Well, it's finally happening!  We just signed up for the long awaited move.  We are downsizing from our existing place to a condo.  The good part is, I get my long awaited train room, and it's empty and ready to build!  It has storage a nice large room for the layout, and even a powder room.  Being a daylight basement, it has an outside entrance and even a window.  In the back there's an unfinished room that I'll do my woodworking in.

The seas have parted at last!

New Train Room N1New Train Room N2

 

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Thanks Paul, I'm excited to get moved.  It will be a huge task, we've been here for 28 years, and there's a LOT of stuff to clear out! [of course, not train stuff! ]

I'll have sore arms from carrying all the stuff there, and I'm already starting to pack stuff up, and it's a month before we take possession.

This is great news, a beautiful area for a beautiful Model railroad.  Please keep us updated as you build your dream Railroad. This is exciting....If possible, let us know what track you plan to use, what control system, what table height, your largest curve diameter, the basic’s. Thank you for letting us know about this wonderful time in your life.  Happy Railroading.

WOW John, I have to say I never seen a condo with a basement that big! You are truly a luck man to have such a great room to build your dream layout! I cant wait to see your build as it goes along!

John, I am very happy and excited for you.  It looks and sounds perfect.  The outside entrance can be priceless for gaining access without tracking through the house.  And a walkout basement is wonderful in that you don't really feel like you are in a basement.

Art

John,

Congratulations!  That room looks huge.  You can finally transform you carpet RR into what I am sure will be a beauty.  Hope you're staying in the area.  

Ron Lego

Congratulations John! I was wondering when you would move as you have mentioned it to me when I visited to drop off my coaches for an LED upgrade. I just have to remember to get your new location when I Drop off some repair work after York. I hope it isn't too far from your previous home. Love the room for your layout!   Good Luck to you and your wife!      regards, Fred in New Hope, PA

 

Congratulations John.  Do great things with it.  We all like pictures.  Get a move on.....LOL

Fantastic layout room!  Ample lighting and electrical access.  Maybe a crew room in the area behind the pillars? 

And now, back to the happiest chore of your life...moving. 

Bruce

That room has lots of potential for a great layout. Congratulations John. I look forward to seeming the progress in the future.

Thanks all!  

I'm actually only moving about three miles, and we are planning on an overlap of around 3-4 months so we can make the move incrementally and also tidy up this house for sale.  Anyone need a really large house in SE-PA on two wooded acres?

I've been looking around in my shop area and realizing what a huge chunk of work I've carved out for myself!   It's staggering to think of all the stuff I've accumulated over all these years!

I will finally get to use the Mianne benchwork that I picked up several years ago, though I suspect I'll need to add to it once I have a final plan.  I'll get in next month and do detailed measurements to figure out exactly what I can fit in and still have good access to everything.  The room behind the columns is where my workbench and computer will go.  I figure the tiled area next to the door will be a small social area.  I'll have a TV on the wall that I can link to the train cameras, that will be fun.

The adventure is just beginning.

John, that's a great looking space. Perfect for a layout. Even the walls look good to go if your planning on display shelves. Looking forward to seeing progress reports on your new layout.

Hi John,

Congrats on the new home !!! that's a HUGE basement, make sure you build the layout of your dreams and most important you must use it and enjoy it. Unfortunately it's difficult for you and I to enjoy our own trains and layout.

Thanks, alex

Very, very nice.  Congrats! 

Back in February, we purchased a new house due to a new job.  It has a finished walk out basement with lots of natural light.  Still in the planning phase of my layout, since will be my first attempt at a decent size layout.

Like you, we had over 20 years of accumulation to move.  Since our old house was paid off, we decided to take our time and move ourselves and prep the old house for sale on the weekends.  The amazing part is, we have hauled over 30 pickup truck loads as we make the 2 hr drive back each weekend, and have that many trips still to go.  Haven't even tackled the big stuff in the woodworking shop yet.

jstraw124 posted:

The amazing part is, we have hauled over 30 pickup truck loads as we make the 2 hr drive back each weekend, and have that many trips still to go.  Haven't even tackled the big stuff in the woodworking shop yet.

WOW, two hours!  I'm bummed with the 7-8 minute drive to the new place!

gunrunnerjohn posted:

Well, it's finally happening!  We just signed up for the long awaited move.  We are downsizing from our existing place to a condo.  The good part is, I get my long awaited train room, and it's empty and ready to build!  It has storage a nice large room for the layout, and even a powder room.  Being a daylight basement, it has an outside entrance and even a window.  In the back there's an unfinished room that I'll do my woodworking in.

The seas have parted at last!

New Train Room N1New Train Room N2

 

that's a train palace !!!!!

Congrats John, We had a semi full of stuff after selling, giving away and throwing away after 10 years at the old place. The hardest part was giving up my car work space, which I remedied with building a shop nearby. I got the loft to make my train room, and know your going to be making many modifications until find the layout you want. Soon, your going to have smoke, whistles and chuffs galore.

John, I share your excitement and what you have to look forward to. Sounds like a dream come true. I know you’ll enjoy the challenge of building something awesome and I and everyone else looks forward to your progress updates. Best of luck to you and your wife.   Jim Gouvis

That’s great John congratulations! The best of both worlds; A big new train room and you can finally sell the snow shovel and lawn mower! 

That's surely a fabulous space, John. Not only do you have a good sized window for venting all that smoke your supper chuffers make but you'll have a smaller one too by your workbench space. Wish you and your wife only the best in your new home.

With such a beautiful canvas of a space, could the makings of an annex possibly be in the future for the North Penn O-Gaugers club?

Btw,  how do you forsee your moving and esablishing your dream come true layout leading to a reduction in taking on new customers for train repairs and modifications?

After completely filling your basement area, you can helix your way up the stair case and begin engulfing the upper floor. Family can be moved to a maintenance shed.    (all said in jest !!)

John, that is one first class layout room.  You now have what everyone wishes for.  Please keep us posted as things happen.  Best of luck,

 

Marty

Thanks guys.   I am looking forward to finally getting a permanent layout back up.

Chris Lonero posted:

That’s great John congratulations! The best of both worlds; A big new train room and you can finally sell the snow shovel and lawn mower! 

I also have great deals on the snow blower, backpack leaf blower, lots of shovels, spades, rakes, etc.

John

Congrats and well deserved!!

1. you need to plan a party

2. It is good you are working on the Legacy Booster, you may need it to cover all that space

See you in York!!

Steve

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Farmer_Bill posted:

Downsizing?  Basement looks bigger than my house.  Have fun!

John,  I thought the same thing Bill just said!!  Congratulations!!

See you at York!!

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