Building - new house, "bonus room", and a layout (hopefully).
August 13, 2012
Discovered this magazine a few weeks ago and promptly subscribed. A great resource, especially good knowing that Joe started it. I first became acquainted with Joe's musing, blogs and website several years ago. I subscribed to the CD series and have thoroughly enjoyed learning from them.
I started with an HO layout of sorts while in junior high, using paper route money to buy stuff. I had an 8' long by about 2' wide piece of plywood that allowed me to do some switching of the Varney cars that I put together. The engine was a rubber band drive F3 that could hardly pull itself down the track. But, it did work and it really did switch some cars. I still have some of those cars and the engine, but they aren't in very good shape after being tossed around for over 60 years.
Jobs, businesses, and entrepreneurship became first priority over the years so hobbies suffered. Finally after really "retiring" we built a new smaller home that has a bonus room over the large garage. When we built, I left this unfinished in the hopes that I could negotiate a substantial portion to a railroad. Lo and behold, my wife decided that she could get along with a 12' by 14' room and I could have the rest - 14' by 16'. The next day I started wiring it before she could change her mind!
The rooms are now in the sheet rock finishing stage - wiring done, HVAC in, insulation done, and almost all the sheetrock hung. Just a few more large pieces to go, then come the (UGH) taping and mudding. (I hate sheetrock!) Then comes some paint, flooring and trim. I have just gotten to the Feb. 2012 issue and read Charlie's soapbox. Thank you!!!, Charlie. You make me feel better.
Several years ago I started accumulating stuff from eBay and swap meets with the intent to eventually build a layout. I have track, a lot of code 100 brass, quite a bit of code 83 NS and a variety of turnouts, about 100+ rolling stock, mainly in the era of 1970 to 1990.
I am thinking about an "E" shape benchwork built in modules that could be taken apart reasonably easily to make changes or to move out. A two or three turn helix to an upper shelf for hidden return main line and a two or three turn helix below the first for staging. The shape of the ceiling (attic type knee walls) limits the height of the benches. The main bench can't be higher than about 45" which would place the upper shelf at a maximum of about 54". The tentative area to sort of model would be from Vancouver north to about Chehalis or so. With liberal interpretation of the prototype. The Chelatchie prairie branch wouldn't really look like it is now, but would be a much more active one, industry wise.
My house is about 1/2 mile west of Heisson, within sight of the the crossing there. Visiting my uncle's place in the late 50's and 60's south of Heisson I would see the LP&N 2-8-0 struggle up the grade from Heisson to Battle Ground Lake.
I will try to once in a while add to this blog so if anyone is interested or have any comments I would welcome them.
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