Railfair 2006 started with some not so good weather. For the first time in almost 16 years we had rain. Fortunately, it rained only after we got the modules set up and only for a couple of hours. At about noon the skies cleared and we had a great weekend.
This year also saw the third major reconstruction of the club's portable layout. We retired the old ends and cut down to 4 side pieces to make it easier to transport and used a new leg system. The 4 new end pieces made my Mike Janik worked like a charm. It gave us much more space inside the layout and bigger curves for large rail cars. With the new leg system we were able to set up the layout in a record time of 30 minutes.
With the layout up we had the task to relay a lot of track. The outside track already had it's cork bed laid so by 11AM we had trains running. By noon Sunday we had both main lines running trains. We still have some kinks to work to do as our Walther's heavyweights had some derailing problems.
There is still major work to be done. The town of Barcus will need to have many of it's turnouts replaced and Stilts will need to be completely rebuilt. The cut down did not allow for the modules sidings to meet up well. Will need to remove the tops and do a total rebuild. Also in the works are 4 new modules. 2 straight and 2 curved to give the layout a dog bone shape. One of the new curved sections will be the new home for Veterans Hill. Everyone missed having it. The layout will still have both trains running and the ability to do some switching. This will allow for visitors to watch trains and for us to do some switching runs.
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The Grand Canyon Club had a long 75 car refer train running. Powered by 4 cab forwards throughout the train.