Custom Model Railroad Benchwork


Solid benchwork is the foundation upon which a great model railroad is built. My goal is to custom build your benchwork with the attention and craftsmanship necessary for smooth train operation, ease of set up and durability. Whether your custom layout calls for a basic portable four leg table, a complex multi-deck configuration, or a shelf layout, I can offer any most any style or level of custom work.



My "Purpose Built" freestanding custom model railroad table is built flat but it's ideal for utilizing a "cookie cutter" style sub-terrain plan to adjust elevations as needed. As shown, this medium grade pine 4'x8' model railroad table features removable legs with felt bottom levelers, 48" high 1/2" top-side sanded plywood surface, control system shelf and power strip. It's very solid benchwork and customizable.



Here is a version of my basic "Purpose Built" benchwork being utilized that's demonstrating how the different sub-terrain levels are necessary to accommodate features such bridges, roads and water ways on the The Poco Grande N Scale project.



The Weber Canyon layout's bare bone benchwork was built on 8 individual tables and was built to easily be dismantled, transported, then re-assembled in only a few hours.



Weber Canyon layout with all track laid, sub terrain support and backdrops installed. Note the rectangular windows cut into the backdrops on the left. That side of the layout's track was hidden under the mountain. The windows allowed easy access to the tracks from outside the layout.



These staging ramps that are to be concealed under the scenery, allow trains to depart and arrive from the lower hidden staging lever on the Donner Summit layout. They also allowed for continuous running train operation.



The Parker Subdivision layout's open grid benchwork was cut to fit the space, but was also built to be a freestanding layout with legs should it ever need to be moved. There were only minor track elevation changes planned but the terrain would need to have different elevations both above and below. The benchwork needed to accommodate these scenic elements. What you see here is the primary benchwork framing that will support the lowest planned terrain feature as well as the risers for the higher terrain and track roadbed. The backdrop on the left wall needed bumped out from the wall to make room for a door. The other walls did not need this modification. The backdrops all received a base coat of sky blue.


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