Eric, The engine house was a Down Town Deco kit that has been out of production for years. The molds were sold to Dennis Brennan who never made this kit but uses the wall molds to make his round house kit..
Here are some pictures of my layout and a link to a 20 minute video of my layout. Enjoy an in-depth and immersive tour of the SG&S Railroad layout. Built and operated by Stu Gralnik & Son. Video by Aaron Gralnik https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Py-XoybpaE You can see more layout pictures of this layout and my first layout on my Model Building Services web page link at the bottom of my post.
The Valley Forge Model Train Show sponsored by Lionel Operating Train Society is scheduled for July 16 at the Radisson Valley Forge Hotel. The show is being held during the Society's 37th Annual Convention. http://www.lots-trains.org/2016ConvFebSWITCHER.pdf We still have tables available and space for a few more modular layouts. All scales and gauges are welcome. You do not need to be a Member of LOTS to set up at our show. More details can be found at the following link....
Hi everyone! Today I have all the footage that I filmed while on the Farewell to the AEM-7 Amtrak Excursion and from the Wilmington Delaware shop tour. This was such a fun day, and I am so happy I was able to experience it. If you have any questions, I cannot reply until I get back from camp in three weeks, however, once I am back, I will respond. Enjoy! https://youtu.be/1zumOm2T-y4
Hi everyone, In honor of my layout's second birthday, I decided to make a full tour video for YouTube. Enjoy, and check my channel soon for a very long train running session! https://youtu.be/pYDueXHs8uo
Thanks for the photos. I wonder what that strange thing is on the steam line to the air compressor. Is that the governor? If you really want to know what it's like to fire/run a Disney engine, a computer simulator is going to be available in a couple days: DRR Locomotive Simulator
We did it years back.... worth every penny, even tho you have to get up in the dark to get there! I was impressed to see what it looks like in the park with no one there! Lots of good info on the tour too. We found out that you can tell how many people are in the park based on the number of trains running on the loop. Great stories about the history of the trains and the people involved in buying and re-doing them.
I was staring at that as well. It's certainly in the position that a governor is usually mounted, but it definitely isn't your traditional governor. It looks like it probably works in a similar way, but is more exposed.
Nice pics! I've done the tour twice I liked it so much. It's quite a cool thing to see when they fire up the engine by basically tossing a ball of fire into the firebox to get it going. The people doing that have nerves of steel as far as I am concerned, fire proof gloves or not! Did the guides happen to mention what all the plastic was up in the engine house for? That wasn't like that either time I took the tour (I don't think). Maybe they were painting or renovating something? -Dave
It's really a piece of cake if you take the proper precautions i.e., make sure you run the blower for a bit so that all the volatile gasses are eliminated. This will help in keeping your eyebrows intact.
Years back I was looking at an electrical job for a general contractor I worked with. The house was on the north shore of Long Island in a very exclusive community. The house was about 4,000 sq ft. Nothing special but it was right on LI Sound and you could see Manhattan on a clear day. Well I'm checking out the house and we are going through the basement. I ask him what's behind a door and he says he's not sure. I think you can guess where this is going, I find a 20' X 30' O gauge layout!
Hi Mallard 4468 Mr & Mrs Walton are selling this home with the layout by "Owner", at this point. He is very passionate about this layout and he is going to teach the new owner all about the design and operation. Thanks for taking a look: Gary
I would sell mine with my layout if there was an intereseted party. BUT I would put lots of caveats on it. I built it and I can maintain it and I tried to keep wiring diagrams and notes on everything I did. However, realistically, it would be a bear for someone to come in and try to take over and maintain my layout. and they would probably not like my workmanship either - sometimes I don't even like it! I don't think I would buy a house with a layout. I have specific ideas of what I want to...
Gary, where is the house located? Looks attractive and I would buy that house with the layout, depending on location. Looks like there would be room for a decent O gauge layout in addition to the HO layout. Pete
This is a good thread as many of us 3 rail enthusiast that read this OGR Forum daily, are aging, with life changing issues, health, Retirement, lots of different situations....My wife says, sell the trains, and the Layout, and all the extra train cars, engines, whatever!!! So, this way We can sell the house and downsize....She is correct, because the train layout, like a back yard swimming pool are significant draw backs for buyers considerations, Or is it?? In all seriousness, I would love...
A train layout is NOT the same as a swimming pool; Sorry there is value to a pool, or a new remodeled kitchen, or a new powder room or a new roof. Nada for a train layout no matter how well built or detailed or in a magazine or video. It's unappreciated or under-appreciated artwork. Most buyers look at it as a "choo-choo" and would rather have the space to store old tires! EXCEPT if one of us buys one of your houses with a layout well that is a different story.
Would you buy a home with an award winning layout or sell your home with your train layout? 1. This home has a award winning model train layout in the basement. 2. Famous Model Railroader, Pete Walton has his home for sale and he is giving tours on YouTube. 3. This layout was featured in Model Railroaders: “Great Model Railroads of 2018” . 4. This could be your home with a ward winning layout, "Turn Key Layout" Discussion questions. 1. Would you purchase a home with a turn key layout? 2.
It would seem that is the death blow to most potential scenarios playing out positively. I'm not a realtor or anything, but I suspect every realtor would say the same. If you were comfortable doing a For Sale By Owner (FSBO), and could find a buyer who both: a)wanted a train layout and b) was OK with buying a FSBO, then it might work. You are obviously reducing the target audience to something nearing zero with those criteria overlapping in a qualified buyer though. I recall most of the home...
Hi Pete: The house is located on the Golf Course in the safe Del Webb Community in Huntley Illinois, and if you’d like to contact Pete you can contact him by e-mail. His e-mail address is in the video description and he gives more contact information in the video. Good luck & this may be the home for you: Gary
We're here for the long haul. I built my house and have done any improvements and changes to it over the past forty-five years. Now I am building an indoor layout. I have an outdoor railway in large scale. So when I have to leave here it will be because they're dragging me out.....LOL
Mine was a shelf-layout that ran between four rooms on the second story. Tunnels through walls and a bowl of spaghetti wire in the attic to boot. What I did was to have it running with three trains when the realtor came to do his initial walk-through. He said, "Keep it." Within about two weeks, we had a full-price buyer (and this was in 2013, when Reno, Nevada, was no where near recovered from the mortgage mess of 2007-2008), and she insisted it stay. I left behind a Z4000, the TIU, AIU,...
On a similar note. Buying or selling a house where there is an in ground pool is tough from both ends. Some people want a pool while I would imagine most would not. Some sellers think a pool is a selling point, while others would fill it in to sell the house.
It would be a shame if such a great layout was demolished. Unfortunately, that's often what happens, especially since each home layout represents one person's unique vision. Personally, I wouldn't pay a premium for a house with a layout - I would look at buying such a house as a win/win - buyer gets the layout, seller doesn't have the financial and psychological costs of demolishing it and hauling it away. I think I found the neighborhood on Zillow. Didn't find a listing for that particular...
As a realtor AND a model railroader I have mixed emotions with this prospect. This is indeed a world-class layout but as has been mentioned above, the layout greatly reduces the pool of potential buyers out there. Not impossible, but very limiting! We went through a similar scenario back in 2011-12 when my wife wanted to move from our beautiful mountain home near here which had become impractical for a family our age. We had built our first-ever real layout that was an "L" configuration 16'...
In my case the layout won't come down while I'm alive, nor will the house be sold while I'm alive. When I'm gone, I suspect my wife will keep the house for quite a while. In the next year or so I expect to put together an operating group, so even when I'm gone, they can continue to meet and enjoy the layout. When the house finally does sell, the layout will still be standing. There is no reason to tear it down because the house has so much other space. The house has 8900 square feet. The...
1. If I were in the market for a house, YES, I would buy one with a layout. 2. I would not buy this house, because there is no way in heck I'm moving to Illinois. Being on a golf course is nice, but not necessary. 3. I would not sell my layout with my house. I've invested too much effort into it, I'm not leaving it behind, even if I have to disassemble and drag it with me.
My layout is built to be destroyed...nothing is permanent. Mostly, mine is folding tables with drywall sheets on them. The tables are always useful and the drywall was already in the basement. I had a winter Christmas layout for a while. once i sold everything off the top, i scraped the drywall, swept up the pieces, and then broke the drywall into manageable pieces to haul out of the basement.
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