Layout Update 07-17-17
  Finishing the Phase 2 benchwork.
    This will give us a solid deck to start laying out the tracks for Bethlehem Steel all around the blast furnaces.
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Mike, Jimmy and Ben are putting the caps on the Phase 2 box frames.
Ben is learning benchwork construction for the first time. I think he enjoyed it. This layout is a little bigger than his N-Gauge home layout.
The benchwork is ready for the risers to support the plywood deck
We had a good turnout for InfoAge's Veterans and Armed Forces Appreciation Day
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The risers to support the Bethlehem Steel side of the box frame are being installed. These will support the plywood deck. There’s also a 2 inch notch in the foreground to allow the Lehigh River to sit below the tracks.
Ready for the plywood decking.
The risers are set 3/4 of an inch above the temporary loop for a grade change on the layout.
Mike and his friend Darren start the tedious process of leveling and installing the plywood deck. Since Bethlehem Steel is mostly yards and switching leads, we opted to just put a solid deck under the area.
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Mike is biscuting and squeezing the plywood sheets together to make a nice smooth continuous surface.
Putting the biscuits on the next piece of plywood deck.
Darren is making sure the plywood surface is level. They go back and adjust any risers to keep the plywood even.
The final sheet for this section of the benchwork is installed. The next section needs to go through a wall that hasn’t been opened up yet, so this is where we’ll end the track for now.
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The Bethlehem Steel blast furnaces from our previous Asbury Park layout make an appearance. We put temporary track in front of them to see how things will lay out.
This is the plan for the blast furnace section of the layout. We’ll ultimately have 3 of the 5 blast furnaces that were in Beth Steel.
Mike and Jules are checking to see if the spacing of the building and tracks is looking like their pictures of the plant.
More pieces of the complex are coming out of the storage bins and onto the layout. Well its only temporary to see how the building will fit the area.

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