Personally, I’ve never; been to the North Pole, visited Santa’s Workshop, petted any of Santa’s Reindeer, ridden over rooftops in Santa’s Sleigh, been elbow to elbow with all the elves BUT I bet it’s pretty darn close to what I get to experience up close and personal – right here this time of year, inside the McGowan Street Studio! With all the Holiday Activity going on for the TW TrainWorx Traingineers it’s truly crazy to see SO much Terrifically Traintastic layouts being; wired up, touched up, started up, finished up, designed, and/or installed all over this great country of ours… Makes this TrainDame’s head spin 🙂
Our Traingineer-ette, Judy just created a list of TW TrainWorx Holiday Train Display’s that YOU… yes YOU, can see and experience throughout the Holiday Season. Proud to present Six of our commercial custom layouts that YOU must be sure to add to YOUR Holiday Event Plans:
Ho Ho Ho and Merry Christmas ya’ll – from deep in the heart of Texas 🙂
Are we having some FUN NOW!!! I’m diving in and all on board to present to YOU the Very First… Talking Trains with TrainDame recording titled: “Reagan – Wiring Nightmare”.
Last week, TW TrainWorx East Coast Director, Mike Reagan aka Reagan flew to Houston from NC to perform some “switch repair work” for one of our Traintastic Customers who unfortunately had his layout done by a “hobbyist”
(not knocking hobbyist, just stating a fact) and switches were not working.
First thing Monday morning Reagan sent us these pictures showing underneath table work environment:
And that is my lead in to the First Ever Episode of Talking Trains with TrainDame and YOU can listen in to my conversation with Reagan, NOW by clicking on this link: Worst Nightmare
That’s right Trainiac Friends, August 30th, 2019 marked four decades that TrainDame and Chief Traingineer, Roger Farkash, have been married!!
Wowzers right? What do you do to celebrate such a momentous occasion?? Easy Peezy, decide to go off the radar for a long weekend! First off, we headed back to the Loretto Chapel in Santa Fe, New Mexico where we were blessed to say our wedding vows, then headed on up to the High Timber Family Ranch just South East of Chama, NM with our ENTIRE family and top off the weekend with a ride on the Cumbres/Toltec Steam Train!! Such an amazing time we had and we especially cherished being able to share the adventure with our four grandchildren; Deacon age five (almost), Ford age four, Wade age three, and Lilly age two. We all had too much CRAZY fun I tell ya!!! Ha… and don’t you know, there was a TRAIN SHOW in Santa Fe to boot and we ran into one of our Traintastic customers – Henry Day!!
If you’d told me some forty years ago that Roger would start a company in 1982 (same year our son was born) the very next year give birth to our daughter, two years later I would go to work with Roger, then in 2008 we’d create a new division of TW Design… TW TrainWorx – same year create an alter persona TrainDame, have commercial Train Layouts in; Dallas, Houston, New York City, Pittsburgh, and coming soon to Charlotte and Kansas City PLUS residential Train Layouts spread coast to coast throughout the USA and CANADA – well I would’ve told you, “WHAT, ARE YOU CRAZY – NO WAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!” … Well, WAY 🙂
Sharing the photo fun of our 40th Wedding Anniversary Adventure… All A Board!
Cheers to my Trainiac friends! Is it just me or are you too finding it hard to believe we’re almost to the half way mark of August and already it’s BACK TO SCHOOL! Jeesh – I’m a believer… the older you get, the faster (as in WARP SPEED) time goes by!
The Traingineer’s Summer of 2019 has been the absolute Traintastical best time with over sixteen different projects requiring their extraordinary skills to bring to life Traintastically Incredible; designs, layouts, and models! I made a list and broke it down as follows:
Out of the 16 Projects we have in our Dallas/Concord Studios: 9 are for returning Top Traintastic Customers and 7 are prime time New Traintastic Customers! Out of the 7 new customers, four are for Commercial Layouts and the other three will be Rocking Residential Layouts.
Our East Coast Director, Mike Reagan, is heading up one of our largest residential layouts being fabricated now in Concord. Roger was up over the past weekend putting his Creative Director touches on and carving up a storm and this week, Traingineers Ethan is helping out to get ready for Traingineer Eugene who will be leaving Saturday from Dallas to assist with the dismantle and making ready the trucks for delivery in Rhode Island the week of August 19th!
Truly CRAZY FUN I TELL YOU!!! I’m so proud of all the Traingineers – feel truly blessed to be able to share their talents and adventures with YOU. Nough said – pictures, pictures, you want pictures 🙂 Enjoy!
First up, action from Concord, NC:
COMMERCIAL LAYOUTS UNDER CONSTRUCTION RESIDENTIAL LAYOUTS UNDER CONSTRUCTION
Boy oh boy, wouldn’t have believed it had I not seen it myself…and all I can say is that our Magnificent Month of March rolled right into an Amazing April…. Meteoric May… and now almost halfway through a Jamming, Jiving, Jumping June!!! What a spectacular year we are experiencing in 2019!
Ok, let me bring you up to speed on what the TW TrainWorx Traingineers have been up to the last couple of months :).
Well, to start off – we are completely BOOKED for 2019 Layout Design/Fabrication/Installation and NOW booking for first quarter 2020!!! Folks, that is a FIRST for TW TrainWorx…Absolutely Extraordinary!
We are working at full capacity in both our Dallas – McGowan Street Studio and Concord, NC Studio with both commercial and residential layouts.
East Coast Director, Mike Reagan, lead designer, on an over 400 sq. ft. O Gauge custom residential layout installing in Rhode Island end of August is currently UNDER CONSTRUCTION – – – > Let’s let some pictures do the talking:
Turning my focus back to our Dallas, McGowan Street Studio, Traingineers (since March) have completed Design/Fabrication on: 3 – O Gauge residential layouts, 1 Standard Gauge residential layout, 1 Combo O Gauge/Standard Gauge Residential Layout, 1 Commercial Wooden RR layout, Denver Union Station Model, Custom Scranton Electric Building Model, Radio City Music Hall Model, One Time Square Model and traveled to Omaha for the annual Berkshire Hathaway Shareholder’s Meeting, where we set up the Corporate BNSF Layout! Check it out…
Two Traintastically exciting NEW commercial layouts we’re working on now, YOU will be able to see up close and personal IF you are in Charlotte, NC this Holiday Season and/or come first quarter 2020 at the new Train Themed Children’s Museum opening in Kansas City Union Station’s – Science City!!! The centerpiece of this children’s museum layout is going to be our O Scale model of the existing, Kansas City Union Station. Let me share some in process photos with you of both of these custom commercial layouts:
Oh… and another layout for a brand new customer that we started this week for his commercial real estate office lobby during the holidays! We’ve designed the table that will include his Christmas tree – right smack dab in the middle of it!
Ok… I better get this posted before it turns into October!!!! Yee Haw – having some fun now 🙂
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 🙂
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 🙂 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 🙂 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 🙂
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 🙂
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!
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 Meet We’d love to see you and make some Traintastic Memories 🙂
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 🙂
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.
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: 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!
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 🙂
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??