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Introducing… Talking Trains with TrainDame, Ep. 1

Cheers Trainiac Friends!

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 

Happy Tracks!

TrainDame aka Dorcie
TW TrainWorx
(214) 634-2965
Dallas, TX | Concord, NC
www.blog.traindame.com
www.layoutassessment.com

P.S. Don’t forget…

P.P.S Listen to Talking Trains with TrainDame: Episode 1

 

 
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Posted by on October 10, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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What???? Haven’t posted since March???

Cheers Trainiac Friends!

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 🙂

Happy Tracks!

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

http://www.trainworxlayouts.com
http://www.twtrainworxstore.com
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P.S. Just posted TW TrainWorx Office Rule #2 🙂 🙂

 

 
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Posted by on June 14, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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First *5* Star Review of 2018 just arrived!

February 2018 marks our first year Anniversary having Mike Reagan on board serving as the TW TrainWorx East Coast Director and what an absolutely phenomenal year of growth it’s been! All the Traingineers are super stoked to continue focusing on; new product development, custom layout design/fabrication/installation and already Mike’s Layout Assessment bookings for 2018 are filling up!

Last summer, Jim and his wife were in Dallas for a convention and dropped by our Dallas Studio to check us out and after the visit was winding down, I recommended to Jim having Mike Reagan come to his layout, make an assessment and well… read for yourself from this email Mike received January 25, 2018:

What in the world is a Layout Assessment and more importantly, how can YOU get one for YOUR layout? Find out ALL about it right here: TW TrainWorx Layout Assessment

Happy Tracks!

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

P.S. Read more reviews, click here: *5* Star Reviews!

 
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Posted by on January 26, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Process Picture FUN!

**Be inspired… Enjoy… Experience the Art of The Train**

The TW TrainWorx Traingineers are cranking aka working on the RR… Model Railroad that is!

Happy Tracks!

Traindame aka Dorcie Farkash
TW TrainWorx
Dallas, TX | Concord, NC
(214) 634-2965
http://www.trainworxlayouts.com

 

 
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Posted by on June 7, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Five Days until… 5th Annual Layout Festival

**Attention… THIS IS NOT A JOKE!!!

In five days…Saturday, April 1st… at 10:00 am – YOU will want to be at the World Famous… TW TrainWorx 5th Annual Layout Festival! We have over 100 *Traintastic Train Loving People signed up from; Florida, Oklahoma, North Carolina, California, Arizona, Missouri, Louisiana, and of course the Lonestar State of TEXAS, ALL ready and raring to participate in all the Festival Festivities!!!

Our Layout Festival benefits the incredible, wonderful, and amazing organization – The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Dallas and in particular supports the ongoing #1, MAIN fund raiser for the house, The Trains at NorthPark! With part of the proceeds going to benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities, we do charge admission (10/person – $20/family – $5 Students) and this year we are honoring our Veterans with a special $5 ticket price!

TW TrainWorx is a proud sponsor of the Trains at NorthPark and are looking forward to the Ronald McDonald House being represented again this year during our Festival. Please sign up to attend this year’s Layout Festival by clicking this link: 5th Annual Layout Festival Sign Up!

We have a blast opening the TW TrainWorx doors to our 25,000 sq. ft. studio – what an incredible opportunity for YOU to get not only a behind the scenes look at on going TrainWorx projects, but also have the opportunity to rub elbows with the best of the best in the industry! Representatives from the; Lionel Collector’s Club of America, BNSF Police, Lionel Modular Club as well as vendors traveling in from Denver, Houston, East Texas and Missouri will be on hand.

With only *5 days remaining till the Festival, the Traingineers are multi-focused on festival preparations as well as all the projects currently on the studio floor; five residential layouts, sculpture of 7′ figure and 7′ bow, high end furniture pieces, and fabulous diorama for the New York Historical Society and of course Chief Traingineer, Roger Farkash, and our East Coast Director, Mike Reagan, are brainstorming new and Traintastically Wonderful, products and services we can bring to YOU!!

One of our Tip Top Layout Customers was getting a bit concerned that we may be “too busy” to have started on his layout so I put together this video as *Proof* … We Be JAMMING!! Enjoy : )

Happy Tracks!

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

P.S. Please remember to “CHECK IN” on your smart phones during the festival to: TW TrainWorx

P.P.S. Please use hashtag: #twxfestival

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on March 28, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Holy Train Smokes!!!!

That is a direct quote from my daughter, Lindsay, after sharing Doug Bennett’s Assessment Review of last week’s time spent with our East Coast Director, Mike Reagan.

Here is a ‘cut and paste’ of the Holy Train Smokes email I received last night:

From: Douglas Bennett [mailto:dougdbennett
Sent: Thursday, March 23, 2017 6:52 PM
To: dorcie farkash <dfarkash@twdesign.com>
Cc: Mike Reagan <mreagan@twtrainworx.com>
Subject: Layout Assessment Recap

Dorcie,

Words can not express how pleased I am with what I gained from the visit of your Mike Reagan to my layout. It jump started my knowledge, confidence and abilities by several years compared to learning on the go by trial and error and expanded the enjoyment of working on and operating my layout. What Mike knows and brings to your organization and more importantly to your customers is unique and extremely valuable. The following is a partial list of some of the things big and small that we accomplished during the two days he was here. Except for meals and sleep we worked or talked trains the entire time.

1) Gave me a hands on tutorial on weathering buildings. I weathered the roof of my passenger station

2) Found a direct short in my Lionel E7 Diesel powered A unit and got it up and running again

3) Repaired a Lionel 2 truck shay in a matter of minutes that had been unsuccessfully repaired by one of Lionel’s top East Coast dealers.

4) Determined cause for loss of communication between DCS remote and multiple TIUs that allowed me to re-install a second TIU, thus gaining the designed functionality originally planned. Prior to Mike’s visit I had resolved myself to the fact that I could only use one TIU by grouping multiple zones (loops) together.

5) Updated all my DCS and TMCC/Legacy remotes and bases.

6) I have a mountain loop designed for exhibit operation with an empty train climbing up the mountain to a hidden passing siding where a fully loaded identical train waits to travel down the grade and back into the mountains hidden passing siding. This illusion needs to run unattended in exhibit mode using photo sensors and control circuitry to alternate each train. Since my engines are Legacy Mike showed how this can be accomplished using the Legacy record function. Mike showed me how to record and demonstrated by actually recording a full logging train returning from the mountain forest and an empty logging train climbing back up the mountain grade to the forest.

7) Showed how he cleans track and recommended what, through his experience, the best track cleaning liquid is.

8) Through his access to top experts in the industry he was able within an evening to determine why post war whistles sound continuously when running on a track controlled through an MTH TIU Variable output and powered by a Lionel ZW-L transformer. The chopped sin wave of the ZW-L was the culprit. Swapping out the ZW-L with an MTH smooth sin wave Z-4000 eliminated the problem of running my stable of post war engines through the MTH hand held controller in variable output mode.

9) Showed me the fix for the occasional rear coupler opening of my Neil Young Texas Special F3 Dummy A unit.

10) Showed me how to disable TMCC/Legacy command control so these engines can be run in conventional mode on track containing the TMCC/Legacy signal so they can run in exhibit mode on my logging loop.

11) Gave a recommendation for alternate mountain construction material to modify and/or enhance my existing carved blown foam mountains.

12) I have a 3′ x 4′ opening in the center of my layout designed for viewing and operation and also for lift out/drop in panels to permit utilizing my extensive collection of operating accessories through “themed” lift outs such as logging/lumber, coal, or oil. Mike made a material suggestion for the panels that was far superior to the 2″ house insulation foam I had planned to use.

13) Showed me how to use command control cars from both Lionel and MTH.

14) Gained comfort and confidence using DCS and Lionel command control by shadowing Mike’s every move and asking loads of questions.

15) Introduced me to a source for parts for postwar trains and a source for upgrade kits for postwar smoking units of which I have many that I wanted to use with modern smoke fluids rather than smoke pellets.

16) Left instructions on how to add TMCC and DCS to my bench test stand and thus utilizing some excess command control equipment I have.

What a great opportunity this was for me to gain valuable confidence and add to my own abilities. Mike is so open and giving. He has responded to my recent text messages relative to a coupler issue I was having and without his input I would have had to send it out for repair. As it turned out I made the repair myself, but only through his texting assistance.

I would have attended your festival this April in a heart beat were it not for the fact it occurs while we are on vacation. When you know the date for next year let me know so I can save the date and not commit to something else. I do look forward to visiting your facility in Dallas someday.

You have created a unique service to the hobby, one I trust many others like myself will take advantage of. The two days went well beyond my expectations. It was not only money well spent but money well invested. My congratulations to you and your organization for taking advantage of the opportunity that Mike’s availability presented. From my perspective it was a perfect fit for both.

With greatest appreciation,
Doug Bennett

Wow… we are so appreciative to Doug and beyond thrilled to have Mike Reagan heading up our East Coast Division. Crazy to already be saying this folks but NOW… seriously is the time to get on Mike’s Assessment Tour list! Last month Mike’s first layout assessment was in Tennessee with one of our Top Traintastic Customer’s, Dr. Sawrie… here is a link to read his email review: Dr. Sawrie Assessment Review  and guess what I just did today… MARCH 24, 2017 – made travel arrangements for another Layout Assessment with the Dynamic Traingineer Duo of both Chief Traingineer Roger & Mike to New Mexico, the second week of April!!!

Want an assessment done on YOUR Layout??? Then this link is for YOU: Layout Assessment Form

Happy Tracks!

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

P.S. Click here Doug Bennett’s Assessment Review to read his email.

 

 
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Posted by on March 24, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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TW TrainWorx Layout Festival

2013 Festival Layouts

 
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Posted by on September 23, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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