Renovating attic for train room

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by RobertInOntario, Aug 1, 2006.

  1. RobertInOntario

    RobertInOntario Active Member

    Yes, it would be a bit crammed. I guess I've been inspired by many lofts/attics in British houses that, while they are small, do have railroads running around their perimeters. I've seen and read about these, and that's where I got my idea from. At any rate, I'm not in a rush and I hope to have a contractor come over later this summer or fall. Thanks.
  2. RobertInOntario

    RobertInOntario Active Member

    Thanks, doctorwayne, these are excellent ideas!! Good points about the taxes (i.e. that we're already paying taxes for a rundown garage and probably wouldn't pay that much more for a new one). Also good points about only insulating the second level and running heaters or a window A/C when needed, etc. I'll certainly look into this.

    I should say that we DO have a basement, but a friend of ours uses it during the week. And I also have a 4x6' layout down there but I have to stow it away after I use it on weekends. So it would be great to find a more permanent space.

    The other option would be to sell and move out of Toronto (quite a nice idea actually!) but we probably wouldn't want to move for a few years yet.

    Thanks again. These are very helpful ideas, raising many points that I hadn't thought of.
  3. Thoroughbreed

    Thoroughbreed Member

    I too am thinkin of exploring the same up there, as mine is about 35' x 40' across and you can stand in the mid to outer 3/4 th's of it. I've got a task list to get up there and re-insulte it, so I thought I'd look into maybe layin down the boards for a floor and seein what I can do. Been up there a few times a;lready, but haven't paid much attention to it (kinda woozy from meds, got alot of time of recently from back injury at work) and the misses wont let me do to much, so I spend alot of my time ordering cars to put together. Just recently finished 2 accurail 89' open autoracks, 1 in pennsy the other in pen central. Got 2 more comin in theis week, both Southerns, 1 bi-level 2nd tri-level. As soon as I'm finished with them, gonna get the Seaboard's, in both colors. Also got 3 Riverossi heavyweights comin in to finish off my set of heavyweights for my santa fe excursion. That gives me 8 cars for my 4-8-4 northern to pull. I've been upgradin each car as I've received it, adding weight, internal seating, changing to kadees body mounted. But back to the attic, my house was built in the 50's, so as I've looked at the ceiling joists and placement, I do believe it will accomodate my adding the dead weight of the wood and some live weight of 2 occupants for a few hours a day. But gotta get into the fiberglass first LOL!!!

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