my wife has a plan

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by old trackman, Apr 20, 2003.

  1. old trackman

    old trackman New Member

    My wife says if I put paneling in the upstairs porch and replace two windows, and texture the ceiling I could put my future layout in that room. That also includes the trim. I plan on building two L shaped counters and they will be 6 Ft. one way and 8 FT. the other way. My train can be next to the kitchen and don't have to go outside to enjoy them. I realize all the work I must do before I can even build my layout, but it will be nice eventually. My question to all you guys who already have your layout is, can I have a nice setup and run more than one train? Can anyone mail me or post some kind of plan I could go by? Thanks.
  2. interurban

    interurban Active Member

    Hi Henry, Get out all your tools and make the lady happy.Only then will you be HAPPY:D :D :D
    Tell the guys what your wish list is what scale it will be , passenger? Freight ? Type ect ect;)
    And they will be throwing a lot of Ideas your way.:)
  3. old trackman

    old trackman New Member

    Oops I almost forgot to tell you it will be N- Gauge. I want to run two or more trains at once and want a double bridge. I have a roundhouse. i want some passenger cars and the usual deisel with box cars. Please help with some kind of track plan. When the wife gets what she wants, I get what I want.
  4. cidchase

    cidchase Active Member

    Hi Henry,
    Can you create a drawing of the area, including doors, windows, your L-shapes, etc.? Dimensions would help, too. Just use your Paint program for a rough sketch, doesn't need to be very detailed. How high do you want your bottom level, and do you want inclines/mountains? Are the bridges to connect the two L-shapes?
    Maybe you could post your sketch in the Track Planning section.
    There are many layout ideas in some inexpensive layout books at your LHS. :) :) :)
  5. Clerk

    Clerk Active Member

    Whenever your wife makes a suggestion that falls in your lap, grab it.

    My wife got tired if me bitching about my old layout and suggested I take it down and build a new one. I did and am now working on a layout over twice as big as the old one. Now every time she walks by, she glances at it with a kind of regret look but doesn't say anything and I just keep happily running trains on my double track and once in a while do some landscaping or more building.
  6. old trackman

    old trackman New Member

    I suppose I better think about remodeling the porch so I can have what I want. Actually we have been wondering where I could set up track and this is the perfect place. I know it will be awhile, but it will happen. I have a woodshop with everything I need. I've been doing alot to the whole house so this is just one more project. Maybe I could set up a small oval just to watch my trains go round and round untill I get ready.
  7. Clerk

    Clerk Active Member

    Henry. That is what I did. Once I got the benchwork done and the cover on, I promptly layed my first main line and I was tickled pink to have a complete circle to run my trains on. Then I eventually got the second main line finished and I was in heaven. After that I alternated between doing landscaping and installing the switching yard and am still working on the landscaping. I still have to ballast the tracks but am in no hurry as long as I can run my trains.
  8. rsn48

    rsn48 Member

    Since you really don't say much about width it is difficult to asses what you can do with your space; but if you can pull of some reversing loops with 16 inch curves, so about 40 inches across, you can have a wonderful layout in the size you propose.

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