Jim's layout topic/blog Dec 11, 2019 8:28:57 GMT -8 Colin 't Hart, jonklein611, and 2 more like this
Post by riogrande on Dec 11, 2019 8:28:57 GMT -8
It's completely worth having a pleasant train room with finished walls, floors, and ceiling. No concrete dust...good lighting...solid walls to tie in your benchwork.
That's my feeling too. There is guy on MRH and Model Railroadier forums building a CB&Q in Wyoming. While the layout is quite impressive so far, the cluttered and unfinished layout room totally distracts from the nice layout. Granted, it's a pretty large room with unfinished walls and ceiling with pipes running everywhere. When you see pictures of the layout, all that unfinished stuff is totally dominates the scenes when he shows wide photo's of the layout. I realize it's tempting when you move to have a large layout room to rush in and start building, but the result is less than satisfying. Not only is a layout much MUCH nicer in a finished room, it also increase the value of the property too, if done to professional standards.
When Photobucket pulled their stunt, I switched to Imgur. So far that's worked well for me as a host.
As for backdrops, I'm not sure what I'm going to do yet. Attching them to hardboard instead of directly to the drywall would keep them separate. What would be ideal is if the backdrops had a backing sort of like a post it not, something that would make it adhere but would allow it to be peeled off if ever needed.
This layout isn't really planned to be double decked, except partially. Sort of like Rob Spangler. Staging will be under the main yard and use the existing sections pictured above. Twelve inches above that will be the main yard. I plan a branch line on the lower level around part of the free standing part of the layout that will be scenicked but that's it. I have read that a lot of people who have done double decked layouts later didn't like that format. This is also my first shot at something this big so this is about as complicated as I want to get. Mostly single deck running with a branchline on the lower level for operating interest.
At present, I prefer not to used foam for sub-roadbed under track. I'd rather nail/spike the track down old school. It's easy to adjust or revise track in the early stages that way.