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My Train Layouts, 2000 to 2010
On July 18, 2000, I began building Lego Train Layouts.
About this creation
1) Legoville (Version I):

Completion Date: July 18, 2000
Teardown Date: August 27, 2000
Number of Bricks: 1,378
Number of Square Baseplates: N/A

All journeys have a starting point, and mine is no exception. In this case, the starting point was a highly inauspicious one: the floor of my bedroom. It was here that I set up, over the course of two afternoons, my first large LEGO train display. Lacking a truly inspired name, I bestowed upon it the moniker of 'Legoville'. Today, it is known to me as 'Legoville I'.

Legoville I, for all of its personal importance, was little more than a cluster of small buildings encircled by a loop of track. While it was pathetic by current standards, it inspired me to build the increasingly large and complex layouts that are featured on this page. While the layout itself was torn apart before summer's end, its legacy continues on.

As you can see, I didn't bother to take any pictures of this layout. Given its decidedly poor quality, this may actually be a good thing.
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2) Legoville (Version II):

Completion Date: November 28, 2001
Teardown Date: June 6, 2002
Number of Bricks: 7,828
Number of Square Baseplates: 18.00

Legoville II came into being about a year after the demise of Legoville I. Although highly flawed, Legoville II was a massive improvement over Legoville I. For one, it was the first of my layouts to be built upon dedicated tables. These tables' surfaces, in turn, were entirely covered by baseplates (another first). The layout itself took the form of a town surrounded by a loop of track. Unlike its predecessor, Legoville II was large enough to fill the entire display. All of these elements would come into play on future layouts.

Despite these advances, I was still dissatisfied with Legoville II's general lack of realism. I sought to remedy this problem while working on my next layout, Sand Beach. As you will see, I was met with only minor success.

While no pictures of Legoville II survive, I was able to construct a track diagram representing its basic structure (the first of eight such diagrams featured on this page). It is located directly below...


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3) Sand Beach:

Completion Date: September 27, 2002
Teardown Date: March 26, 2003
Number of Bricks: 13,878
Number of Square Baseplates: 36.00



My third layout, Sand Beach, was a 'breakthrough' of sorts for me. The layout, for one, was fully twice as large as its immediate predecessor. It featured a fully scenicked beach, a high-rise commercial sector, an elevated railway, a sizeable residential district, and a university (which provided a not-so-clever excuse for me to display my Hogwarts Castle). While Sand Beach suffered from the same lack of realism that plagued its two predecessors, it helped me further develop and refine my building techniques. Many of these techniques would come into play on future layouts.

Sand Beach is the first layout that I bothered to take pictures of. I have an entire page dedicated to its construction here on MOCPages; I encourage you to check the page out if you are interested. In the meantime, here is another track schematic...


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4) Placerville (Version I):

Completion Date: April 17, 2003
Teardown Date: August 26, 2003
Number of Bricks: 14,973
Number of Square Baseplates: 36.00

Placerville I, my fourth layout, warrants only a footnote in my history of layout building. It was, in effect, no more than a modified version of the Sand Beach Layout. Placerville I may have had more of a small-town feel (it lacked the elevated railway and rediculously tall 'Silver Spire' building), but it still bore a definite resemblance to Sand Beach. It still lasted for over four months on its own. As usual, the track plan is directly below...


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5) Placerville (Version II):

Completion Date: September 6, 2003
Teardown Date: July 24, 2004
Number of Bricks: 12,971
Number of Square Baseplates: 36.00

Placerville II, surprisingly, is only loosely related to Placerville I. While the first Placerville featured nothing but city, Version II featured a huge rural scene towards the rear. This rural expanse was surrounded by a relatively small loop of track. In effect, Placerville II was the first of my layouts to feature a large expanse of empty space. It certainly wouldn't be the last to do so.

Once again, I didn't bother to take any pictures of this layout. As always, though, I have a track schematic to fill in the blanks...


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6) San Portillo:

Completion Date: July 29, 2004
Teardown Date: June 16, 2005
Number of Bricks: 13,242
Number of Baseplates: 36.00

San Portillo was probably the most underwhelming of my layout projects. The layout, once again, featured a small town surrounded by a loop of track. While San Portillo was the first of my layouts to exhibit any level of realism, I soon became bored with the project and effectively abandoned it. The layout was never completed, and it became little more than a storage area for my excess Lego bricks during the first half of 2005. It was torn down over the course of forty-five minutes on the afternoon of June 16, 2005, to make way for what would ultimately become Legoville International Airport.
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7) Legoville International Airport:

Completion Date: July 11, 2005
Teardown Date: August 8, 2007
Number of Bricks: 11,851
Number of Square Baseplates: 54.00



Legoville International Airport was, at the time, the largest layout that I had ever built. It boasted a surface area of fifty-four square baseplates, making it 50% larger than its immediate predecessor. It is also notable for being my only layout(to date) to feature a double track, point to point main line. The Airport featured a working monorail, a large terminal building, and my best rural scenery to date. Overall, this display would last longer than any of my others, as it would spend over two years in its original form.
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8) Legoville Junction:

Completion Date: September 17, 2007
Teardown Date: January 8, 2009
Number of Bricks: 24,168
Number of Square Baseplates: 54.00



Legoville Junction was the first layout of mine to live up to 'modern' detail standards. Nearly all of the buildings were realistic in nature, and my widespread use of plant stems to simulate grass greatly increased the layout's surface detail. The layout's style is almost identical to that of its successor, Westwood City.

Legoville Junction is also notable for being my debut MOC on MOCPages. It was well recieved and remains one of my most popular MOCs. I suggest that you check it out.


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9) Westwood City (Vesrion I):

Completion Date: June 26, 2009
Teardown Date: October 18, 2010
Number of Bricks: 44,781
Number of Square Baseplates: 131.50



Westwood City is, without a doubt, the best layout that I have ever constructed. It was built during the first half of 2009, with the so-called 'Golden Spike' being driven in on June 26th of that year. With a surface area of 131.50 square baseplates, it is more than twice the size of its immediate predecessor, Legoville Junction. The layout features 0.25 scale miles of main line run, a passing siding, and a maintenence yard, among with numerous other features.

Westwood is thought to be one of the only permanent Lego Train Layouts in the United States. I'm not positive, but it seems to me that there are only one or two dozen of these kinds of layouts in the country. I plan to keep this layout fully operational until at least 2011.


As you can see in the above schematic, Westwood City is easily the largest and most complex of my train layouts.



Comments

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  November 18, 2010
i love the progression!,excellent!
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  February 4, 2010
Love the street name sign.Did you print them yourself?
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  January 18, 2010
I love the last picture of the flower stems in the field. I never thought of that. It looks good.
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  January 13, 2010
AWSOME!!!!!
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  January 9, 2010
WOW this is fascinating, really huge, it certainly needs more comments ;)
 
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