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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 5th Annual Layout Festival

2013 Festival Flyer

Be SURE to get YOUR name on the Guest List: http://www.trainworxfestival.com

Food Trucks Confirmed: Ruthie’s and Soulgood

Happy Tracks!

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

 
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Posted by on March 2, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Track Plan Talk and Traindame on the loose!!

We have the pleasure of working on a custom layout for Dr. Davis and yesterday, George was pretty excited (as he always gets when trains are running) to show me the first loop of track he laid and wired… check it out:

Just now, I went back on the studio floor and saw the entire track laid on Dr. Davis’s layout with two trains on the tracks ready to engage… With NO Traingineer in sight, I was on the loose… check THIS OUT:

Happy Tracks!

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

Sign up here for TW TrainWorx 5th Annual Layout Festival: http://www.trainworxfestival.com

 

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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23 Exclamations! 5 Star Customer Service Review…

stevesawrie2Feel free to call us and schedule YOUR next level assessment for your layout. I may suggest to hurry before there’s a waiting list : )

Happy Tracks!

Traindame aka Dorcie Farkash
TW TrainWorx
2808 McGowan St.
Dallas, Texas 75203

(877) 881-4997

P.S. Join us April 1, 2017 for TW TrainWorx 5th Annual Layout Festival!
For more information click here: http://www.trainworxfestival.com

 
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Posted by on February 10, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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1 Million Eyes… and counting!

It’s that most wonderful time of year when trains can be seen swirling around the Christmas tree base and this year, TW TrainWorx has several custom Holiday Layouts around the country that have been producing some serious Eye Popping Results!!! 

Traindame aka Dorcie and Chief Traingineer aka Roger, were doing some serious arithmetic the other day and were pretty mind boggled by the facts and just exactly how many eyeballs will have seen our custom Holiday Train Displays… this is where the calculator got involved adding up over, (yes seriously) 1 million eye balls and over half a million people have and/or will experience a TW TrainWorx layout by going to one or several of these displays which are *NOW SHOWING FOR THE 2016 HOLIDAY SEASON:

NEW YORK:

Lionel Holiday Layout – Grand Central Terminal inside NY Transit Museum

Santaland Layout – Macy’s Herald Square

Holiday Express Display – New York Historical Society – Toys and Trains Jerni Collection

Trainworld Custom Retail Layout – Brooklyn, NY 

Natoli Custom Residential Layout – Suffern 

TEXAS:

Trains at NorthPark Display – Ronald McDonald House of Dallas

**New this year**  Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science


Are YOU in the TW TrainWorx Holiday Layout Eye Ball Count??

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!

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

 
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Posted by on December 22, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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Carving Odyssey with the talented Traingineers…

The below video was recently added to our Houston Museum of Natural Science “Trains Over Texas” series of fabrication process videos… check it out!

Happy Tracks!

Traindame aka Dorcie Farkash
TW TrainWorx
Dallas, Texas USA
(214) 634-2965

 
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Posted by on October 12, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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Announcing… Live with Traindame!

One of the coolest aspects of being around the incredibly creative, crazy talented, and super skilled Traingineers is being able to see first hand the massive amount of progress that can happen in a week… a day… or heck even in a couple of hours on the studio floor!

So with that in mind, and having my handy dandy iPhone and Facebook *Live* video, I’ve officially started my “Traindame… Live in 5” series and invite you to view my very first episode which features a cool look at the making of the Houston Museum of Natural Science’s Trains Over Texas displays opening November 18, 2016.

Oh… and be on the lookout for a truly behind the scenes, I’m talking – filmed WAY in the back portion of our studio sneak peek look at the 17′ Pecos River Bridge : )

Enjoy!

Happy Tracks!

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

 
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Posted by on October 5, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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INTRODUCING… TW TrainWorx Productions

TW TrainWorx is excited to announce the addition of three incredibly talented, motivated, and highly skilled Traingineers who are in the midst of fabricating one of our largest train displays to date for the Houston Museum of Natural Science. The display is over 1,300 square feet and is guaranteed to become a destination experience for years to come!

Ben Galbraith, Connor Erickstad, and Alan Lockwood came to Roger and I proposing they use their digital media skills to document the fabrication of the RAPTOR RAIL… check out their first video:

Initial reviews just in from the first TW TrainWorx Productions Video, Produced by Alan, Ben, and Connor… Ha – – -the ABC Team : )

*An absolutely beautiful video Dorcie! – Jim M. Illinois

*Very awesome!!! – Jack W. New Mexico

*I thoroughly enjoyed this video and the size and scope of the Houston Museum of Natural Science layout is Awesome. Continue making the magic. – Bob C. Texas

*Wow wow wow! You can learn a LOT from these. I look forward to sharing with our listeners. – Derek T. Indiana | Notch 6

Happy Tracks!

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

 
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Posted by on August 30, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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*Kansas City Union Station… Order YOURS today!

July 27th, 2016…

Chief Traingineer, Roger Farkash, is in Kansas City, MO for the LCCA Convention where early this morning the NBC local news station featured our Classic Landmark Series, Kansas City Union Station model right smack dab inside the REAL Kansas City Union Station!

Watch video right here:

The NBC Newscaster’s direct quote about the KCU Station model: “The detail is exquisite!”
Whoo Hoo – how fabulous to get that kind of review while viewing the model inside the actual station : )

Here’s YOUR chance to *Own YOUR own Kansas City Union Station right NOW!

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Here are all the details you need…

*Dimensions: 40″ x 14″ x 12 1/8″

*Each model is handcrafted & scenically painted in our TrainWorx Studio located in Dallas, Texas USA 

*Special LCCA Convention Price: $2,897.00 | Price includes LED Lights PLUS… Shipping!

*BUY Online NOW:     or call (877) 881-4997 and place YOUR order TODAY!

You will Receive YOUR KCU Station via FedEx Home Delivery 4 to 6 weeks after order is placed.

Mike Phillips with Lionel just sent this picture of our KCU Station model in from inside the KCU Station during this week’s LCCA Convention!

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*BUY Online NOW:     or call (877) 881-4997 and place YOUR order TODAY!

Happy Tracks!

Traindame aka Dorcie Farkash
TW TrainWorx
2808 McGowan St.
Dallas, Texas  75203
http://www.twtrainworx.com

(877) 881-4997

 

 

 
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Posted by on July 27, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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