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1. Beginning Benchwork./

Along the long wall (right) will be two levels. On the lower level in front will be the yards at Broken Bow. The upper level on the near end sill be Bouden and in the far corner,Calgary, a passenger station and some freight transfer. The benchwork is all Sievers prefabricated modules. It comes packed as individual boards lettered and numbered. You just bolt and screw them together.

2. Base Benchwork Completed.

This Photo is from the opposite direction from Photo 1. In the larger section in the back corner, will be Nimrod. To the right of the photo, off the screen, is Garrison.

3. Starting Risers and Wiring.

This photo is essentially the same as Photo Number 1. Broken Bow Yard on the lower level and Calgary on the upper lever in the corner. This is a good example of the track buss wiring from the BDL168's. Each bundle of 5 wires represents a Detection Zone of a BDL168. The black wire is common from the Booster, Green is the first detection section of each zone, yellow Number two, blue three, and orange four. The Zone identification tags are not on these wires at this stage, but each bundle is tagged every other bench section as to their BDL168 addresses. When dropping track wires to their buss, it makes it very easy to identify without tracing back to the source.

4. Main Power Supply.

On the top shelf is the DCS100 Command Station, the DB200 Booster, and the PS2012 Power Supply. These supply the 2 Power Districts.
On the lower faceboard are various transformers (wall warts) and 6 of the DCC Specialties PSX1 Circuit breakers. This center supplies 6 of the eight Power Subdistricts.

5. Continuing With Trackwork.

Track work continues so that there is enough track to run a train or two. Also at this point most of the computer programming entries have been completed. I am using RR&Co's Train Controller program.
In the center is the penisula and in the far corner is the lower level with the three track reversing loops. In the far corner, there are two levels above this one. The second level is hidden and goes along the back wall to Nimrod.

6. Upper Level.

Finally the third level and nearing completion of track. It has been 2 years at this point. This level is independent of the two lower levels and is for scenic and variation only.
The mid-level in this photo is Garrison. The lower level is the three reversing loops at one end of the dog-bone. Also, notice along the front of the table are small printed circuit board that I made to hold the SPDT MOM and LED for each turnout. Mounted on each board is the switch, the LED, and a 5 position screw terminal.
The 5-wire cable I mentioned in the electrical drawings connects here. This allows for easy maintenance. Right now (Spring 2009) I'm starting on the facia board in which these little boards will be recessed.

7. Facia Work.

The Facia is made from a 4' x 8' sheet of 1/8" fiber board. I will hang black cloth from this to hide the storage area below the railroad. The recessed turnout switches can be seen along the Facia with UP5's for local throttle control.

8. View From Entry Doorway. July 1, 2011.

9. Beginning of the climb to Red Deer.

10. Grade Crossing at Red Deer

11. Grade Crossing at Red Deer (gates down).

12. Family Day at Greatland Sugar Refining Co.

13. Passengers Waiting at Broken Bow Station.

14. Decending from Red Deer past a pig farm.

15. Leaving Red Deer for Dos Vias and Destin.

16. Transfer Building at Bouden.

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