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Untitled Dennis Back's Layout

This is the "Little Miami (Florida) Railroad" named after I found an old stock certificate from the Little Miami Railroad of Ohio. 

The layout began in February 1998, and I am still working on it.  My trains had not been up since 1986 and I wanted my two teenage daughters (13 & 14 years old) to see them again. The trains are now permanent in what was once called the "dining room."  We never ate in there anyway! 
The 7'x'11' layout is 41 inches high.  The plywood top was covered with green indoor/outdoor carpeting. I used 1/4" sheet cork, hand cutting it with a beveled edge for a ballast base.  This was covered with Durasorb brand absorbent granules used in auto shop floor clean-ups. 

The granules were sifted (large pieces were discarded) and spray painted various shades for the different tracks. A 50/50 mix of water and Elmer's glue bonded the tinted ballast to the cork. 
The layout uses original AF track except for the center track which uses American Models flex track for a Putt Trains trolley due to the
small radius.
I am an accessory nut...and the layout was built for the accessories.  The engines are there only to move the cars from one accessory to

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