Legoville Jct. Train Layout (May 2008) . This page chronicles my first truly 'modern' LEGO train layout. It existed from September 17, 2007 to January 8, 2009. It was eventually torn down to make way for my current layout, Westwood City. . NOTE: I rewrote and re-posted this page on November 21, 2010.
Total Number of Bricks: 23,700 (Estimate)
Total Number of Construction Hours: 110 to 130 (Estimate)
Total number of Minifigs: 79 (as of May 2008)
Total Number of Buildings: 17
Oldest Building: Roenick's Bar & Grill (Early 2001)
Newest Building: Legoville Cinema (Early 2008)
Completion Date: September 17, 2007
Demolition Date: January 8, 2009
In July of 2007, I decided to tear down my airport display and build a conventional LEGO train layout. While I was pleased with how the airport turned out, I disliked its point-to-point 9-volt main line. If anything, I wanted to build a display that included a loop of track.
Legoville Junction was formally finished on September 17, 2007. However, I quickly became dissatisfied with its overall look. A number of makeshift buildings were modified and/or scrapped over the next two months.
On April 6, 2008, I began to place grass stems in the fields surrounding the town. While this was initially done on an experimental basis, I ultimately decided that I liked the effect. I ultimately purchased nearly two thousand more stems from the LEGO store. By April 17, the layout's entire surface area was covered with them.
These pictures were taken roughly one month after the addition of the plant stems. Ultimately, the use of plant stems as grass has become one of my signature building techniques.
While I was largely satisfied with Legoville's appearance by this time, I came to strongly dislike its track plan. The layout's use of two (extremely tight) horseshoe curves greatly hampered my ability to run long trains smoothly. By December of 2008, I decided that I was ready to replace the layout in its entirety. Legoville had provided me a fair amount of entertainment, but its time had clearly come.
I tore Legoville Junction down on January 8, 2009. Its replacement, Westwood City, would be nearly three times as large.
Here is a birds-eye view of the entire layout. All told, Legoville Junction was comprised of 23,700 bricks and covered fifty-four total baseplates. At the time of its completion, it was nearly twice as large (in terms of the number of bricks used) than any other display that I had ever built.
The personal records that this layout set, while impressive for their time, were all shattered by Westwood City in 2009.
Here is a view down Thornton Avenue. The roadway, named for San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton, served as the town's main connection to the outside world.
Here is a view of the area surrounding Marleau Road. The road, like Thornton Avenue, is named for a San Jose Sharks player.
A BNSF coal train rumbles towards the Thornton Avenue crossing (and the camera) on a Wednesday afternoon. The train is ultimately headed towards Port Brickton,, where the coal will be loaded onto ships and exported.
This picture gives an eye-level view of Marleau Road. The trees in the median were added shortly before this picture was taken.
Horses graze in the field behind the Legoville Junction General Hospital. The proximity of such a field to the town's downtown area illustrates just how small Legoville Junction really is.
In this picture, we get another overview of the town's layout. The downtown area is located to the upper-right of the photo.
In this picture we get an aerial view of central Legoville. Legoville Junction is located on the BNSF Westwood Subdivision. As you might notice, I named my next layout after the subdivision.
Looking to the south, we see Legoville's commercial district. Included in the picture is the town's only gas station.
Finally, we have a view of the town's western half. This picture was taken from the top of the roundhouse. My apologies for the blurriness...
Thank you for visiting this page. As always, you are encouraged to comment in the area directly below. This display was torn down almost two years ago, but I would still love some additional feedback on it.