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Lone Star State Custom Layouts by TW TrainWorx Traingineers

I was working on gathering photos for a new photo book I’m doing… what’s that? YOU didn’t know that TW TrainWorx Top Custom Layout Customers receive a photo book depicting the collaborative process from design…. fabrication… to installation? Well it’s true and yours truly has the pure enjoyment of creating each photo journal book – but I get OFF TRACK 🙂 Anywho’s (quoting my daughter) I blew myself away looking back at all the custom layouts Roger Farkash (Chief Traingineer & Creative Director) has designed and our truly talented Traingineers have engineered and fabricated over the years!

Nuff said (Texas slang) let the pictures do the talking… Enjoy shots of Lone Star State – that’d be TEXAS, custom layouts; Designed, Fabricated, and Installed by TW TrainWorx Traingineers – YEE HAW!!!!

Happy Tracks!

Traindame aka Dorcie Farkash
TW TrainWorx
2808 McGowan Street
Dallas, Texas  75203
(214) 634-2965
http://www.trainworxlayouts.com

 

 
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Posted by on August 2, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Layout Trifecta – New Jersey

This custom layout installation was actually two additional sections we added to the existing TW TrainWorx Custom Hellgate/Subway Layout we did for Jim in 2015.

Enjoy a few process photos followed by the installation photos:

What a Jumping June for the Traingineers – June Trifecta of Installations is now in the History Books!

I bet you’re saying to yourself…. I want a TW TrainWorx Custom Layout 🙂 Lets GO FOR IT!!!

Happy Tracks!

Traindame aka Dorcie Farkash
TW TrainWorx
(214) 634-2965
http://www.trainworxlayouts.com

Dallas, Texas | North Carolina | USA!!

 
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Posted by on June 29, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Layout Trifecta – New York

TW TrainWorx, in the style of Polar Express Layout, was completed yesterday by the Traingineers…

Enjoy these pictures from the installation:

Check out these photos I just received from our very Hap Hap Happy Customer that he took under the ‘blue lights’ he added. Talk about SUPER AWESOME 🙂

Right now – I am offering one of Traindame’s CRAZY…. SUPER DUPER AMAZING…. Steal-of-a-Deals to get YOUR OWN Polar Express Table Top/Base in time for the 2017 Holidays by placing YOUR order and getting on the Traingineer’s fabrication calendar by July 10th! More information is right here: http://wp.me/P1JoOq-jp

Also, please feel free to download our Polar Express Track Plan here: 2017PolarExpressTrackPlan

Happy Tracks!

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

Experience the Art of The Train!

http://www.trainworxlayouts.com

 
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Posted by on June 29, 2017 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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Best gift you can give YOURSELF for Father’s Day…

Without a doubt…

No questions asked…

It would be to have a Layout Assessment done by the Best of the Best in the Industry!!

Well, WHAT IS A LAYOUT ASSESSMENT and Who does it?? Excellent question, so glad you asked! Mike Reagan, Director of TW TrainWorx East Coast Division, recently completed his third Layout Assessment in North Carolina and what better way to answer the “What is a Layout Assessment?” question than a *Real… Review… from Steven M:

May 11, 2017

Dorcie

Thank you for initiating your Layout Assessment Program. My layout was fabricated over 15 years ago and I lacked wiring diagrams and most of the wiring was improperly marked and/or terminated.

We’ve been in North Carolina for only 7 months and for the last 2 months after working on the layout I would be totally frustrated.

Mike Reagan was a Godsend in getting my layout fully operational within 1 1/2 days. I’m now able to operate my trains utilizing the Lionel Odyssey or the MTH DCS wi-fi systesms.

My wife and I were very happy having Mike as a house guest and enjoyed learning his knowledge of North Carolina customs.

I would highly recommend Mike and your company to anyone else needing help with their layout. I plan to attend the next York train show in October and look forward to meeting you in person and Mike again.

Steve M

Get YOUR ‘dream’ layout running like a DREAM with a TW TrainWorx Layout Assessment. Click on the Layout Assessment link NOW: TW TrainWorx Layout Assessment or call to discuss getting YOUR name added to our Layout Assessment Calendar: (214) 634-2965

Happy Tracks!

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

P.S. Enjoy few shots of TW TrainWorx Custom Layouts!

 

 
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Posted by on May 26, 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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