Forum Sponsorsss


Forums General General Discussion
  • Topic: G Scale railway indoors

    Back To Topics
    (0 rates)
    • January 10, 2018 4:13 AM EST
      • Bomaderry, NSW Australia
         
      • Posts
        166
      • Thanks
        8
      • Thanked
        13
      • Reputation
        Well Respected

      G Scale railway indoors

      I have just purchased my retirement house with 2 conjoined sheds one 6Metre x 7.5Metre and the other 6Metre x4.5Metre. 1M=approx. 3.3 Foot

      Original plan was to build a layout in the garden (raise about 1-1.5M above the ground to save the knees.

      The sheds now shed (no pun intended) a new light on whether to go outdoors subject to weather or all weather indoors.

      I am looking for inspiration on indoor layouts so am asking the group to help.

      Any suggestion welcome.

    • January 10, 2018 6:31 AM EST
      • Winmalee, NSW Australia
         
      • Posts
        70
      • Thanks
        71
      • Thanked
        2
      • Reputation
        Neutral

      Hi Graeme why not do both, layout in the shed connected to an outdoor layout. Best of both worlds.

      Mick

    • January 10, 2018 8:31 AM EST
      • Chaco, Paraguay
         
      • Posts
        2,249
      • Thanks
        74
      • Thanked
        96
      • Reputation
        Well Respected

      as i wrote on the other side already, do it! you can go on modeling indoors, when outdoors has become way too uncomfortable already.

      ____________________________________

       

      My Chaosplace ->  

    • January 10, 2018 8:51 AM EST
      • Curmudgeon at Large, Lynn Haven, FL
         
      • Posts
        1,940
      • Thanks
        50
      • Thanked
        108
      • Reputation
        Well Respected

      Gramme,

       

      Sounds like a lot of potential. Using smaller power and rolling stock, and R1 curves and switches would maximize the possibilities. Depending on the relative locations of the sheds, two indoor terminals with an with an exterior connection. The larger shed might be an interchange with the smaller shed being the point of delivery with multiple industries at both ends.

       

      FWIW, Bob C.

      ____________________________________

      We don't stop playing with trains because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing with trains.....

       

    • January 10, 2018 9:01 AM EST
      • Missouri
         
      • Posts
        1,962
      • Thanks
        79
      • Thanked
        96
      • Reputation
        Neutral

      Bob, that's an idea. And maybe at some future point add an intermediate terminal or junction on the outdoor connection route for days when it is grand to be outdoors.

    • January 10, 2018 11:51 AM EST
      • Fort Myers Beach & Annapolis, Florida & Maryland
         
      • Posts
        1,493
      • Thanks
        15
      • Thanked
        76
      • Reputation
        Well Respected

      Using smaller power and rolling stock, and R1 curves and switches

      With a minimum width of 4.5m (over 14') he doesn't need to use R1s.

       

      I'm in agreement with the concept of two small indoor layouts connected by an outdoor link.  A "dogbone" would give you continuous running for visitors and some neat possibilities in each shed.  Depends of course how far apart they are!

       

       

      This post was edited by Pete Thornton at January 10, 2018 11:53 AM EST
      ____________________________________

       

        Pete

    • January 10, 2018 12:30 PM EST
      • Curmudgeon at Large, Lynn Haven, FL
         
      • Posts
        1,940
      • Thanks
        50
      • Thanked
        108
      • Reputation
        Well Respected

      Pete, you missed the qualifying part of my comment, ".... would maximize the possibilities". Following Gramme's other posts I thought this an appropriate comment. I made no suggestion as to layout to dodge the great operations vs roundly round debate. 

      ____________________________________

      We don't stop playing with trains because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing with trains.....

       

    • January 10, 2018 4:03 PM EST
      • Bomaderry, NSW Australia
         
      • Posts
        166
      • Thanks
        8
      • Thanked
        13
      • Reputation
        Well Respected

      Bob Cope said:

      Gramme,

       

      Sounds like a lot of potential. Using smaller power and rolling stock, and R1 curves and switches would maximize the possibilities. Depending on the relative locations of the sheds, two indoor terminals with an with an exterior connection. The larger shed might be an interchange with the smaller shed being the point of delivery with multiple industries at both ends.

       

      FWIW, Bob C.

      The 2 sheds share a common wall that has been removed so are effectively one big shed 

      The larger is a total blank canvas so I can put anything in there.

      The smaller has a mezzanine for storage with a head clearance for me of about 6-9", it has a divider down the centre for about half the length.  These have been designated clean and dirty work areas clean being my electronics the dirty being the drill press grinder etc area.

       

    • January 10, 2018 4:32 PM EST
      • Smoggy L.A., Left Coast
         
      • Posts
        7,213
      • Thanks
        21
      • Thanked
        64
      • Reputation
        Well Respected

      If I can ever clear out my garage again I can get back to work on this, track is down but its covered by boxes currently. Gotham Harbor switching layout

      ____________________________________
      Have fun with your trains
    • January 10, 2018 5:14 PM EST
      • Candlewood Valley, Connecticut
         
      • Posts
        12,433
      • Thanks
        377
      • Thanked
        244
      • Reputation
        Well Respected

      Vic Smith said:

      If I can ever clear out my garage again I can get back to work on this, track is down but its covered by boxes currently. Gotham Harbor switching layout

      Vic. all you need to clear out that garage is a free weekend, a dumpster or two, and an I don't care attitude toward the stuff. My BIL did this twice while moving. Meanwhile I was catching as he was tossing, so basically his garage full of crap is now my garage full of crap

       

      ____________________________________

      www.cvsry.com www.cvsry.com

    • January 10, 2018 5:17 PM EST
      • Candlewood Valley, Connecticut
         
      • Posts
        12,433
      • Thanks
        377
      • Thanked
        244
      • Reputation
        Well Respected

      And, re the OP.  I like the outdoor connection idea. Don't know if you get winter weather there, but if you want to make it all weather, there could be a removable snow shed (rain cover) over the outdoor bench.  Now I wish I had some sheds (and a big wood stove to put in it).

       

      Good luck with your adventure. I really enjoy my indoor stuff since I expanded last winter.

      ____________________________________

      www.cvsry.com www.cvsry.com

    • January 10, 2018 5:32 PM EST
      • Smoggy L.A., Left Coast
         
      • Posts
        7,213
      • Thanks
        21
      • Thanked
        64
      • Reputation
        Well Respected

      Jon Radder said:
      Vic Smith said:

      If I can ever clear out my garage again I can get back to work on this, track is down but its covered by boxes currently. Gotham Harbor switching layout

      Vic. all you need to clear out that garage is a free weekend, a dumpster or two, and an I don't care attitude toward the stuff. My BIL did this twice while moving. Meanwhile I was catching as he was tossing, so basically his garage full of crap is now my garage full of crap

       

      Problem is its not MY stuff filling the garage, its SWMBO and who's stuff cannot be tossed without igniting WW3. I spent the holidays laying pavers behind the garage with the expectation that I will install a line of storage sheds to move the boxes into. Other larger stuff will have to be Ebayed or Craiglisted, but I have said enough is enough, I want my garage back.

      ____________________________________
      Have fun with your trains
    • January 10, 2018 8:00 PM EST
      • Saint Johns, Florida
         
      • Posts
        3,401
      • Thanks
        169
      • Thanked
        206
      • Reputation
        Well Respected

      I have the garage. My wife has the ENTIRE house!

      ____________________________________

       

       

    • January 11, 2018 4:31 AM EST
      • Bomaderry, NSW Australia
         
      • Posts
        166
      • Thanks
        8
      • Thanked
        13
      • Reputation
        Well Respected

      Joe Zullo said:

      I have the garage. My wife has the ENTIRE house!

      In Australia that's known as his shed/her shed   

    • January 11, 2018 4:36 AM EST
      • Bomaderry, NSW Australia
         
      • Posts
        166
      • Thanks
        8
      • Thanked
        13
      • Reputation
        Well Respected

      I am looking for examples of indoor layouts as well as suggestions, so keep the ideas coming.

      The hole in the wall idea was always on the horizon but is now gaining traction.

      I go to the house while a pre sale building inspection is being done tomorrow so more spying will take place to check out layout options (last chance to spy for a year).

      The train empire is rising young Padawan (apologies to Mr Lucas).  

       

    • January 11, 2018 7:35 AM EST
      • Chaco, Paraguay
         
      • Posts
        2,249
      • Thanks
        74
      • Thanked
        96
      • Reputation
        Well Respected

      Graeme Price said:

      I am looking for examples of indoor layouts as well as suggestions, so keep the ideas coming.

      ...

       

      1) read all the old stuff of the Indoor and Micro section.

      2) click on my link below in the signature.

      This post was edited by Korm Kormsen at January 11, 2018 7:39 AM EST
      ____________________________________

       

      My Chaosplace ->  

    • January 11, 2018 3:07 PM EST
      • Post Falls, Idaho
         
      • Posts
        6,291
      • Thanks
        702
      • Thanked
        219
      • Reputation
        Well Respected

      I am going to have both. But if I had the space there is no question I would build indoors. There is only a very small interest for me in the garden aspect of garden railroads. I will have some greenery but not a heck of a lot. I just like the big trains for the detail that can be put into them. I saw G scale while into N scale and had size envy. Inside is clean, dry, climate controlled, and will allow you to model G scale like it is HO or N. But thats what I like to do. It would be much harder (not impossible) to bring the garden indoors if you want real plants on your layout. But if i could combine the two as many have, where part of a continious layout is indoors and outdoors that would be wicked awesome.

      ____________________________________
    • January 11, 2018 3:12 PM EST
      • Post Falls, Idaho
         
      • Posts
        6,291
      • Thanks
        702
      • Thanked
        219
      • Reputation
        Well Respected

      Vic Smith said:
      Jon Radder said:

       

      Problem is its not MY stuff filling the garage,

      This makes the "I don't care attitude" easier. . .at least until she comes home

      ____________________________________
    • January 11, 2018 3:14 PM EST
      • Post Falls, Idaho
         
      • Posts
        6,291
      • Thanks
        702
      • Thanked
        219
      • Reputation
        Well Respected

      Another consideration Graeme is how you model. You are an excellent modeler who has a brilliant eye for detail. I think you could do great things indoors where weather wouldn't kill your stuff.

      ____________________________________
    • January 12, 2018 1:00 PM EST
      • Candlewood Valley, Connecticut
         
      • Posts
        12,433
      • Thanks
        377
      • Thanked
        244
      • Reputation
        Well Respected

      I started indoors with a dog bone loop and yards that filled my basement.   I expanded outdoors while reducing the indoor layout to one balloon track and yard. More recently I put outdoor expansion on hold and expanded indoors to allow more switching.  I can honestly say that I run more trains indoors than out.

       

      You can find my indoor expansion documented here in the thread Track plan ideas for indoor expansion,  but it's nothing special - just bench and track.

       

      EDIT to say: Strange - I thought that was the right thread, but there are a ton of pictures on-line that are not there. Probably another thread. I will look deeper later.

      This post was edited by Jon Radder at January 12, 2018 1:02 PM EST
      ____________________________________

      www.cvsry.com www.cvsry.com

Forums General General Discussion

    Icon Legend

  • Topic has replies
    Hot topic
    Topic unread
    Topic doesn't have any replies
    Closed topic
    BBCode  is enabled
    HTML  is enabled

Add Reputation

Do you want to add reputation for this user by this post?

or cancel

Ads by Google