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Nelson458 Posted - 08/20/2017 : 3:01:26 PM
I have only recently, after some 5 or 6 years, started building a small layout. Although I am not much into operations, I do enjoy a little switching, and have found Peco insulfrog turnouts just the ticket for me, easy to throw the points, very little wiring. In fact, I might have gotten a little carried away with their turnouts . My 5' by 10' layout, is more destined to be a large diorama than an operating layout. And that was my intention.

Soooo, that being said, I have always wanted a small facility for the engines, nothing big, an engine shed (rather than a roundhouse) and machine shop, coaling station and a source of water. Ever since I built Sierra West's engine house, I thought that might be just the thing for this layout. Since that shed is HOn3, it won't do well here, besides, I have plans for that later.

So I set about planning the actual size of the shed. I already knew from the beginning what I wanted, and where, I just hadn't gotten the track set up and everything 'sized' so it would fit. It will be about 13.5" deep, contain 3 tracks, and one off to the side. I'm building it on 3/16" ply, it is pretty flat now, but after I glue stuff down that might change, so I am going to re-enforce the bottom with some sturdy hardwood. The layout sits on 2" foam, so I would need to cut into that for the added strips underneath.

The engine shed will be built very similarly to the Sierra West model, board by board on a framework of 6x6 stripwood. Or maybe 4x6. The roof will be peaked in the center, and the right hand stall will be set back 4.5" which will be used for small engines.

So far, I made a simple cardboard moch-up to see how it fits. I am glad I did, as the two r/h tracks didn't line up like I wanted. I had a short l/h turnout leading into those stalls and open area, and replaced it with a medium length 'Y' turnout. That proved to be much better. Sometimes a simple change is all that is needed.

So here are a couple of pictures, a birds-eye view and a sketch of the front of the shed. I hope to start on the project soon, but with an upcoming trip to Colorado for the show, not sure how far I will get before the next weekend.

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Nelson458 Posted - 09/18/2018 : 4:25:56 PM
Originally posted by trains4ms

Perfect, thanks so much. I will see if my local hobby shop has those in stock.

Mike S.

If not, I ordered them either from PSC, or from Walthers. Can't remember which.
trains4ms Posted - 09/17/2018 : 9:24:12 PM
Perfect, thanks so much. I will see if my local hobby shop has those in stock.

Mike S.
Nelson458 Posted - 09/17/2018 : 7:57:52 PM
Originally posted by Carl B

That's exactly what I meant Tony, thank you.

Your welcome.

While I'm here, thought I'd post a supersized picture of the valves, in case anyone is interested. The closest valve also has a union attached to attach the hose, made from 1/32" solder. Had to sand down the end of it a bit to fit the castings.

Carl B Posted - 09/17/2018 : 7:50:08 PM
That's exactly what I meant Tony, thank you.
Nelson458 Posted - 09/17/2018 : 7:46:08 PM
Thank you. The base material for my tanks, if I get your question right, is 7/16" styrene (Evergreen) tubing, cut about 1" long, with a 1/16" end face sanded smooth and round on the outside edges after gluing on. Did I get that right????

And mike, thank you also, and for following along. You may ask, and it is a good thing I have each valve and union in a separate bin labeled so I can re-order. So, it is PSC's Globe Valve #48197. It comes 3 valves to a casting cored. I used a 1/32" drill to clean them out for the styrene rod to go through.

Thanks for asking.
trains4ms Posted - 09/17/2018 : 6:54:57 PM

Great job on the two tanks. They really look good. I have been following your many builds here on this forum, and really appreciate you taking the time to post for us.

Can I ask you what your valve castings item number is?

Mike S.
Carl B Posted - 09/17/2018 : 4:43:55 PM
Well done Tony.

What is the base material for your tanks? Sorry if I missed it.
Nelson458 Posted - 09/17/2018 : 4:10:17 PM
George, Jerry and Rich. Thank you all for your comments. Most appreciated.
Pennman Posted - 09/17/2018 : 09:12:50 AM

GREEEEAAAT looking tanks and displayed platform.
I like all the rust applied too. Nice work.

TRAINS1941 Posted - 09/16/2018 : 10:43:00 PM
Tony very nice. Your always one step ahead with detailing!
George D Posted - 09/16/2018 : 5:39:18 PM
Great detail work, Tony. You are the master of making rust.

Nelson458 Posted - 09/16/2018 : 4:58:01 PM
Except for some oil spills on the ground, when it is placed on the diorama, I think I'll call this one finished. The 'water' in the bucket will dry clear, to look like water left over from a rain. I hope. I took these pictures with my Nikon P7800 rather than the Panasonic FX35. I think the pictures came out a little more richer and deeper color.

The lids to the tanks. The hinges are made from .010 styrene rod.

Nelson458 Posted - 09/15/2018 : 05:56:34 AM
Thanks Mike, I guess I call it little because I can get it done in under a week of days.

Robert and Bryan, thank you.
brownbr Posted - 09/15/2018 : 05:51:05 AM
I really like the tanks
railman28 Posted - 09/14/2018 : 11:01:13 PM

what a gassy, oily and yet, wonderful "little"scene.

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