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Well, in less than a week, I went from empty to nearly full. It's still a little chaotic, but that will improve with time to sort things out......

Some of my unit trains, like my coal train, my Juice train will be stored in "ready boxes" to take out and put away quickly......

Now, I am working to thin down the herd. The big pile is the stuff that I think I will sell.

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The pile to be sold......I have to go through it to be sure......

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You can see into the storage room here.....

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I think doing this and getting organized before the layout is being built is a fortuitous....

Have a great and safe weekend......and a thank you to all who have been following me on this journey....

Peter

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Getting all the trains out and inventorying them to see what you want to pass on to others is a good idea, Peter!  The walls look very impressive now.

Richie does have a point about sawdust, etc.  I kept my few trains in another while doing the heavy construction, but in an 11x11 room I couldn't do it any other way.  If I recall correctly, you have a good bit of room to maneuver between your shelves and planned layout.  Dust would still filter over, unless you had someone using a shop-vac to pick up everything as it is being cut.  Or....do you have a special sawing room, that will be sealed off from the layout room?  I know you thought of everything!!! 

@Richie C. posted:

Someone may have alluded to this before, but how will you keep the trains on the shelves from collecting sawdust or getting accidentally whacked by a 2 X 4 once layout construction begins ?   

Mianne Benchwork for the layout frame......

We'll just be careful when we cut the plywood sheets.....most will have minimal cuts.

Peter

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@Mark Boyce posted:

Getting all the trains out and inventorying them to see what you want to pass on to others is a good idea, Peter!  The walls look very impressive now.

Richie does have a point about sawdust, etc.  I kept my few trains in another while doing the heavy construction, but in an 11x11 room I couldn't do it any other way.  If I recall correctly, you have a good bit of room to maneuver between your shelves and planned layout.  Dust would still filter over, unless you had someone using a shop-vac to pick up everything as it is being cut.  Or....do you have a special sawing room, that will be sealed off from the layout room?  I know you thought of everything!!! 

Mianne Benchwork.

We'll just be careful when we cut the plywood sheets.....most will have minimal cuts.

Peter

Still got stuff to go through......it's like Santa keeps coming.....

Peter

Peter how I know that feeling I have unpacked stuff for the first time that I bought 15 years ago and forgot I had. I just finished another room in my basement that gave me more room to put up more shelves and unpack more stuff. But unlike you I don’t plan on parting with any yet! You are doing a fabulous job and the displays are looking fantastic. Keep up the great work and progress.

Peter, your train room and shelves are beautiful, but I'm curious to know what you and others think of having railroad backdrops.

I'm a big fan of around the walls layouts with railroad backdrops. IMO, the backdrops enhance the scenery, especially if they blend in nicely with the scenery, thereby enhancing photos and videos of the layout.

Here is an example of a photo of my layout with a homemade backdrop in the background:

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The above photo or a similar one appeared in the Photo Albums section of CTT magazine about 2 years ago.

I believe it may be possible to have both: shelves and backdrops, with the backdrops a foot or two away from the walls.

What do you folks think?

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Peter,  You are better stocked than any O gauge train store.

Nice work there Arnold, I totally agree.  One of my favorite benchwork jobs used this around the wall mural from Backdrop Warehouse:

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The Virginia Creeper  along the Abingdon VA line.  The 40" high bench work with a 36"  tall mural and coved corners brings you totally unto the setting when you are standing in the aisle walking your train from town to town.  Very immersing.

Always try to get the backdrop installed before the bench work.  Otherwise it is a back breaking job.

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Peter, your train room and shelves are beautiful, but I'm curious to know what you and others think of having railroad backdrops.

I'm a big fan of around the walls layouts with railroad backdrops. IMO, the backdrops enhance the scenery, especially if they blend in nicely with the scenery, thereby enhancing photos and videos of the layout.

Here is an example of a photo of my layout with a homemade backdrop in the background:

The above photo or a similar one appeared in the Photo Albums section of CTT magazine about 2 years ago.

I believe it may be possible to have both: shelves and backdrops, with the backdrops a foot or two away from the walls.

What do you folks think?

Arnold......I love backdrops.....but I wanted the trains out more......if they are out, they will be run.....if they are packed away and a headache to take out, they'll stay packed up.

From the OGR article that I co-authored in Run 320; the area, with and without backdrops:

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It's all about your goals.......and mine is to have the trains out......ready and available.....on the layout, I will use large structures as "backdrops in place" and scenic blocks.....

Peter

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