roundhouse question

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by cedarcreekrr, Dec 7, 2006.

  1. cedarcreekrr

    cedarcreekrr Member

    I am working on my first structure a 15 stall roundhouse and would like to know if I should use lights inside. If I use lights what kind would you suggest. I'll have some pictures of my progress tommorrow.
  2. hooknlad

    hooknlad Member

    nice, i cant wait to see it. id use the small wheat grain lites somewhere in the middle of the round house. id drken all the walls and celing so they are not translucent. id also inclusesome type of welding flash in there as well... my 2 cents...
  3. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    I don't think a round house would appear to be lit up like a christmas tree. I would use small grain of wheat or grain of rice bulbs, and I would power them with variable dc and adjust the level of light until it looks good to you.
  4. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

  5. cedarcreekrr

    cedarcreekrr Member

    progress pictures

    I will look into the small lights thanks for the tip.

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  6. steamhead

    steamhead Active Member

    WOW...!!! I expected to see a 5-6 stall roundhouse. You've gone overboard...!!! That's a great job. What is the framing made of? I've got a smaller r'house in my future, so any pointers would help.
    And, yes. I would put lighting inside-controlled by a dimmer as was mentioned before. I've got lights in all my structures and makes for very interesting "night" operations.

    Keep the pics coming.:thumb:
  7. cedarcreekrr

    cedarcreekrr Member

    It is a kit from heljen, I wound up with extra windows because they use the same set no matter what the kit add on or stand alone. This is one stand alone and four add on kits. I plan on using this as the cornerstone of my layout. As I complete each phase I will send pictures.
  8. nachoman

    nachoman Guest

    you are gonna need a nice fleet of locos to fill all those stalls.

  9. cedarcreekrr

    cedarcreekrr Member

    I need 11 more. I have to convince my wife I really need them. I am trying to have my service terminal layout like the city I live in was like in the 30's to 50's. I choose not to do the 1900's because they had a 32 stall roundhouse then.
  10. fsm1000

    fsm1000 Member

    WOW that is a great roundhouse. Wanna do mine for me? LOL :D
  11. nkp174

    nkp174 Active Member

    Do you have any plans to add some outdoor tracks? A combination of lighting the engine house and having outdoor tracks maximizes your ability to not only display your structure, but also your displaying your motive power fleet.

    I'd also look into creating some optical illusions by not filling the enginehouse, but placing just enough locomotives at the ride places to make it seem full.
  12. TruckLover

    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

    WOW, that is one HUGE roundhouse:eek:

    Well done, It looks SWEET and I like it:thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
  13. coaster

    coaster Member

    I think lights will make a great addition to that structure, Michael -- in fact, I think the darn thing practically cries out for them! -- but I'd reiterate the importance of what hooknlad's already mentioned about darkening (really painting) the interior walls. That, and make doubly sure you don't have any gaps in wall joints or between walls and roofing. Light seeping out through the cracks (or glowing through the plastic walls) will wreck any hopes for heightened realism! Great job so far, by the way!

    -- Paul
  14. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    The only drawback to darkening the interior walls is that in fact many roundhouses were whitewashed inside to improve lighting. At least the upper walls and ceiling were white (for as long as it lasted); the walls below about 5 feet were often dark to keep appearances neat.

    If you do end up with cracks or joints not quite right, you can fill them with putty. If it's a place that cannot be seen from outside, tinfoil is light-proof... :)

  15. coaster

    coaster Member

    Good point regarding the whitewashed interiors (although this practice depended upon individual railroads' procedures). In any event, whether one darkens the interior walls or paints them white, the result (and purpose) is the same: to keep the lights from glowing through the "brick" walls and showing them up as plastic.

  16. cedarcreekrr

    cedarcreekrr Member

    Thanks For The Tip On Painting The Inside So Light Would Not Show Through, I Just Got Some Lights Yesterday But They Did Not Have Enough So I Will Wait To Finish The Lighting. But I Have Some Painting To Do. I Also Took The Suggestion On A Welding Flash I Can't Wait To See If It Works.
  17. coaster

    coaster Member

    For some reason, this part of your original message just registered with me. Your . . . first . . . structure . . . now let me just make sure what you're saying here: That's first, f-i-r-s-t, as in numero uno, as in "gee, I've never done this before . . ." and so you decide to build a 15-stall roundhouse? And you've already got it to this point? And it's looking that good?

    I think you may have a future in this hobby, son . . .

  18. cedarcreekrr

    cedarcreekrr Member

    Yes, but I am and Industrial Arts teacher by trade so this hobby fits my interest. It has has everything construction, eletricity, model building and you get to run the trains when you get finished with the other stuff.
  19. Ralph

    Ralph's for fun!

    That has to be one of the better summaries of why model railroading is such a great hobby! :thumb: Terrific looking roundhouse! Looking forward to updates.
  20. hooknlad

    hooknlad Member

    Paul - Thank you for the kind words about the wall darkening idea. Thanx again.

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