Thursday, February 26, 2015


When the section house was remodeled in the 1990s, they installed two handicap ready restrooms. The previous owner kept them and ran tracks through along the wall.

While this provided a great place for the dispatcher to sit, it used a significant amount of space that I wanted to reclaim for the new layout. There is space in a closet between the furnaces that can be used for a toilet and sink.

My friend Matt Latham helped me with the demolition.

We tacked the two outside walls in one evening. There was a lot of sheetrock to remove, but it went pretty easy.

The wall separating the two bathrooms was made of OSB, insulated and a little tougher.


The section house has two brick chimneys that are right in the middle of the layout space. Shane built around them, but I wanted to use the space. I called a couple guys about having them removed, and for $500 plus haul off, I was in business.

The chimney in the east room is pretty accessible, even when covered with sheet rock. In the west room there was still a couple walls and backdrops surrounding it.

Nothing a screw gun and pry bar couldn't take care of.

This chimney also had been dressed up with sheet rock.

The next day the demo guy was done.

All that was left was a pile of 120 year old bricks in my trailer. A couple people came and salvaged what they could and the rest went to the dump.

Lone Star Region of the NMRA Division 1 meeting

I had the guys from my LSR division come over and see the progress... or lack there of on January 17, 2015. This seems to be the kick in the ass I needed to get going.