The Construction Zone!  Houston N'Crowd's New Club Layout
April/May/June 2006
The layout space is upstairs at Papa Ben's Train Place.

You are invited to stop by and check our progress:  The layout room will be open most Saturdays.

Houston Union Station

Above and below:  Loren Neufeld's model of Houston Union Station, long a fixture on the N'Crowd's NTRAK modules, is test-fitted in its new location on the permanent layout.  Click here for more Houston Union Station.  (April 2006)

Houston Union Station

Workin' on the railroad

Above and three below:  Workin' on the railroad.  (April 2006)

Workin' on the railroad

Workin' on the railroad

Workin' on the railroad

Workin' on the railroad

Above: and below:  The first of two helixes takes shape.  (April 2006)

Workin' on the railroad

Workin' on the railroad

Above and below:  Everyone has an opinion.  (April 2006)

Workin' on the railroad

Workin' on the railroad

Above:  Seeing the forest and the trees!  (April 2006)

Workin' on the railroad

Above:  The yard takes shape.  (April 2006)

Below:  Playing around with ideas.  (April 2006)

Workin' on the railroad

Workin' on the railroad

Above:  "First run" around the new helix - no problem!  (April 2006)

Workin' on the railroad

Above and below:  Wired!  (April 2006)

Workin' on the railroad

All photos above by Ted Davis.  Keep up the good work, Ted!  (April 2006)

More photos from Ted below:  Even while work continues on the new layout, N'Crowd entertains visitors to Papa Ben's with operations on the N'Trak modules in the adjacent room.  (May 2006)

The old NTRAK modules

Workin' on the railroad

Above and below:  Skyboards in place on both levels and ready for finishing.  (May 2006)

Workin' on the railroad

Workin' on the railroad

Above and below:  Trackwork in the main yard.  (May 2006)

Workin' on the railroad

Three photos below:  Makin' trees!  (May 2006)

Makin' trees!

Makin' trees!

Makin' trees!

Below:  The fruits of their labors!  (June 2006)

Makin' trees!

Helix

Above and below:  Views of the first helix:  This thing is rock solid.  A second helix will be hidden in an adjacent room, allowing access to a large staging yard.  (June 2006)

Helix view

Industries take shape

Above:  This area will feature the Port of Houston on the upper level and various local industries below.  (June 2006)

Port01

Above:  The port area.  (June 2006)

Below:  Filling in the blanks, temporarily.  (June 2006)

Port02

Below:  The lower-level industrial area, which will feature a modern brewery.  (June 2006)

Brewery01

Working on the railroad

Above:  Industries being considered for the area of the layout that will be visible in the corridor outside the main layout room.  This area will be enclosed with plexiglass so it can be viewed at all times.

Below:  More progress in the yard area.  (June 2006)

More progress in the yard area

What fits where?

Above:  Testing some structure ideas.  (June 2006)

Below:  Working on the railroad!  This photo by Tom Marsh.  (June 2006)

Working on the railroad

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