11 - 10 .... What's your secret

Discussion in 'The Caboose' started by N Gauger, Nov 10, 2006.

  1. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

    How do you protect your scenery from: Cats, Dogs, Reaching arms that can mess up scenery along the edge of your layout.. (This also goes for us that have "bellies" - when you reack over and your belly re-arrainges your scenery) :D :D
  2. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    A sign - "no cats allowed" ;) :D

    Actually, we don't have cats, and the dog is too lazy to jump on the workbench...

  3. jasbourre

    jasbourre Member

    Found the cat in the tunnel once, only once...
    I put a plexyglass sheild arround the edge.
  4. railohio

    railohio Active Member

    I keep the basement door closed.
  5. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

    That seems like the definitive answer for pets! :)
  6. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    The problem of pets can be solved by closing doors to restrict access to the room, but the problem of wrecking scenery by arms or other appendages can only be solved in the planning stages of the layout. I think the most common problem we see here on the Gauge in the track planning forum is people who try to use bench work that is way too deep to reach the back without damage to the front. The benchwork and scenery needs to be planned carefully to enable the operator to rerail trains and do switching without bumping the scenery.
  7. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

    Yeah - good points Russ!! :D My difficulties, lie in the fact that we have the kitty litter in the basement :( so we cant restrict access... :(

    The scenery near the edge of my platfiorm is in some danger - be cause of the same reason you stated above :) My belt line is even with the layout..... OOps!!!!!!
  8. green_elite_cab

    green_elite_cab Keep It Moving!

    Its a secret, tell no one.....

    Hermit crabs. i'm serious, it works.... it might look like a 1950s horror movie but it keeps the cats at bay. unfortuneatly mine died...

    that, and my cats don't care for the trains, which is good, because my parents forced on cat into the basement.
  9. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    'Nuff said...:thumb:

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  10. AndyWS

    AndyWS Member

    True story: A few years ago, a mouse that was scurrying around the basement shimmied up the power cord and onto the train table. It began crawling onto the train parked on the mainline, so of course I switched on the layout and started up the train. Needless to say that mouse did not stick around for long! sign1
  11. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    Not a problem, easily solved. No pets, no problem, that simple....:thumb: :thumb:
  12. eightyeightfan1

    eightyeightfan1 Now I'm AMP'd

    If I told you my secret...It wouldn't be a secret anymore.
    Any way..Having the layout in the attic keeps 65 pounds of Norweigian Elkhound away from it....Stern voice and a watchful eye keeps liitle hands from touching.
  13. green_elite_cab

    green_elite_cab Keep It Moving!

    that does work.....
  14. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

    That's What I Need!!!! A G gauge Tank!!!!!!
  15. 2-8-2

    2-8-2 Member

    No pets=no problems. The youngins on the other hand, could be a problem. They're 5 and 7, and SHOULD know better, but we'll see how that goes.

    I cringe at the thought of hearing, "Daddy, how much does one of those trains cost?"
  16. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah


    Here is what I have.
    Picture 1 is the door to the basement -- the previous owner had taken it off and I put an accordion door on; the cat manages to open he door so it got a latch -- both sides.
    Picture 2 is a project: the wire cage is to be kitbashed into a signal box. Cat seems content to be in it - he curls up and goes to sleep or just watches.

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  17. Jim Krause

    Jim Krause Active Member

    I saw an outdoor railroad photo once where a train had run over a frog. Not a good result for the frog. on a more serious note, we use plexiglas on our club layout to keep animals away, the human kind. This past summer while the museum and model railroad was open full time, we had a problem with one kid who found two 1 inch holes in the plexiglas that we use for raising the window to do track maintenance. He made a point of finding a long stick so he could push some buildings onto the right-of-way so the trains would run into them. We covered the holes and he came back and bent the covers over and tried again. No problems with cats and dogs.
  18. TrainNut

    TrainNut Ditat Deus

    & where were this kids parents?
  19. Jim Krause

    Jim Krause Active Member

    It was one of those situations where a well meaning museum volunteer would let the local kids come in and tour the museum. Our layout is in a separate building from the main museum. Policy has since been changed and parents are now required. Too bad, because the kids did enjoy the trains and the volunteers even provided quarters so the kids could run the layout.
  20. nkp174

    nkp174 Active Member

    My wife and I got a pair of cats this past spring...unfortunately, my workbench is in the same guest bedroom that their favorite bed is in. So long as I keep the blinds shut on that window and I'm not in there, they leave it alone. They only seem to jump up there when I'm in their working. I do have to be careful with my under construction On3 modules...the cats seem to think the foam is fun to chew on...one of our cats is a goat. My solution is to leave the foam on our third floor loft with the door shut.

    Growing up, my parents' first cat never bothered our HO layout...or the LGB at Christmas time. Unfortunately, when he died circa 5th grade, the three cats we got there after took a liking to the model railroad. Midway through HS I completely rewired the layout since they liked to snack on the wiring and my dad had to replace all of the cross bracing on his scratch built 3' long, 1' tall, curved trestle. I also had to re-plaster several mountains where catzilla had smashed them. The worst is when the vomit hairballs on the layout...one time they got a stockcar. In the 5 years since I moved to Cincinnati, I've fallen behind on layout maintence and most of the equipment is in my loft down here to protect it from their cats.

    All they've really needed is to install accordian doors at the entrance to the room.

    Here are two pictures of damage...and repaired damage. The 4-4-0 with the passenger train in the distance is on the repaired trestle. To the left of the tunnel portal in the same picture is the mountian side that was repaired. In the other picture is a scene of 1:1 scale cat vomit (hairball) with a 1:87 scale 4-4-0.

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