Timesaver Layout: Constructing the Box

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Img_3209Img_3209Since my post “Model Train Puzzles” a few weeks back, we’ve been slowly building an HO-scale version, beginning with a folding, suitcase-sized box for easy storage and transport.

After an initial father-son shopping trip to the hobby store for track and rolling stock (based upon the layout described by the Prince William County Model Railroad Club) and to the hardware store for wood and paint (colors chosen by him), we set him up with some of the track and rolling stock on his cedar chest while I used a power saw to cut the plywood. All further construction was done using hand tools, which enabled him to “help.” He’s been able to saw, hammer, glue, paint, hand-drill, and screw. Being able to play with the cars and track, he has learned all about how switches, cars, and couplers work.

Next up, laying the track…

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