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Trackers member and Treasurer Donald Bennett has been building an extensive O gauge layout in his home. His layout is multi level, generally consisting of large sheets of plywood with accessibility under each sheet.

Working by himself, the challenge arose as to how to handle the sheets after laying out the track plan, with the ballast and track in place Utilizing a mechanics engine hoist solved the lifting problem.

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Utilizing a mechanics engine hoist solved the lifting problem. Each section to be worked on is unbolted and then raised up.
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Then the section is turned upside down. This make the installation of the switch machines and subsequent track wiring very easy. Don and a helper are shown turning the section upside down and placing it on tall saw horses. The tall saw horses save a lot of back pain.
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Don is now able to get down to the basics of wiring. Don makes his own switch machines in his shop. Their installation and subsequent wiring becomes an easy task.

This is what it looks like a couple of days later. Remember, this is just one of many sections.

When he is ready, the lifting process is reversed and the section is bolted back in place. Then the wires are connected to the adjacent sections. All the wiring is color coded and lead back to the control panel. The engine hoist is a valuable help mate on Don's layout.
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