Bronx Terminal Virtual Model

Work in progress.

click on image for larger version…..


I really don’t want to make the Bronx Terminal layout in sections, but I have no choice if I want to have it portable and it fit into our van. I considered renting a truck every time I decide to take it to a show, but that would be expensive and rough on the layout as those U-Haul pieces of crap are not the smoothest way to travel. To that end, I had little choice but to build it sectional, which dramatically adds to the complexity of the design on a layout of this very odd shape.

I am going to do all the design in 3D as this will allow me to ensure the sections and benchwork will line up properly. The top of the layout is in 3 pieces, the structure below it will be a single section with fold down legs.

The rendering above is a work in progress with much detail yet to be added, such as the fascia around the front of the layout and some of the support pieces below. I thought I would post the rendering to get a sense of the size of the finished display.


About the Author:

I'm your host, Tim Warris, a product developer in Port Dover, Ontario. Since March of 2007 I have been documenting the construction of the former CNJ Bronx Terminal in HO scale. For my day job, I design track building tools for Fast Tracks, a small company I own and operate. Fast Tracks makes it fast and easy to hand lay your own trackwork. Stop by our website to learn more!

Posted by: Tim | 02-27-2008 | 11:02 AM
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  1. Tim, does the figure represent whats left of you? Bald and blind and featureless….

    I like the diagram.

    Comment by Kurt — March 5, 2008 @ 10:36 am
  2. Tim, this website is fantastic. I have admired your work ever since the Port Kelsey article a while back, I am in the process of HO modeling a carfloat switching layout roughly based on the Cape Charles ferry near my home in Chesapeake, Va. I use it as the feed process for bringing cars on and off the layout to make things interesting and fun. I don’t go for prototype, just what looks and feels right for my layout.’

    I would like to commend you for your level of excellence in your work, and , from your website, I think most aspects of your life. I think you are one of the people in this hobby that will continue to keep it exciting and fresh as well as take it to higher levels of excellence. All your work is extremely well done.



    P.S. Loved the video from ’42

    Comment by Rick Anthony — April 16, 2008 @ 9:40 pm

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