New Brooklands Speedway
Starting in January, 2017
This page was last updated January 17,
To visit the
original Brooklands Speedway, please click the
photograph of the flying Bugatti on the real
Brooklands in England
In July of 2016, you can see
what will be my slot car room in the distance. It is the
area with the walls painted with blue DryLock.
In July the slot room was
storage for anything that could not be kept in the
By late August of 2016, the
pegboard was on the slot car room walls, and I had
started to paint the drywall.
By the end of 2016, the Family
Room was finished, and the door to the left of this
photo leads into the slot car room.
The repaired slot car clock was
placed on the west wall of pegboard on January 5, 2017.
The salvaged table with the
start of the city of Cherrington Park is in front of
the west wall as I prepared to build the new tables.
The view of the room in the
opposite direction, facing east.
On January 7, we picked
up the lumber to build the tables for the New
The next day the table
structure for the rest of the layout started to
Progress is being
made on the framework using the girder system
from Model Railroader Magazines library.
By January 10,
plywood was going onto the framework.
plywood is in place.
I started to
experiment placing the track to figure
out the best version for the new layout.
experimentation, this is pretty close to
the final layout chosen, but it was
still tweaked a bit.
the main straight where the driving
stations will be located.
17, the fascia boards were in place
around the layout.
The slot car
room near the end of the first month of
work and includes the mini theater
spotlights for simulated night driving.
could start to organize and put some
artwork on the walls.
More art on the west
wall, along the city table.
The south wall now has
more display cases, and some posters.
In early February, the
first elevated area has appeared on the layout.
A few days later I had
mounted the train display shelves on the wall. The
green panel includes switches that control the
Aurora junction turns in the city section.
In the first week of March,
the track was connected, the driving stations in
place, the scoring tower was in place for the
Trakmate timing system, and other scenery was being
tested for possible locations.
The hills are starting to
take shape with insulating foam carved to fit, and
the trolley route is being planned.
The parking lot
entrance is in place with a second elevation in
This factory was
bought several years ago from the widow of the
builder. She told me that her husband
kept constructing structures but never got
around to making a train layout. I promised
her that this one would be on any layout I
In April I worked
on building this wall of shale to go on
The trolley line
and the freight line train tracks are now
I continued the
application of Sikkens Kombi Putty to
the seams between track pieces,
especially where it would make the tires
putty cures, I sand it, and then do
another thin application.
April I was able to test run a few
cars to see where there still are
problem areas. Once I am
satisfied, I will start to paint the
May I continued to experiment with
scenery locations so that I can plan
the landscaping. Many of these items
will move again before final
locations are selected.
to caulk the spaces in the foam,
filling seams, and starting on the
swimming mine hole atop the hill.
On May 27,
I tested the location of the shale
wall to see that it would fit
The city section of the
layout features Lionel Mystery Track pieces which
allow the cars leaving the city to select one of
the three possible highways outside of town. Click
the arrow in the center of the image above to see
a video of the Mystery Track in action.
I have been using
Jeweler's Abrasive Cord to sand all the slot
junctions for smoother car travel.
A few years back, I asked
Chris "Dr. Oogan" DeAngelis to make two billboards
for the old layout. He took a photo I had
made of one of my slot cars, and added a new
background and did the artwork for this
sign. I adapted his artwork by fading it and
adding grain to use as the background for this
page. You can see some of Dr. Oogan's
products at his
website, including the billboard he made for America On Wheels Museum's
first slot car event ever.
I started to apply caulk
around the edges of the track and the pink foam to
make a surface for the acrylic paint base that
will be under the turf in these areas.
On June 10 I did a little
bit of test painting to see if this would work as
I wanted. The blue and black is the base for
the mine hole that swimmers will be visiting later
next summer (I hope).
August I started to build shoulders for the track,
including some Aurora "Speed Corner" like ones,
using paintable caulk. Once this is properly cured,
it will all get painted.
November I started the process of painting the
track with Behr Premium Plus latex paint with a
satin finish, once again in the shade of "Distant
Thunder". It will take a few light
coats and the cleaning of the electric rail using
model railroad "Big Boy" blocks.
paving company came in and applied the blacktop
for a parking lot to the right, and the amusement
park in the middle. All four lanes now run cars,
but there is still a bit of tweaking and cleaning
needed to make everything run smoothly.
closer look at the textured blacktop applied in
December of 2017.
A day after painting
the pink foam walls on the elevation, sod was
planted below, and along the track and the
future swimming hole.
The sod was also
planted atop and below the shale wall before
the end of 2017.
In early 2018, the
trolley started to run on a track that was
having ballast installed.
On January 11, I
used my Chinese static grass applicator to
make my first attempt at having vertical
flocking on the "sod".
I made more of
an attempt to integrate the hill
climbing section that used to hide a
heating pipe on the original Brooklands
as a background scene. Details still
need improvement, but progress is
A bit more
landscaping is getting the hill
climbing area nearly finished.
is growing atop the stone cliff.
trailer court has opened across
the trolley tracks from the hill