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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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trains4ms Posted - 11/11/2019 : 6:08:18 PM
I have been following this great model you are building. Everything is coming together to make a great scene. I noticed the two birds in the last photos. Outstanding modeling with so many great small details every where you look. Thanks for posting your model and taking so much time explaining your building methods.

Mike S.
hon3_rr Posted - 11/11/2019 : 12:30:05 PM
Outstanding Diorama...
Terrell Posted - 11/11/2019 : 10:57:54 AM
Looks great, Tony!! All around, inside and out.
Michael Hohn Posted - 11/11/2019 : 10:33:22 AM

I like those trees. They help to plant your loco shed.

No, I donít imagine there was insurance for operations like this.


Carl B Posted - 11/11/2019 : 10:28:06 AM
Understood, thanks Tony.
Nelson458 Posted - 11/11/2019 : 10:16:06 AM
Originally posted by Carl B

Everything's looking great Tony.

Those trees look really nice- how did you accomplish the bark look?

Thank you, the bark looks like it was painted white with black markings, I didn't do it, as these were bought in a box of a couple of dozen some 15 or so years ago at a hobby shop, ready to plant as-is, but I didn't like the foliage much, so I removed it and added my own.
Carl B Posted - 11/11/2019 : 10:05:45 AM
Everything's looking great Tony.

Those trees look really nice- how did you accomplish the bark look?
Nelson458 Posted - 11/11/2019 : 09:45:08 AM
Thought I would finally fix the shrubbery, I had a tree there for a while to see if I liked the spot, and I did, so I expanded on it. After all, if you go back on some pictures, it wasn't a very nice looking tree.

Nelson458 Posted - 11/11/2019 : 09:40:32 AM
Originally posted by bandman

All of this is just amazing, Tony...

Horton M.

Thank you Horton.
Nelson458 Posted - 11/11/2019 : 09:39:42 AM
Originally posted by Michael Hohn

Looks pretty sketchy to me. I hope your railroad has insurance.

Small detail, significant impact.


Well, as you can see, it has already had an effect on the roof , Not sure even then that insurance was available for a small backwoods engine shop from the 1930-1940's? I would think they were for a limited time use anyway.
bandman Posted - 11/10/2019 : 6:39:25 PM
All of this is just amazing, Tony...

Horton M.
Michael Hohn Posted - 11/10/2019 : 5:27:03 PM
Looks pretty sketchy to me. I hope your railroad has insurance.

Small detail, significant impact.

Nelson458 Posted - 11/10/2019 : 3:40:40 PM
Very small detail added, a stove pipe. Thought it finally needed one.
Made from styrene (from heater and outside vent) and brass (small bit at top to vent to outside pipe.

Nelson458 Posted - 11/08/2019 : 10:50:29 AM
Originally posted by Michael Hohn

Tony, you are a connoisseur with a pallet for fine modeling.


And fine cooking too, as my wife will tell you (or she'd better ).
Nelson458 Posted - 11/08/2019 : 10:49:18 AM
Originally posted by Bernd

Another nice tip on making detail items for the layout.

Another project just got added to the list of "Bazillion" projects.


Thanks Bernd, maybe there should be a separate category in the forum for just tips etc., so everyone can share not only on their thread, but there as well, or if they just have a great idea to share. I keep coming up with another one once in a while.

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