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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 - 07/23/2019 : 09:50:34 AM
Originally posted by Carl B

Very well done Tony.

Thank you Carl.
Carl B Posted - 07/21/2019 : 7:12:40 PM
Very well done Tony.
Nelson458 Posted - 07/21/2019 : 7:09:13 PM
Mike, Russ and Horton, thank you. I'm not worried if it isn't water proof, Mike, it won't rain in my room
bandman Posted - 07/21/2019 : 6:12:39 PM
Wood treatment and roof destruction is awesome. Love it.
slimrails Posted - 07/21/2019 : 4:51:21 PM
Excellent work, Tony. I really like the way that you color and texture the wood.
Michael Hohn Posted - 07/21/2019 : 4:29:20 PM

As usually, you come up with interesting details and different approaches to construction. All very instructive.

Hopefully the framing is robust because itís certainly not waterproof.

Nelson458 Posted - 07/21/2019 : 2:13:14 PM
Been working on finishing up the shed. I love adding distressed looks to small buildings like this. Adds so much character. I will be leaving the floor off until I add some interior details on the walls, like bottles, shelves etc.

Nelson458 Posted - 07/09/2019 : 11:05:47 AM
Originally posted by Michael Hohn


There are lots of details that enhance your model, such as the grab at the top of the ladder and the boxed-in weights.

The ladder-making method of yours also causes the rungs to be close to perpendicular to the posts.


Thank you for your comments, Mike. Appreciated. I looked at the grab from my point of view, if I were to climb it, what would I grab on to??? So I added one for the little people. Glad you noticed. The ladder method is a first time for me, it just seemed logical. I'm going to use it more often now, even if I make more ladders than I need :-), like that will happen
Michael Hohn Posted - 07/07/2019 : 10:50:43 PM

There are lots of details that enhance your model, such as the grab at the top of the ladder and the boxed-in weights.

The ladder-making method of yours also causes the rungs to be close to perpendicular to the posts.

Nelson458 Posted - 07/07/2019 : 5:51:08 PM
Originally posted by George D

A fine looking water tank, Tony. That's a good tip for mass producing ladders.


Thanks George.
George D Posted - 07/07/2019 : 4:30:31 PM
A fine looking water tank, Tony. That's a good tip for mass producing ladders.

Nelson458 Posted - 07/07/2019 : 3:19:37 PM
Originally posted by Carl B

As always, excellent work Tony.

Is the ball and finial a casting?

Thanks Carl.

No, the finial and ball is something I made. The 'ball' is a bead my wife let me have from her crafting supply, and the needle is styrene that fit the hole just right, which was heated a little and stretched out to a point before it snapped, and then I just cut to size and painted. Thanks for asking, I had meant to show that and totally forgot.
Carl B Posted - 07/07/2019 : 12:07:33 PM
As always, excellent work Tony.

Is the ball and finial a casting?
Nelson458 Posted - 07/07/2019 : 12:01:21 PM
Well, long time getting this done, but then I don't do much sometimes for as much as a week or more. But, except for some details I might add to the decking, I'm done with the tank. I still have a storeage shed to do, no telling how long I'll be on that one .

So here are some updates. Hope you enjoy and get some good modeling ideas.

This is how I made the ladders. Cutting some 2x2's to length, I taped them to a note pad where I had drawn some lines for the rungs and posts. Doing more in a row makes it easier to do almost as many ladders as you need, and they will all be close enough to identical looking.

The railings, made with 3x3's and2x4's I think. The posts on the deck go through, first drilling a slightly undersize hole, then squaring it up with an exact-o for a tight fit.

The finished shots.

Nelson458 Posted - 06/20/2019 : 10:22:37 AM
Thank you Michael, Robert and George. Appreciate your comments.

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