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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 - 03/19/2019 : 4:23:05 PM
George, Galen, Jerry, Bryan, Bob, Carl and Russ, thank you all very much.

Galen, I had some problems with the scale hardware company, not the ones I used here, they are .6mm, and work fine. But they are now owned by Model Motorcars, Ltd, and I had recently made an order for some .8mm bolts and nuts. What I received was 1.6mm. So I contacted them, and they looked at the photos I sent along with the email (I presume) and replied that they sent what I ordered. So I replied again, saying they were not, and we agreed that they would send me some more, and I could keep the ones I had. OK, all was well....except, they sent me more 1.6mm nuts and bolts. They had sent me a refund for the first lot, and I used that to re-order the second lot. So since I know I won't ever use something that large (they translate to a 5" bolt!), I decided to return the whole lot for either a refund or replacement. Today I got a partial refund, so now I am "assuming" that they got their act together and are going to also send the right sized ones, the .8mm I want. Time will tell, I haven't got any notification that that is the case or not, so we will see. Either way, it's been a mess. If I don't get the .8mm, then I know a company in England that also makes them.
slimrails Posted - 03/18/2019 : 5:56:05 PM
Those fittings are terrific, Tony.
Carl B Posted - 03/18/2019 : 2:45:10 PM
railman28 Posted - 03/18/2019 : 1:47:45 PM
So very nice Tony. The crane came out super.

TRAINS1941 Posted - 03/18/2019 : 1:13:17 PM
Tony very nice. The gears and handle great work.

I guess it can tell time now with those gears!!
brownbr Posted - 03/18/2019 : 06:12:38 AM
The hand crank is very impressive
ocalicreek Posted - 03/18/2019 : 12:08:00 AM
That miniature hardware is really neat. Great work!

George D Posted - 03/17/2019 : 9:39:03 PM
Very nicely done, Tony.

Nelson458 Posted - 03/17/2019 : 7:35:55 PM
Originally posted by Michael Hohn

Beautiful work, Tony. The old look of the wood parts and rust on the metal bits complement each other.


Thank you Mike. I also tried to add some grease around the gears, not sure it shows well in this scale, but it looks good.
Michael Hohn Posted - 03/17/2019 : 7:31:41 PM
Beautiful work, Tony. The old look of the wood parts and rust on the metal bits complement each other.

Nelson458 Posted - 03/17/2019 : 3:00:20 PM
It took me a while to figure out how to make the gearing and stuff to lower the hook etc. But I am done with that small part. I even made a small crank from 5 pieces of styrene, as there are none available on the market. The gears come from a watch, and they happen to mesh perfectly, although I glued them down to so they don't fall apart on me. The whole unit was bolted to the back using .6mm x 1/4" long brass nuts and bolts. They were first blackened with A-Wests Blacken-it.

Nelson458 Posted - 02/19/2019 : 4:32:35 PM
Originally posted by George D

Good to see you back at it, Tony. Your carpentry is amazing.


Thank you George, sometimes the small stuff is easier to do than the 1:1 stuff. At least the wood is a lot cheaper
George D Posted - 02/18/2019 : 6:36:03 PM
Good to see you back at it, Tony. Your carpentry is amazing.

Nelson458 Posted - 02/18/2019 : 5:43:20 PM
Thank you Mike and Bernd. Kind of you to say
Bernd Posted - 02/18/2019 : 2:44:06 PM
Nice to see you back at it Tony. I concur with Mike. Excellent "model" joinery on the crane.


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