Fairfax Station Railroad Museum Labor Day Train Show 9-5-16

 An F40PH leads a passenger train over an arched bridge on my Lego train layout at the FSRM Labor Day train show.

An F40PH leads a passenger train over an arched bridge on my Lego train layout at the FSRM Labor Day train show.

After my stellar visit to the Virginia Museum of Transportation on Saturday, September 3rd, the remainder of my three-day weekend was filled with the annual Labor Day model train show at the Fairfax Station Railroad Museum. I try to build a little something different for every display, and for this show I decided on a causeway section. I was using four 2.5'x6' folding tables, so I raised three of them with bricks under the legs (note: a fellow modeler recommended sections of 2x4 instead of bricks for light transportation) which meant that the "water" table was six bricks and one plate below the "land" tables. I also opted for a slight grade into a banked curve summit, for a building challenge to myself. The trains handled the grade and curve very well, and I experienced zero derailments or other technical issues from adding a hill into the layout. Using the road plates from set #6600 "Highway Construction," my bridge did not extend all the way to the wall, so I borrowed a joke from a modeler friend, as can be seen in the pictures. A gas station and fire station rounded out the "town" section of the layout, with the gas station sitting on a terraced fill over the water table. This show also marked the final run of my colorblock covered hopper train, most of the cars were scrapped after the show. This was also the first show where I displayed links to my website! So, thanks to all who have visited, please enjoy the pictures and video: