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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 - 06/20/2019 : 10:22:37 AM
Thank you Michael, Robert and George. Appreciate your comments.
railman28 Posted - 06/18/2019 : 4:36:19 PM
More great work
George D Posted - 06/18/2019 : 1:24:52 PM
Very nice water tower, Tony. Your paint and weathering are fantastic.

Michael Hohn Posted - 06/18/2019 : 1:17:23 PM
Fantastic, Tony. You really excel in doing details.
Nelson458 Posted - 06/18/2019 : 11:38:32 AM
A few updates here on the water tank. Have the roof finished, except for a few details still to add, and have started on the spout framework. I have a little more done than the one center beam shown here, just no photos yet.

Nelson458 Posted - 06/10/2019 : 10:54:24 AM
Thank you Jerry and Bryan.
brownbr Posted - 06/10/2019 : 06:13:17 AM
Doing a great job on this build Tony.
TRAINS1941 Posted - 06/09/2019 : 11:29:23 PM
Nelson458 Posted - 06/09/2019 : 10:05:02 PM
Originally posted by Michael Hohn

Very nice, Tony. I like all the textures and colors, giving the tank a true backwoods look. It will look wonderful with your enginehouse.


Thanks Mike.
Michael Hohn Posted - 06/09/2019 : 5:36:26 PM
Very nice, Tony. I like all the textures and colors, giving the tank a true backwoods look. It will look wonderful with your enginehouse.

Nelson458 Posted - 06/09/2019 : 5:00:46 PM
OK, I had to let my wife get on here for a bit, I can't hog the computer all the time . So here are the latest pictures I have of the water tank and shed project that will go along side (somewhere) the engine shed.

The door was Scratchbuilt, but the wall section is from Monster Modelworks.

The plaster base is for the stone building.

The walls were built up using some Sculpy-made bricks I had left over from my Sewall's Foundry.

The roof of the pump building is just stained and weathered 2-by stripwood.

I made the tank from some 1.5" dowel, which wasn't wide enough, so I added some scale 8x8 for thickness, then the 2x8 for the stakes.

Started with some 'wire-looking' fuzz-free thread, and adding Grandt Line hoops, or hoop fasteners.

This water level gauge was made with stripwood, 2 x 4 I think, and painted white, then I used Woodland Scenics numbers to 10'. Then I added some 2x4 stripwood, thinned down a little on the 4" side.

I added some 22" tall (scale) stripwood, cut from edge to edge for the roof support.

I scratched an access cover, with hinges from Vector Cut, and shingled using Rusty Stumps self adhesive cedar shingles, cut out and added one at a time. A little time consuming on this part, and I hope to be finished by July.

Nelson458 Posted - 06/09/2019 : 4:13:46 PM
Jerry, Rich, Rick, Russ, Bernd, George and Mike,
thank you all for you kind comments.

I still have more to add, it's an on going process.

To take a break, I have started on a small water tower and storage shed in the style of what Brett Gallant would probably do today. It is a copy of his kit from march 1997, called 'Water Tank and Storage Shed'. Although I love the kit, I really want to do it without the castings, so I am scratch building it. At least the tank side of it. I'll be posting some updates soon.
Michael Hohn Posted - 06/09/2019 : 10:43:02 AM
Excellent work. The many details give your enginehouse the look of a very busy workplace.

Thank you for the photos.

George D Posted - 06/09/2019 : 09:05:32 AM
Excellent work, Tony.

Bernd Posted - 06/09/2019 : 08:18:49 AM
WOW, what a beautiful detailed engine house. Makes you feel like you're looking into a real one. Love your work Tony.


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