Gary Bechdol's Free-Mo Module

This is Gary's fourth Free-Mo module, called "Church Street". They all represent a section of the Central of Georgia line. Photographer: Gary Bechdol

This image is a portion of a CofG val map showing the area the module represents. Only the turnout breaking from the main track is on this module; if I had tried to put the crossover to the right of it on this module the right hand turnout would have spanned the joint between modules, definitely a no-no. The crossover will instead be on an adjacent module. The 5' X 6' box culvert to the left of the main line turnout will be on a separate module that will be keyed in to the present module.
This is the underside of the module showing the curved 1X2 side rail which adds stiffness to the module and provides support for the 1/4 in luan sub-base.
This is a top view of the west end showing the end plate cut to the cross section of the roadbed. Another module with an identically cut end plate will eventually mate against this end. The triangle is clamped to the end plate and bears against the luan sub-base to ensure the plate is at a right angle to the sub-base.
This is the west end with the rough cut foam sub-grade/scenery base in place.
This is taken from the same vantage point as in the picture above but with the roadbed/scenery shaped on the south side. The 1X2 with coarse sandpaper is laid across the sides and used to bring the roadbed down to the correct elevation.
This is the module after it has the luan roadbed in place.
The fake fur "grass" has been glued to the scenery base.
The fake fur has been rough trimmed to size and colored using the marking pens in the foreground.
Aligning the short sections of track at the east end using an adjustable square to ensure the sections are perpendicular to the end plate. Expansion gaps will be used between the end sections and the longer intermediate sections of track to minimize the effects of expansion/contraction at the ends of the module.
Using the adjustable square to set the 1in offset from the face of the end plate.
The ties for the No. 10 curved turnout are in place. PC board ties are used for attaching the rails due to their ability to resist the expansion/contraction forces.
Second Batch
Frog of Number 10 turnout under construction.
Turnout under construction, viewed from the west.
Point detail. Points, throwbar, and details were taken from a Central Valley turnout kit.
IT RUNS!!!
Wired DPDT pushbutton switch for turnout control. Two are required for each turnout, for operation from either side of the module.
DPDT pushbutton ready for insertion into fascia. Yes, it IS a Kodak film canister.
Turnout wiring. Turnout motor is to the right, pushbuttons are at top and bottom, and a bridge rectifier is at left. The accessory power buss has not yet been installed.