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Magnificent Month of March… in process!!

Wowzers! What a Month of March it IS!!

Started the month off installing the Carter RR here in Plano, Texas, next up a custom TWX Layout relocation for a Traintastic customer doing some downsizing in Chattanooga, Tennessee, finishing up this week with a massive installation of a 40′ layout setting up in the basement of a Pennsylvania residence and next week, Traingineers will be off to Chicago for a dismantle of a TWX custom layout done in 2009 = WOWZERS πŸ™‚

Round of applause to our amazing Traingineers for their focus and incredible accomplishments – Chief Traingineer, Roger Farkash and I are Extremely proud of our Traingineer Crew; Mike Reagan, George Watson, Mike Ellis, Garrett Broyles, Eugene Kollman, Nick Ellis, Eric Rodriguez, Ethan Tait, and offsite helpers; Joe and Alex πŸ™‚ Special Shout Out to keeping us all going (my brother from another mother) Paul Munger, and Judy Ellis!

Reagan started this week off in Tennessee and jetted to Pennsylvania Wednesday, where he joined the PA Installation crew to assist finalizing installation and when he gets back to North Carolina, he’ll get back to fabricating another residential layout he designed for a Traintastic Customer in Rhode Island!! Back here in our McGowan St. Studio, we’re finishing up some Denver Union Station models, fabricating a custom table base and top for the Lanzer family, fabricating some modular layout pieces for our dear friend and customer here in Houston, and starting on a custom wooden RR for a Pediatrician’s Office in Maryland πŸ™‚ Didn’t even mention all the design proposals ready to close, and have closed for the new wave of custom layouts getting ready for Fabrication to Commence next month in April – Whew! We’re having SOME FUN NOW πŸ™‚Β 

Love sharing pictures… enjoy!

Happy Tracks!

TrainDame aka Dorcie
TW TrainWorx
Dallas,TX|Concord,NC|USA

(214) 634-2965
http://www.trainworxlayouts.com
http://www.twtrainworx.com
http://www.twtrainworxstore.com

 

 
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Posted by on March 22, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

Missouri… Rhode Island… North Carolina…

And why do you think TrainDame is spot-lighting those three states in particular???

Crazy excited to share with all my Trainiac friends that TW TrainWorx is now – – – wait for it – – – Booked for 2019! What????? I know, crazy cool right??? Make that down right Traintastic.

It is such a blessing to be serving this toy train niche with our customers, both residential and commercial, that participate in some highly creative collaboration with us in order to realize their train layout experience. Well I am super excited to share that two of three projects are for commercial customers and that means YOU aka the PUBLIC can experience this Holiday Season!!

First up, Missouri… our Creative Director, Roger Farkash, is the lead designer on a layout for a new, TRAIN themed children’s museum that will be opening in Kansas City Union Station’s Science City Museum!!!

Moving on to Rhode Island, our East Coast Director, Mike Reagan, is the lead designer for a residential client and this layout will be built in Reagan’s Concord studio for delivery to Rhode Island in August!!

Thirdly… Traingineers will be fabricating a commercial layout that will be featured in the lobby of a Charlotte skyscraper and installed right after Thanksgiving!!

Had to share our three newest customers and also share that this is the first time we’ll be installing a TW TrainWorx Layout in; Missouri, Rhode island, and now North Carolina! Zippity Do Da Day… TrainDame is pumped like diesel πŸ™‚

Back here at home in Big D the Traingineers are installing the Carter Family RR in North Texas. They started yesterday and will be finishing up mid-week. I thought you’d enjoy seeing some of the installation pictures, Enjoy!

Happy Tracks!

TrainDame aka Dorcie Farkash
TW TrainWorx
(214)634-2965

http://www.trainworxlayouts.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on March 5, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

Happy New Year – 2019

Day 1 in the New Year and this TrainDame is looking at what promises to be a very adventurous year ahead! So much to be grateful for!!! First and foremost; all of our Traintastic Customers, Trainiac Friends, and all the Traingineers that pour their talents into each of the amazing residential and commercial TW TrainWorx Custom Train Layouts produced in 2018!

2018 was a monumental record breaker for us; we designed/fabricated/installed over twenty two custom layouts from Santa Fe, New Mexico to Windsor, Canada and I’ve got some exciting news to share. TW TrainWorx was awarded two Commercial Layout contracts – those being: The Kansas City Union Station Museum is creating a trained themed children’s museum in their existing, Science City – Science Center and both Roger Farkash and Mike Reagan completed the site survey last month. Next up is going to be a custom Holiday layout for the lobby of a skyscraper in Charlotte, NC that we must thank our dear friends at Lionel for recommending us to the firm; Roger’s and Gala whom we’ll be working closely with to produce this train layout.

The first quarter 2019 design calendar for Chief Traingineer, Roger Farkash is… FULL and the second quarter has only TWO spots left as we had the most ever sign-offs for new design/fabrication in December that was indeed a wonderful gift to close out our 2018 year.

This weekend, Saturday, January 5th – TW TrainWorx will be attending the TCA Houston Show that opens at 8:30 am – one day only – here is more information for you: Lone Star Division MeetΒ We’d love to see you and make some Traintastic Memories πŸ™‚

Thanks for stopping by and please feel free to shop till you drop at our online store: http://www.twtrainworxstore.com.

Wishing everyone a Traintastically Blessed, Healthy, Happy NEW YEAR!!

Happy Tracks!

TrainDame aka Dorcie Farkash
TW TrainWorx
Dallas, TX | Concord, NC | USA
(214) 634-2965
http://www.trainworxlayouts.com
http://www.twtrainworx.com
dorcie@traindame.com

 

 
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Posted by on January 1, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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The most wonderful time of the year!

Roger and I are truly blessed to celebrate T W Design/TrainWorx 36th Corporate Anniversary this past Saturday, December 1st – what a way to start off the month aka…. the most wonderful time of the year πŸ™‚

2018 has been extraordinary for TW TrainWorx, collaborating with some of the most amazing folks… our Totally Terrific Traintastic Customers! One of my all time favorite things is hearing from customers and how their experience with TW TrainWorx and the Traingineers has wonderfully impacted their lives… that’s what it’s all about and the mission set out, some 36 years ago by our founder, and kid at heart, Roger Farkash.

This past Monday, a local CBS Affiliate aired the below interview with Roger about his creative contribution to the Trains at NorthPark Event that the TW TrainWorx Traingineers have been involved with since 2010.

Enjoy!

In 2016 Roger designed a 1300 plus square foot display for the Houston Museum of Natural Science… TRAINS OVER TEXAS and they shared some recent publicity about the success that display is also receiving. Here is the link to read the article:Β Trains Over Texas and below is a FACEBOOK LIVE Video with Glen Rosenbaum giving an up close and personal grand tour! Heads up… this was a LIVE Video and unfortunately the last minute or so there is no sound but still a wonderful treat to see!

Happy Tracks!

TrainDame aka Dorcie Farkash
TW TrainWorx
(214) 634-2965
Dallas, TX | Concord, NC | USA

http://www.thetrainsatnorthpark.com

http://www.trainworxlayouts.com
http://www.twtrainworxstore.com

 
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Posted by on December 5, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Make A Wish for ANGEL

What a whirlwind of week! TrainDame along with the Traingineers headed out on Monday to Amarillo, Texas to meet up with our Make A Wish Program Director, Lilly Walker at Angel’s house. Once we arrived, Traingineers; Roger, Mike Ellis, and George went to work transforming Angel’s bedroom into a BNSF Model RR themed room complete with fold up layout, custom BNSF headboard with custom bed frame resembling a BNSF Flat Car and of course running trains!!

I’ve got to hand it to Roger, there was a change he had to deal with upon arrival in that the room he’d originally designed our custom pieces for was not the room where Angel’s family ended up! Little things like dealing with windows that weren’t in original design (less wall space) and a 3 inch gas line that had been capped sticking out of the wall where an inch was not available to spare… he amazed me, with Mike Ellis’s carpentry wizardry they drilled a hole in the shelving unit to accommodate the pipe in order to have the shelf/layout flush to the wall, shifted the dresser and made it all work much to Angel’s delight!

Here are pictures of the pieces being worked on in our studio and the visit from Angel’s family when they came to see the progress:

And these were taken during Monday’s installation and then reveal πŸ™‚

What is Totally Traintastic about Angel’s RR Bedroom is his flatcar bed frame is on casters and once the layout is folded up into the wall, his bed glides right in underneath the BNSF head board… Crazy cool right??

Happy Tracks!

TrainDame aka Dorcie Farkash
TW TrainWorx
Dallas, TX | Concord, NC USA
(214) 634-2965
http://www.twtrainworx.com
http://www.twtrainworxstore.com

 
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Posted by on October 26, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

Trains, Aircraft Carrier… and a SUBMARINE??

The TW TrainWorx Traingineers are having a Traintastic time on one of our six custom layouts currently “Under Construction” in our Dallas, TX –Β  McGowan Street Studio!

Chief Traingineer, Roger Farkash, has really pulled out all the wheel stops on this design πŸ™‚ This custom residential layout will be installed in the Hill Country of Texas for a couple that had some Traintastic “Wants” as well as requirements for their 285 square foot custom layout. Sometimes I never know exactly what Roger’s creative mind is going to “come up with” as was the case when Monday I saw an odd looking shape being formed and asked…what’s this? Roger replied, it’s going to be an AIRCRAFT CARRIER! Really… do you know how HUMONGOUS those are??

Fun story, Roger went online in search of a GI Joe Aircraft Carrier to find it is indeed out there, but the ones that are; in the box, mint condition, never been opened, blah/blah/blah cost a mere…. (wait for it)

$15,000.00 B notes (as Reagan would say). So, that being out of the question, Roger thought to himself…”surely I can find pieces of the carrier and in particular the bow and then add on to make a mock up that will dock nicely in the San Diego area of the layout! And he was off to the races! Check it out:

So on the other end of this layout is another harbor with a GI Joe modified Submarine!

**Traingineer Ellis (another Mike) in the picture above is about to wrap the submarine in plastic and put it back on the layout so Roger can then Sculpty-Mold some waves… of course!

Traintastic fun continues πŸ™‚

Happy Tracks!

TrainDame aka Dorcie Farkash
TW TrainWorx
Dallas, TX | Concord, NC USA
(214) 634-2965

http://www.trainworxlayouts.com
http://www.twtrainworxstore.com
http://www.twtrainworx.com

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on October 4, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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CHALLENGE… Traingineers, can you BUILD AN ENGINE??

What???… “I don’t think so!”
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Oh yours truly of little faith – I must admit my first reaction when Chief Traingineer, Roger Farkash and Traingineer, Roy McClellan told me about the New York Historical Societies request was – NO WAY – not in our wheelhouse!
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Doubting TrainDame learns another lesson about the incredibly Traintastic skills and ingenuity of our Traingineers!!! I asked Roy to give me a helping hand and relay exactly what it is that was accomplished and made our client – The New York Historical Society absolutely giddy with delight! In Roy’s words…
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In the early part of the 20th century, the manufacturers of toy trains designed and sold colorful tinplate interpretations of locomotives and rolling stock. In most cases these whimsical creations had out-sized features and omitted critical elements, yet the overall effect was satisfying to the eye. As an example the Lionel Standard Gauge 400E:
was intended to represent the New York Central railroad’s mighty 4-6-4 Hudson, yet the actual toy was a 4-4-4 wheel arrangement with an out-sized boiler, compressed cab, bright glossy colors (in addition to glossy black), over-sized drive wheels, basic piping (nickel or copper plated!), and a Vanderbilt tender!
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In that tradition, TW TrainWorx was selected and contracted to design and build a standard gauge tinplate interpretation of a British Great Western Railways (GWR) Hall Class (4-6-0 US Whyte style classification or 2-3-0 European style of counting axles vs wheels) locomotive. Utilizing and modifying certain components from a modern era 400E (modified frame, modified front pony truck, cylinder casting, modified piping, modified stack, side rods, drive rods, can motor with stainless steel drive wheels), a 392 tender (shell, top casting), and reproduction Lionel #33 wheels, TW TrainWorx presents the GWR 2-3-0 locomotive.
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Many parts were modified from existing parts as noted above, custom designed, fabricated, and/or machined, such as the boiler/smoke box/firebox assembly, cab assembly, third driver axle carrier (with ball bearings), side rods for three axles, steam dome, stack ornamental top, front buffers, pilot lanterns/headlamp, smoke-box door locks, three axle tender frame (with ball bearings), tender top, tender upper side rails, tender water and access hatches to name a few. Over 100 custom machined parts combined with a beautiful paint scheme using the latest in automotive urethane paints from the TW TrainWorx paint shop comprise this one-of-kind legacy piece.
We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
Happy Tracks!
TrainDame aka Dorcie Farkash
TW TrainWorx
Dallas, TX | Concord, NC USA
(214) 634-2965
 
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Posted by on September 28, 2018 in Uncategorized