TW TrainWorx Third Annual Festival – 9/27/14

Oh my goodness, the saw dust is flying in our studio as the Traingineers are in heavy preparation mode for what promises to be our biggest, best, funnest, most fabulous and traintastic (Traindame word) Layout Festival to date!!

Check out who will be donating to our Chinese Raffle this year…. The World Famous – awesome Angela Trotta Thomas who unfortunately can’t make it herself on the 27th but sent a way-cool Texas Special 54 Lionel Jigsaw Puzzle just for our festival attendees participating in our Chinese Raffle. She even signed the box to make this a keepsake puzzle for years to come! Thank you my friend!!!!

Angela Trotta Signature Texas Special 54_AT

Only one way to win this puzzle… YOU BE at the Third Annual Layout Festival
and purchase a Raffle ticket 🙂


Our vendor tables are officially *Sold Out and here is the list
of fine folks you can purchase from:

  • David Gahagen (making a return trip from Colorado) who hand crafts and does incredible customization of flat car loads

  • Le Kepley with AVKM will blow you away with his video display

  • Dennis Brennan of Brennan’s Model Railroading Products (making a return trip from Missouri) will also have a donation for our Chinese Raffle… love his products

  • Steve Fowler representing the Colorado Toy Train Group (also making return trip from Colorado) – they’ve always got product you’ll want to buy

Here is our line up of Participating Organizations we are proud to have on our studio floor and whom can provide YOU a wealth of knowledge of TRAINS… both real and toy:

  • Lionel Collector’s Club of America – – – known as the best *Toy Train Club on the planet 🙂 Added bonus…*Lionel Railroad Club Members take advantage of the opportunity to speak with the LCCA representatives about the recent merger!! 🙂

  • Lionel Modular Group will have their modular layout set up again

  • BNSF Railroad Patrol

  • BNSF Railway

  • Museum of American Railroad

  • Lenny the Lion

  • TrainWorx Traingineers demonstrating the latest Lionchief Engines

  • Ronald McDonald House of Dallas (Part of Festival Proceeds to benefit this fabulous organization)

Please enjoy testimonial that Tim from Kansas wrote after last year’s Layout Festival:

Festival Testimonial

And of course Traindame and her fellow Traingineers will be here all day enjoying fellowship time with all YOU phenomenal Ferroequinologists!!!!!

Happy Tracks!

Traindame aka Dorcie Farkash
TW TrainWorx
(877) 881-4997

P.S. Get YOUR name on the Attendee List NOW:

P.P.S. Just posted this Ahhhmazing Testimonial from another
happy TrainWorx Customer…Read it here: Rooney

P.P.P.S. Attendees coming in from Pennsylvania are travelers
coming the farthest, so far… THANK YOU!

P.P.P.P.S. Festival Fun-tivities here: Festival Details

P.P.P.P.P.S. New this year… the Bombay Chop Stix Food Truck!

Bombay Chop Stix


What’s been going on in Traingineerland???

Whew!!!!! Catching my breath now and mind boggled that I didn’t post a peep on my blog in July – YIKES!!!

Below is a sentiment I’ve stated out loud at least 10 times (if not more) over the past 6 weeks…

“So wish I could be in two places at one time… or realistically… more like 5 places at once!”

I have been fortunate to be in a hopping travel mode with the Traingineers as we’ve been serving clientele from the West Coast – Thousand Oaks, California, on into the Mid West – Indianapolis, Indiana and Chilicothe, Ohio… and just when I think it can’t get any better… it does!

There are so many wonderful “Train Nuts” across this great country of ours, who are really some of the most “traintastic” (Traindame word) people we not only have the opportunity to produce layouts/product for but (*Added Bonus*) we also enjoy time making wonderful memories and experience INCREDIBLE fellowship with truly EXTRAORDINARY people!!

I was pondering the best way to get my past six weeks experience across to you and decided to put together a couple of Traindame Photo Collages:

But wait… before the collage, a shameless selfie first 🙂

Traindame & the Traingineers… completion of day #4 of California custom layout installation:



Summer of 2014
Thousand Oaks, California – Harry Potter Themed Layout

Collage June

Chillecothe, Ohio
Rooney Family Layout



Collage July Rooney

LCCA Convention
Indianapolis, Indiana



The countdown to our Third Annual Layout Festival has *BEGUN!

September 27th, 2014 is the date and YOU are guaranteed to have have more fun than an Engineer rounding the mountain pulling three miles of cars!

Be sure to sign up on the Official Attendee List because I am believing we are going to break last year’s attendance record and I want to make sure I am prepared!

Now activated… TW TrainWorx Third Annual Layout Festival link:

Happy Tracks!

Traindame aka Dorcie Farkash
TW TrainWorx
(877) 881-4997

Save The Date 2014


P.S. GET YOUR NAME ON THE ATTENDEE LIST… win a chance for  a bonus surprise if YOU travel the furthest!

P.P.S. Part of proceeds benefit the amazing Ronald McDonald House of Dallas



2nd Annual Layout Festival … *Tremendous Success*




To all our attendees from near and far who converged at our TW TrainWorx Studio last Saturday and partook in all the *Fun Festival Festivities!!!!

Testimonials are flying in from all over the country and the resounding summation is…

W O W!!!

Without further ado, lets start the picture parade with a collage of the “outside” Layout Festival Atmosphere and move on below it for more pictures to share with everyone!


Courtesy Shuttle











LCCA Backdrop





















2013 Layout Festival Flyer

2013 Festival Flyer


Please let all YOUR *Friends, Family, Co-workers, Organizations, Associations, Churches, know about our Layout Festival!

To get Layout Festival *ACCESS – – All Aboard, RIGHT HERE:

LCCA at the World’s Greatest Hobby

Roger and I traveled to San Francisco this past weekend and assisted our good friends with the Lionel Collectors Club of America in their booth while attending the San Mateo – World’s Greatest Hobby show. We had a great time and like the old saying goes… a picture is worth a thousand words…so a bunch of pictures is worth thousands more – – – > Enjoy!


































Operation Festival Preparation…

T W Design craftsmen and TrainWorx Traingineers are in all out
“Pull & Prep” mode and I have got the pictures to prove it!

To quote Todd Wagner, my Pastor, “You say what you think…
you do what you believe”…

Check out what we believe as we prepare for our


Absolutely… Off The Tracks AWESOME!

I certainly hope you’ve already saved the date – OCTOBER 27, 2012
for the TW Design/TrainWorx Layout Festival because guests
are registering faster than a…

High Speed Rail Hotshot running a Night Owl to beat daybreak!

There has been such an incredible interest in this event, I’ve created a speicial website with more information and a place to secure your name on our guest list! Don’t dilly dally or dawdle go right NOW, click on this link TrainWorx Layout Festival or call toll free to secure your reservations (877) 881-4997.

Here is a flyer for anyone who wants to share with your train clubs and/or hobby stores – feel free to fly with the flyer!

For all our “out-of-towners” here is a list of several hotels near our shop: HOTELS

For Festival Flyer – Click HERE!

Happy Tracks!

Traindame aka Dorcie Farkash

PS: I promise you, this will be an event we’ll be talking about for years to come!

PPS: Festival Information/Sign Up Link – TrainWorx Layout Festival

PPPS: Festival Flyer Link – Layout Flyer

Jumping! Jiving! Jam Packed June & July…

Wowzers! I was reviewing projects the Traingineers have been working on since the first of June and bottom line… we be jamming!  As I write this post, our Chief Traingineer, Roger Farkash is in Norfolk, VA attending the LCCA Convention with his trusted Traingineer George Watson.

While in Norfolk, they are working on a three pronged client/project schedule which includes, Lionel, LCCA and T W TrainWorx! For Lionel we are setting up their dynamic, one of kind, awesome train layout (with subway section included)  that will be on display in the hotel lobby for young and old alike to enjoy watching trains doing what they were made to do…RUN!

Then there are the “Modules” Roger has been collaborating on with both the LCCA and Lionel folks for what I believe is going to be a smashing success after the debut at the convention. These modules will also be added to our TrainWorx product line as soon as all is fleshed out. So…for all you fans of “modular” systems…the fun is just now getting cranked up!

Four of the module pieces were fabricated for Lionel to display Lionel product, my personal favorite is the Christmas module and second it’s gotta be the train derailment/clean up crew! The module pieces will come in various sizes such as “straight”, “full curved” and “narrow curved”. The LCCA pieces that will be shown at the Convention will be in their “natural wood” state with track on top, sure to stir up the imagination! It’s going to be funner than fun watching this “Modular” project come to reality and into its full product form offering from, Lionel, LCCA & TrainWorx! Now that’s something to toot your horn for!

Roger and George will also be manning the TrainWorx table at the convention…only thing missing is me 🙁 Still haven’t figured out how to be in two places at once. No “app” for that….yet.

Last month Roger took our first HO station, the Santa Fe Temple Station, to an event held in Temple, Texas and it was very well received!

Then there is the “over the coffee table” Thomas the Tank layout we’re building for a customer’s grandchildren (which of course makes them terrific grandparents for sure!) I’ll take another photo upon completion as this picture is of the base with no Thomas accessories on top. Pretty cool how it connects like a puzzle piece…oh that Chief Traingineer has it going on… 🙂

Roger and I headed down to Houston last week to see progress on a another client’s train room being built over the garage. This project has been in the works for over a year now and is scheduled for installation in 2013 – it is going to be nothing less than magnificent upon completion! Roger has not only been working with the client but also the architects, construction manager, and electrician as they build this room to house a train layout that has been in the “dream” state for years. Truly nothing better than to be part of making a dream a reality…well not just any dream of course, I’m talking those “what my dream train layout would be…” kinda dream… Making “someday” a reality in the spring of 2013!

The Houston architect and his family paid us a visit last week and we just had a fabulous time showing off our new location as well as progress on the table. Timing was perfect as it was just before four different projects were loaded on a 53′ truck so there was a lot to see on the shop floor.

Train related and on our T W Design side of business, we have a video set begin fabricated for BNSF which will be installed in their Ft. Worth corporate headquarters next month. It’s been a real treat having another project to work on after debuting the BNSF Train Layout at the Berkshire Hathaway Shareholders meeting in Omaha. And speaking of the BNSF Layout, there is a teaser in the current Classic Toy Trains Magazine about the upcoming EXCLUSIVE article covering the BNSF layout. Be on lookout for the September CTT Magazine.

And you thought I was just joking about experiencing an absolutely, “Jumping! Jiving! Jam Packed June & July” —-> but wait…there’s more!

We will be working on a Reproduction of Lionel No. 177 Scenic Railway layout for a gentleman in the great state of Pennsylvania. That table will be delivered after the October York Meet and seeing how it will be with us – Roger is going to reconfigure our space and incorporate this layout for you all to see at the Fall York Meet. This again, is another train table that is the realization of a “dream layout” coming true.

Oh, I almost forgot the latest addition to our TrainWorx Bridge Kits – the Camelback Bridge! Currently it is in a local Hobby Shop on consignment and creating a ton of excitement. Want one? Well it wont be online for a couple more weeks but you know I’ll make you a *Steal-of-a-deal on a Camelback Bridge Kit so call NOW – – – > 214-634-2965 or email me at and we’ll Make It Happen!

I bet your eyeballs are getting tired about now, so I’ll wind this blog entry down but I can assure you, I’ve only scratched the surface of everything going on here at T W TrainWorx – exciting times for sure!

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog and know that I am eager to answer any questions you may have or even better, the TrainWorx Traingineers can make YOUR train layout dream come true – Any Layout…Any Size…Any Where! We are only one phone call away – – – > 214-634-2965 < – – –

Happy Tracks!

Traindame aka Dorcie Farkash
T W TrainWorx a Choo Chooing Division of T W Design

2011 LCCA Convention

What a great convention the LCCA put on last week for the members of the Lionel Collectors Club of America! They had Tours, Seminars, Boy Scouts earning Merit Badges, Lionel toy trains running on the Lionel layout (designed by Roger and crafted by TrainWorx Traingineers), a swap meet with gobs of train related goodies and wonderful folks from around the country, and of course the LCCA store where bargain after bargain was to be found.

Roger and I attended the banquet Saturday night and it being my first one… was a real treat! The silent auction was a lot of fun, dinner was delicious, and being with train enthusiasts…well – it was truly a traintastic evening!

Monday evening Roger conducted one of the Seminars – How to Carve Mountains for Your Layout and word on the ground was it was extremely well recieved. Check out the “Behind the Scenes” video I made…

This was the first time Roger and I were side-by-side working a train event. We were selling TrainWorx Bridges faster than the #88 NASCAR Driver whirling around the Texas Motor Speedway 🙂 Some pictures of the fun…

Happy Tracks!

Dorcie aka Traindame

TrainWorx a Choo Chooing Division of T W Design!