The O-scale train layout project was completed in four steps in 2000:
1. In January, detailed sketches of this hi-rail layout were made; from these sketches, CAD drawings were generated.
2. In April, the upper mountain section of the layout was finished with an operating oval of track for HO-scale trains or trolleys.
3. On May 19th, the plywood space frame (for the main section) was completed and was subsequently painted. All bridges and viaducts were scratch-built and installed the following week. By June 3rd, all O-gauge track (Gargraves Phantom Rail) was laid and ballasted with ground rubber ballast.
By June 30th, all tunnels, stone retaining walls, city streets and sidewalks were completed. All of the grass and ground cover work was completed by the end of July.
4. On August 18th, the under-platform train wiring (from track to the transformers) was completed. All of the trees and other decorative accessories were placed the following week.
All lights, accessories, lighted billboards, crossing signals, bells and accessories were installed and wired up during the same period. The layout was completed on August 26, 2000.
"Tests" of all operating components were conducted by my (then) three-and-one-half year-old grandson, who supervised and approved everything about the trains and this layout. By 2012, he was taller than the tip of the mountain - and taller than me: