An engine facility with a variety of power and cabooses
Layout Construction Photos
I will keep adding photos as things progress.
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More actual construction photos exist
and will be posted here soon.
Comstock Park Yard in Grand Rapids was the first
to go in along the north wall of garage.  The top
picture is looking south, the engine facility is at
the bottom and classification yard is at the top.
Comstock Park  yard
looking south
Comstock Park Yard
looking north
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Tracks will be ballasted according to importance (mainline will be well maintained white ballast
other tracks are laid directly on the bench work which is covered by black rolled roofing material.  

Rolled roofing makes a great foundation for scenery and in my opinion looks better than plywood
or colored foam, at least until I get around to some scenery!
Here we are looking at the yard facing north, top.  The
mainline runs to the right or north to the City of Cadillac.
General Notes on Comstock Park Yard -  
10 tracks in the yard.  Looking north, from the right - 5 classification tracks,
2 arrival/ departure tracks, siding, mainline and the "0" track at far left.
design/construction element of the entire railroad.  The lowest lever will be the Fort Wayne Staging Yard.  
Above Fort Wayne will be the town of Cadillac and other mainline trackage on the middle layer.  Finally above
Cadillac will be the top layer which will contain the City of Petoskey along with other mainline trackage.

On the above
left photo, you will see the south end of Comstock Park Yard (CPY) in the background.  There
bottom corner of the photo, trackage in the Grand Rapids Industrial Area (GRI) which is between the Comstock
Park Yard and Fort Wayne. CPY is at an elevation of approximately 50 inches from the floor and Fort Wayne is
approximately 43 inches off the floor.  Cadillac will be approximately 51 inches off the floor so there is
approximately 8 inches of clearance for Fort Wayne.  So far, that has proved to be more than adequate.

The above
middle photo, shows the peninsula and the south end of the Grand Rapids, CPY at the bottom
left.  The Comstock Park Yard continues to the right (south) to the peninsula, through the GRI.  The elevation
mainline out of Comstock Park Yard.  It will continue north into Cadillac which will be above Fort Wayne.

On the above
right photo, you will see the peninsula with the north end of the Comstock Park Yard.  That
trackage continues to the right and will eventually connect to Cadillac, which will be above Fort Wayne, not yet
build in this photo.
picture is
attached firmly
the peninsula.  
The tall 2X4 in
The tall 2X4 in
picture is
attached firmly
to a joist in the
ceiling.
the right show
the peninsula
believe this gives
which to spike
which to spike
The photos on
the track and it
looks better than
bare plywook.
Here is the peninsula with the rolled roofing installed and the bare plywood Here
is the peninsula with the rolled roofing installed and the bare plywood Here is
the peninsula with the rolled roofing installed and the bare plywood painted flat
black.  I find painting the exposed raw plywood looks much more painted flat
black.  I find painting the exposed raw plywood looks much more finished when it
is painted flat black - which is a very, very old theatrical trick. (the tall 2X4 in the
pictures was eventually painted flat black!)
Here is the start of the 2nd Layer of
Here is the start of the 2nd Layer of
already installed and tested.  Note
mainline north of Comstock Park Yd
has been extended.  It will eventually loop around to join up with the City of
Cadillac on the 2nd deck that is going up here.  Also note the extended 2X4's
all around the second deck.  These 2X4's will be used to support the 2nd deck
Cadillac on the 2nd deck that is going up here.  Also note the extended 2X4's
Cadillac on the 2nd deck that is going up here.  Also note the extended 2X4's
as well as the 3rd deck.  We are using the partial mushroom design approach
to squeeze the most model railroad operating area out of our room.
The Peninsula: Lower Deck
The Peninsula: Second Deck
These two photos show the plywood going on the 2nd deck of the peninsula,
which will be the City of Cadillac.  In the left photo you can see the extended
mainline getting close to connecting to this 2nd deck.
the south end of Cadillac The
second photo on the right is
from the north side of Cadillac
looking south.  Cadillac
Station has not yet been
installed and the 3rd deck
Operations started right away,
as evidenced by the car card
box filled with way bills!