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Pennman
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Posted - 11/25/2017 :  12:42:56 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Around the beginning of October 2017, I acquired an On30 Critter engine and I have always wanted to build an engine house.
This is my first attempt to construct an engine house that I can run an On30 engine and an HO scale engine, without looking too far out of scale for each. I chose to use the Thomas Yorke Farmer's Bank kit as it looked like it would work for my needs.





I used a Thomas Yorke Farmers Bank kit - three walls and cut out the front two doors and steps. I cut off the stone sidewall peaks to accept the roof. I glued strip wood to the interior of the plaster walls to match the wood rear portion.



I added a wood rear building to add some character.




The base board is 1/4" luann plywood with 1/4" foam board glued together, 8" x 17", so if I want, I can use this for a test track or a shelf layout, if not make it wider for incorporating it into a bigger powered diorama with other structures.
The length of the engine house two portions together is 9 1/4" and the width is 3". I raised the height of the front stone entrance to 18 scale feet opening. This opening clears the top muffler of the On30 critter engine and the increased length of the engine house accomidates the length of any of my HO scale engines as well.







I am mounting this building on the terminal track base for running engines through the building. My idea here is to start building powered track dioramas.



The next picture shows the transformer wires hooked-up to the terminal track. I had to devise a way to cover them from view, so I made a narrow boardwalk to place in front of one of the sheds. Then, the constructed shed will cover the wires from view.




I made a small interior floor to cover the wires inside the shed.














The next picture is construction of the shed walls.




I wanted a unique looking shed, so I was searching for something different. Dave Revelia and Brian Nolan were working on a large scale engine house, and I noticed one of their interior walls had mesh screening on the top. I "borrowed" their design (Thanks Dave!)and made one for myself using wedding netting, found at Jo Ann's Fabric store, that appears to be in HO scale. This netting looks like chain-link fencing, but adapted well for my purpose here.

In the next picture, I am constructing some slider doors for my sheds. Since my engine house has to conform to two different scales, I am making them 10 scale feet high.
I start by laying out a few pieces of 2x8 stripwood.










Next up, I am using a 76 size drill to make holes in the top of the doors to attach eye hooks to hang on a wire for the slide mechanism.






I use fine wire, just big enough to accept the hole in the eye hooks, to make the doors slide.







With wire attached to shed side, here's the completed slider door.




I decided to construct three sets of slider doors for the sheds.





That's all for now, and thanks for looking in.
Rich

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Ensign
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Posted - 11/25/2017 :  12:57:46 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hey Rich, first off, nice to see you sharing your work with us here again!
And secondly, very creative and reimagining of that farmer's bank into your engine house.
I really like your idea for turning those slider doors into working sliding doors.
Looking forward to seeing your next steps with this project!

Greg Shinnie



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Pennman
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Posted - 11/25/2017 :  1:03:45 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Ensign

Hey Rich, first off, nice to see you sharing your work with us here again!
And secondly, very creative and reimagining of that farmer's bank into your engine house.
I really like your idea for turning those slider doors into working sliding doors.
Looking forward to seeing your next steps with this project!

Greg Shinnie


Greg, First thanks for the "push" you gave me the other day. I know it's been almost a whole year since I posted any of my projects, whew! dosen't the world go by fast!
Your posts are always a great read and tutorial for information. I am trying to conform in similar fashion. Thanks for the nice comments.
Rich



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Dave D
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Posted - 11/25/2017 :  1:09:27 PM  Show Profile  Click to see Dave D's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
Rich,
Great idea adding to the bank and well executed.

Sliding side doors and the screen are a real nice touchs too.

Love it.

Hey, would you mind shooing that critter out of there for a better view?

I like the look of it.

Dave



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Pennman
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Posted - 11/25/2017 :  1:20:07 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Finished up the slider doors.






And Engine House doors, that will be hinged.






Rich



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Pennman
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Posted - 11/25/2017 :  1:29:49 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Dave D

Rich,
Great idea adding to the bank and well executed.

Sliding side doors and the screen are a real nice touchs too.

Love it.

Hey, would you mind shooing that critter out of there for a better view?



I like the look of it.

Dave


Thanks Dave!













I acquired this engine from a special sale made exclusively by friends of a gentleman who had recently been diagnosed with a fatal illness and he was trying to sell his personal collection of scratchbuilt engines to gain money needed for medical purposes. It is by far one of the nicest engines I have bought to date.

Rich



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ed k
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Posted - 11/25/2017 :  1:33:21 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Beautiful work Rich.
ed



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Pennman
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Posted - 11/25/2017 :  1:34:23 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by ed k

Beautiful work Rich.
ed



Thanks ED, much appreciated.
Rich



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southpier
Engine Wiper

Posted - 11/25/2017 :  1:36:39 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
great looking prime mover. does Dan or Tom realize there's a typo on their box? or more creative license?


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Pennman
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Posted - 11/25/2017 :  1:40:19 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by southpier

great looking prime mover. does Dan or Tom realize there's a typo on their box? or more creative license?


Hey thanks for the nice comment.
Regarding the typo, I 'm not sure what you mean, looks fine to me.
Rich



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George D
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Posted - 11/25/2017 :  1:48:37 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Innovative work you're doing on the engine house, Rich. Looks good.

George



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Pennman
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Posted - 11/25/2017 :  1:52:14 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by George D

Innovative work you're doing on the engine house, Rich. Looks good.

George



Thank you, George, for the nice comment.
Sorry for the lengthy post on "sitenews", but I wasn't sure it would take up that much space.
Rich



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Dave D
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Posted - 11/25/2017 :  2:09:56 PM  Show Profile  Click to see Dave D's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
Lovin #7 too Rich...Very cool!

I can see why your building a home for it.

Exclusivly.

I bet that was Yorke. lol



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Pennman
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Posted - 11/25/2017 :  2:10:22 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Continuing with this build, I have constructed one shed for placement.













Next up, both sheds built.






Rich



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Carl B
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Posted - 11/25/2017 :  2:11:02 PM  Show Profile  Visit Carl B's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Rich- the typo Southpier mentioned is in the box label, the word "exclusively" ....it's missing the last "e"

Anyways, this stuff looks really good Rich.... Wow... big post....



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Pennman
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Posted - 11/25/2017 :  2:16:00 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by Carl B



Anyways, this stuff looks really good Rich.... Wow... big post....



Thanks for the nice comments Carl. Big post due to the fact this was started one month ago. And I'm certainly glad to have taken progress photo's so I can upload them now.
Rich



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