on this side of the layout have been built, abutments fabricated and fully installed. Train operations are not far away.
The curved plate girder bridge in this photo was the last project that needed to be done so trains could run around the entire layout. The deck of the bridge was scratch built with super-elevation and the bridge towers are assembled kits from Micro Engineering.
All tunnel portals on the layout were scratch built.
This particular portal had custom searchlight signals installed to tell the customer if any trains were on the tracks ahead and what route turnouts were set to.
On the center plateau there was a set of Berkshire Junction N scale traffic lights at an intersection that will be developed in the future.
The LED block occupancy panel was installed on this end of the layout. It was on a bracket that allowed it to be folded up and out of the way, as well as turn left or right. It had LED light installed so you could see what track blocks were occupied by a train or rolling stock.
This is a small version of the Loveland Water and Power's Idylewilde Dam on the Big Thompson river in Colorado.
This is a photo of the layout's control panel shelf. The layout was powered by a Digitrax DCC Super Chief 8 AMP Radio Duplex system including a Digitrax PR3 to programming locomotives, and allowing communication between the layout and a computer. This system was compiled with expansion in mind.
This is the back side of the control panel shelf. The PC board in the center of the panel is an AUX BOX 12 switch accessory decoder.
Here on the layout's left leg panel, we see the electronics that were used for train detection. The analog detection system is fully installed and operational, and the Digitrax digital components are installed but will be operational when the layout is converted over to digital operation.
Here on the layout's right leg panel, we see the electronics that were used for the signal systems and operating the turnouts. The analog signal system is fully installed and operational, and the Digitrax digital components are installed but will be operational when the layout is converted over to digital operation.