I built a 12' X 24' foot building seperate from the house, finished on the
inside, carpeted and air conditioned with heat. Building was completed Aug
this year. I am currently building a version of the Moth Lake and Mount
Ahab RR. Layout is 12' X 18' with the first 6 feet for train workshop area
and entry. Approx 50% of the track is laid.
In a finished upstairs room in a 1.5 story home. The low roof causes the
upper outside walls to be sloped, with about a 4' vertical sidewall. The
train layout 'case' sets against the sidewall (the layout is fully
enclosed, with a solid top and sliding plex doors for viewing and
access). This gives a track height of only about 36" above the floor.
It's a 'setting down' layout ... the operators all set in roll-about
Access is only somewhat limited by the enclosure, which is maximum of
30" deep (from the back wall), usually less. Interior height is about
15", with the plex doors being about 12" high. The effect is of an
enclosed diorama. The enclosure keeps out perhaps 95% of the dust, and
almost totally eliminates damage to the layout between running sessions.
Since my scenery is about 90% complete, and highly detailed, this is
Overall, it works out very well. There are some trade-offs, but I'd
definitely use the same basic design again.
Like all prior attempts, my present railroad is located in part of an
attached garage. Temperature extremes can cause major discomfort, but,
the layout is usable for most of the year. Floor space devoted to the
railroad is approximately 20' x 11', however, the layout's shape is
rather irregular and it is multilevel as well. Hope this helps. Thank
iarwain firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Outside. I have about 4 acres of space available, and the wisdom not to
try to fill the space with track. The scenery was already there, so I
didn't have to build it. The lighting is good when the sun is out.
Mosquitos can be fierce sometimes.
Dust isn't a problem; the rain washes it away. I did have a large tree
limb fall and smash about half of my 16' wooden trestle this summer
though. Right now the track is buried under leaves. They'll stay till
it's warm enough to be outside comfortably again in the spring.
Scale? Surely, you jest.
The track is Gauge 1 - 45mm/1.75". In the grand tradition of these sized
trains, scale is pretty nebulous and/or confused. Mostly 1:32 to 1:20; I
don't mind mixing. That means they're bigger than O Scale, but too small
to ride on.
I do run live steam, but in small scale. I had considered a larger scale,
but my workshop is too small. My terrain is also nowhere near flat, so
constructing a roadbed would have been a tremendous amount of work, and I
don't have the money to play with to have it done.
I do belong to a large scale live steam club, but since their focus seems
to have shifted mostly to lawn care and running diesels, I haven't spent
much time there.
They're too busy talking on their cell phones to notice them.
Building it in a 25' x 27' addition built onto the house for this
purpose. Modeling Milwaukee Road electrified Coast Division circa 1948
plus small logging operation.
(to reply remove Boeing jet from address)
C. Marin Faure
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