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Sand Beach Train Layout (November 2002)
About this creation

On September 6, 2002, I attempted to relocate my 'Castle Roller Coaster' display from the living room floor to a set of nearby plywood tables. The operation was a disaster from the start, however, as I attempted to move it on a baseplate-by-baseplate basis. By the time I had placed the display on the tables, it was in shambles.

Rather than rebuild my completely destroyed roller coaster, I decided to start an entirely new layout. Within a matter of days, I had whipped up a number of decidedly mediocre buildings for my new layout. These included a generic office building, a set of butt-ugly houses (all of which lacked rear walls), a flimsy police tower, and a number of similarly dreadful items. In addition, I recycled a number of old buildings (the Blue Diner and 'Ogel's House', notably) from my earliest LEGO Towns. By September 24, I was ready to begin construction.

Construction went fairly smoothly, apart from the lack of quality buildings. I filled in a number of gaping holes in the town grid (if we dare call it that) with out-of-the-box sets. The most notable examples of this are the use of the Blacksmith Shop and Hogwarts Castle in Sand Beach's downtown area.

By September 27, 2002, Sand Beach was effectively finished. Over the coming months, I would make only minor changes to its composition.

In 2003, I modified the Sand Beach substantially. While it remained largely the same in composition, I renamed it 'Placerville'. I continued to refine the layout for most of 2003.

By early 2004, however, Placerville had fallen into disrepair. It was torn down to make way for a new layout, which I referred to as 'San Portillo' for reasons that currently evade me. Ironically, San Portillo itself would fall into disrepair within six months of its construction. It would, in turn, be replaced with the Legoville International Airport in mid-2005.


  November 18, 2010
lots of very nice kits,i love the saucer parts building!,the beach is also interesting,was that the harry potter castle kit at the time?,lots of good concepts!
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  January 20, 2010
Nice! I love the depth and layers, integration of the HP themes, and the beach scene is great!
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