Train Room Progress

Discussion in 'Photos & Videos' started by spitfire, Dec 14, 2004.

  1. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Now that I have finalized my trackplan, I can really start the layout in earnest.
    Step one was to complete the strapping around the walls and then it's backdrop and benchwork.

    I was lucky enough to get help from my mom's handyman. I did the sawing and he did the drilling. I had done the first of the strapping myself, but what it takes me a day to do, he can do in 1/2 an hour!!!

    Tomorrow, he's going to lend me his nail gun, and I will put up the masonite backdrop. The photos are numbered and basically continue in a 360° panorama.


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  2. Charles Mark

    Charles Mark Member

    What did you use for your background [sky/clouds]? I am ready to buy masonite for my N scale. I think I will need approx. 21'. I am wondering how tall to have the masonite [24" or full size 48". I'm not sure if I want to try painting or buying ready made. I'm not sure how I will secure it either [probably just screw into wallboard]
  3. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Hi Charles

    My background is painted masonite. The clouds are stencilled as per Gavin Miller's excellent instructions, which you can findhere

  4. Looks great, Val. You've got a great space to work in there with good lighting as well. Looking forward to seeing it progress.
  5. Woodie

    Woodie Active Member

    Looking good Val. :) :thumb:

    But a word of advice. See that doorway? Don't get too over exuberant with the wall panelling and mistake the doorway for where wall is supposed to go. You won't be able to find your way out, and you might get stuck in there forever!! hehehehehe :eek:
  6. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    Pleased to see you are getting help Val. I know some of said we would come and help too.
    As long as you don't ask us to find space for all the stuff that is stored and has to be moved somewhere else. Good progress so far.
  7. TrainClown

    TrainClown Member

    Real cool Val! Yer on yer way now. ;)

    TrainClown :)
  8. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Thanks folks! Woody, what do you mean "a door"? Why would I ever need to leave my train room?

    Robin, I thought I'd do all the heavy lifting before you guys got here!! :rolleyes:

  9. theBear

    theBear Member


    Looks like you are a lot further along than I am. It is good to see things progress.

    Great space [​IMG] to have and it looks like you are doing it up in fine fashion [​IMG].

    Maybe after the holidays I'll get to the hammer, saw, and nails end of things.
  10. SAL Comet

    SAL Comet Member

    That's a nice space Val, can we see your track plan?
  11. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Sure! Here it is. The blue track is elevated 2.5". From staging on the lower right, a train can take the left turnout into the yard, or it can continue up the grade to join the upper track. The trolley track on the city module is separately wired and powered. The main layout will be DCC, the trolley will be DC.

    The layout is based on Toronto in 1954 - 56 and features heavy industries such as Massey Fergusson and Inglis on the left, and oil shipping, scrap yards and possibly a cement plant on the lower right.

    Now I can just see you guys picturing all the track I could add to the peninsula :D :D but, sorry, there ain't gonna be any street trackage - and that's final!!! As cool as that is, Toronto never had any in the downtown area I'm modelling.

    For those who know the city, left is the west end, and bottom right is the east end (if you straighted everything out). Of course that would put the city in the lake (!), so it would actually be behind the yard.

    I might do a little minor tweaking here and there but basically this is it!


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  12. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    The room is looking good Val!
  13. Charles Mark

    Charles Mark Member

    I have my masonite cut to 24" high and when mounted to wall will be 21 -23' long [N scale] What type of paint did you use for sky and clouds [latex or oil?] Did you use a roller or brush for the sky? Thanks
  14. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Charles, I used latex paint. First a coat of primer and then a coat of Pratt & Lambert "Alaskan Blue", both applied with a roller for a smooth finish. Finally I spray-painted the clouds as per Gavin Miller's stencil method.

  15. Val...

    We're going in a similar direction. After the holidays I have to finish my RR room and get ready for the benchwork in the Spring. Looking good! Keep us posted on the progress!!

  16. Charles Mark

    Charles Mark Member

    Thanks for the info Val. Nice work all around on your layout so far. I didn't see the dimensions on your plan. It looks large.
  17. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Charles, you didn't see them because I forgot to include them!!! The room is 12' x 16'.

  18. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    More progress over the weekend. I got the backdrop up and it has a coat of primer. I wanted to have curved corners, but since I am using full width masonite I found that I cannot get the curves I want. The radius would have to be so big as to seriously cut into the layout, so unfortunately no curves.
    Now I am off to get some 1x4's, and when I get back I can paint the backdrop sky blue. Hope to start on the benchwork this evening.

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  19. Doc Holliday

    Doc Holliday Member

    WAY COOL! :thumb: Keep the pics coming.
  20. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    You asked for it Doc! I've painted all the backdrop blue now. Here's a shot from the same corner as the previous one. You can see I am going to have to do some blending of the clouds that I did much earlier. If it doesn't work I can always paint the whole thing blue and start over.


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