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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.

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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

 

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.

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.

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.

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?

Great looking room John. No drywall/ painting, etc. Just a blank canvas. Can't wait to see what you build.
I think this is the first time I've see columns at the entrance to a work room, does that mean that you have to hold a screw driver with your pinky out? 

I too long for the day when I can put "for sale" signs on the lawn mower and snow blower.

Good luck on your move John. It's gonna be great!

Meanwhile, here's an interesting problem for you to cogitate on.

What sensor arrangement would you consider to allow you to identify a particular engine?

As you very well know, we usually just identify that 'some engine' has been detected at some point on the layout, but what if we wanted to answer the question: Which engine is it?

Thanks for your really informative posts over the years.

Ray

Congratulations!! Looks like a great train space you will have too. It's also really good you are only going a few miles and have the 3-4 months extra time to get moved and I think you may end up needing every minute of it too. We moved about 4 years ago after being in our old house for almost 35 years. The stuff accumulated in that time was just amazing! Couldn't believe it all fit on our old house. We moved only about 8 miles and that helped, but it took a lot longer than we had figured so the extra time will be great to have! We had movers do all the large and heavy items, they were very reasonably priced too, not bad at all. Should have had them do more.

Anyway I wish you the best of luck and hope everything goes well in your move. Also hoping you enjoy your new train and work spaces. It's a big undertaking, but you will be happy when it is all finished! After that long in one place it will still be an adjustment, even if you really like the new place! 

Forgot to add, I think you will really like your Mianne benchwork too! Great stuff!

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Well, the whole room is around 40 foot long, but the space for the trains is probably around 22-24 feet, there are the two areas at the ends that I won't have track.  The one end will have my workbench and parts storage, the other end will have a TV and some seating.  Of course, I have to find a spot for our secondary fridge, and it'll keep my beer cold and on-hand.

Right before they sold the house, the previous owners put almost $100,000 into upgrading all sorts of stuff.  All the bathrooms and kitchen are brand new.  I didn't understand it as they just got market price for the unit anyway.  I can only imagine that it REALLY needed it for some reason.

Here's a couple of shots of other parts of the house.  All the floor covering everywhere has been replaced, amazing!

 

 

 The light fixture has to go!

 

 

 

 

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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

 

Green with envy..Me and my fiancee also downsizing soon(condo and a lake house where the layout is..looking at properties Pa, both Carolinas and central Fla.GRJ you have inspired me

John,

Great train room, and a beautiful place overall - congratulations!

I hope the 'train room' does not remain so pristine for very long; and yes, by all means - Paint The Walls First, or very early on. That's what I did when I built my layout, and I not only painted the walls sky blue with clouds, but also mountains, terrain,  and buildings to serve as backdrop to what I knew was coming.

Looking forward to see progress pictures soon.

Alex

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If your sump pump doesn't have a battery backup pump I would seriously consider getting one. We never had one until moving to our current home in Aug. 2013, it was a new home. Got a backup pump installed right after moving in. A couple of months after the year warranty was up the main pump failed on Thanksgiving during some pretty heavy rains. The back up pump saved the day. We got the main pump replaced the following week after the holiday. That experience left me wanting a backup for the backup pump!

I have a battery backup here, and I'll likely do it there as well.  I don't want any water in my trainroom!   Another option is the water powered unit, but you have to make sure that your outlet is not blocked.  I might do one of those and just have it shoot outside about a foot, just enough to get it away from the house.  The good part is with a daylight basement, that end is at ground level.

Definitely don't want water in the train room! We don't have a walk out, so it has to be pumped up about 8' & out the side of the house. I had the drain run to the back of the property to the HOA's green space. Yard was like a marsh where it was dumping in rainy season. Now their space is like a wetland. Several neighbors have also had problems with their sump pumps, either wetlands for yards or for some their basement has flooded, they had no backup pump. 

That really does look like a nice place you have and I certainly hope you enjoy it there. I do like the daylight basement too. Makes it nice and bright. I'll be watching for some layout plans and pictures in the spring! It took me longer than I thought to get going again after moving. In fact, everything move related took longer than I had thought it would. Never again! 

I am still adjusting after over 4 years! But it's getting better! I imagine you probably have a better plan than I had though. Our old house needed some remodeling  and we just decided one day to move instead of doing it while living there, so not a lot of planning on our end.

It is still an adjustment though, I'm still looking for things...you probably have that part more organized too. Good luck with it all anyway! It will be really nice when you get that Mianne benchwork set up with some trains running around on it. 

Well... organized is probably going a little far.  I am numbering the boxes as I pack and keeping a spreadsheet with the contents of each box, or at least a gross description.  I'd like to at least know within a couple of boxes where to look for stuff.   However, there is simply a LOT of stuff!  I figure the train stuff is going to be around 45-50 large boxes.  The big engine steam boxes will be separate, but anything like a diesel will be packed with a bunch of others.  I'm using 18 x 14 x 12 and 23 x 23 x 16 boxes.  I never realized if you pack them in there, how heavy a 23 x 23 x 16 box would be just filled with boxcars!   Of course, I have a LOT of non-train related stuff to sort through and pack or dispose of.  I'm warming up my eBay account to dispense with a bunch of stuff, and Craig's List will be seeing me as well.

John:

Best of luck with the move and I'm sure you will enjoy the great new train room!

In my last house in PA, I had a full walk out basement that included a large finished space, a workshop, an office and unfinished storage. It was a dream come true.

I gave all of that up and moved 2,500 miles to CA three years ago. I used my old trusty "TrainMinder" software and inventoried every box which made locating things after the move quite easy. My article about the move and new layout is (hopefully) due to appear in the February 2018 OGR issue.

Using Mianne Benchwork in PA made re-building in CA with the new plan easy.

You may want to include a liftgate in your plans - mine works great and saves my 67 year old knees from some of the trips into the layout center area. It is also fun to demonstrate when visitors come over.

Enjoy!

We'll be in our new house 3 years come January. When we packed up our old house we numbered and noted everything. It's hard to believe all the stuff that you accumulate over the years that you don't remember accumulating. Between the garage sale and donations to charities we still filled a 4 yard dumpster 6 times with crap. Like RTR12, we're still trying to locate some things we know are here but somehow can't find. Funny thing is when looking for one thing you come across something else you were looking for another time.

I also have 50 LARGE boxes of train stuff I have yet to open. Between the yard and finishing the other half of the basement myself I finally got around to starting the layout last fall. Bench work is up, just starting to lay track.

Anyway, you are definitely styling with that new train room. Get yourself some Doan's Pills, you're going to need them. Good luck and enjoy.

Looking forward to it, I'm here today packing and numbering.  I'm going to have to show my wife the post about 50 large boxes of train stuff, she keeps telling me I have way too much.  I'm guessing if I use the large boxes, I can get it into around 40-45 boxes.

The lift-gate is a good idea, depending on how my plan develops.  I'm thinking about it, but it's been so long since I had a space to put a decent layout that I'm not sure what I'll do yet.  I know I want to be able to run all my large steamers comfortably.  Once I'm in and I can do an accurate measurement and draft up the room plan, I'll have a better idea what will work in there.  I'm generally thinking of having it against the long wall and then have the other three sides open.  As to the center, I'll either have it open or have a couple of lift-out or drop-down access hatches to reach stuff, still to be decided.

gunrunnerjohn posted:

Looking forward to it, I'm here today packing and numbering.  I'm going to have to show my wife the post about 50 large boxes of train stuff, she keeps telling me I have way too much.  I'm guessing if I use the large boxes, I can get it into around 40-45 boxes.

The lift-gate is a good idea, depending on how my plan develops.  I'm thinking about it, but it's been so long since I had a space to put a decent layout that I'm not sure what I'll do yet.  I know I want to be able to run all my large steamers comfortably.  Once I'm in and I can do an accurate measurement and draft up the room plan, I'll have a better idea what will work in there.  I'm generally thinking of having it against the long wall and then have the other three sides open.  As to the center, I'll either have it open or have a couple of lift-out or drop-down access hatches to reach stuff, still to be decided.

Love it! The man hasn't even moved in but the train plans are already coming forth. Good to see you have your priorities right, John!!!! And I meant that!

gunrunnerjohn posted:

Looking forward to it, I'm here today packing and numbering.  I'm going to have to show my wife the post about 50 large boxes of train stuff, she keeps telling me I have way too much.  I'm guessing if I use the large boxes, I can get it into around 40-45 boxes.

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Just remember, John... those large boxes come in handy, but you (or somebody else) have to lift them when they're loaded too!!!  

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