Packing,
moving &
then rebuilding
the layout in  
Washington
State
It's a work in progress and it's going to be a lot smaller. But I've managed to fit most of my
favorite buildings on it's 4 (at its very widest) by 14 foot top. I saved one section of my old
layout, with lots of paving and sidewalks and space for the structures, and carefully packed it
for moving (
top photos). Then I built trapazoidal benchwork and made the top roughly
boomerang shaped. A river or Arroyo divides the layout into two parts, so I could use some
bridges. I had to redo the far left side of the part I saved since it formerly disappeared into a
tunnel as it continued around the layout but now dies out in some tunnel-like loading docks.
(
at right), one of which is modeled after the Mission Furniture Co. in downtown LA.

Below, you can see how it turned out or go to how it looks now (October, 2012)
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I moved my great uncle's sheet metal
shop (
above, right) from downtown
San Francisco to downtown Los
Angeles, right near City Hall in fact,
and just behind it is Mission Furniture's
loading dock. The covered dock
belongs to a food warehouse.
I also moved Dayton Ave. Tower (
at
right
) from near the LA River to near
the arroyo. Two bridges will span it.
The SW-1 is moving a war emergency
caboose, which is just about to be
phased out as new cabooses arrive.
Interestingly, the city also moved the
cast concrete tower to a new location,
as impossible as that might sound.
Screwing on a piece of cheap
mahogany ply to protect the top.