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Wow, now that’s a very impressive view, the trains look great on the shelves, and back in my older hardware days, selling store fixtures to new dealers, the shelves were important, however, you really didn’t realize they were there, it was a way to move merchandise. Your shelf display is awesome, the trains really look great. It’s much better to have your wonderful collection on display and out of the boxes so other Hobbiest can enjoy there visit when you have company. It’s really taking shape. Happy Railroading Everyone

I have come up with my layout design for the most part. A pdf is attached below. Still looking at a couple of areas and making tweaks. Unlike my last toy like layout where I had standard gauge and O gauge on the same layout, I plan on having two separate layouts that will overlap each other at different heights. I'm still playing with the layout heights but my plan is to make the standard gauge portion lower with the O gauge going over the standard gauge.

The standard gauge will consist of two separate loops made up of 57" and 72" curves. The loops will not be interconnected. This is just a layout to put a couple of standard gauge trains on and let them run. The O gauge portion with also have two loops of 063 and 072 track. There will be crossovers in order to switch the trains from one loop to the other.

My plan is to make this more of a hi-rail layout with realistic scenery and detailing. The standard gauge side will have tinplate accessories but the scenery style will match that of the O gauge layout giving the entire layout a cohesiveness. That's the rough idea right now. Things may change. I figure I still have some time to mull this over waiting for lumber prices to come down.

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I'm still working on that John. I did get the one passing siding in on the O gauge. Would still like to get another siding or two in. It's a tough balance of having easy access to the entire layout and get the sidings in. There are a couple of spots along the back wall that access is a little harder than I want right now, especially because of the two layouts at different levels. I also don't want the entire layout covered with track leaving no place for structures.

@coach joe posted:

Joe, I'm glad you're in the layout planning stage now.  But I have to say looking at the pictures I suspect there may be a few more boxes of railroadiana laying around somewhere.  You sure you have most of it unpacked?

Good question, Joe!!  I may be thinking of someone else, but I recall someone moving who had a bunch of outdoor railroadiana.  Where are all those items if it was you NJCJOE??

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@NJCJOE posted:

...Unlike my last toy like layout where I had standard gauge and O gauge on the same layout, I plan on having two separate layouts that will overlap each other at different heights. I'm still playing with the layout heights but my plan is to make the standard gauge portion lower with the O gauge going over the standard gauge....

How much clearance will you have from the top of the O gauge layout to the bottom of the standard gauge?  The reason I'm asking is because I did something like that, leaving less than a foot of clearance.  In hindsight, I learned that the lower level is mostly wasted space - difficult to work in, and there's no room for buildings, accessories, or scenery.  Although I like the multi-level configuration for HO and N scale, for O-gauge creating more clearance would have entailed making the upper level too high or the lower level too low.  I'm planning to undo it and put both tables at the same level.  YMMV, of course.

@Mallard4468 posted:

How much clearance will you have from the top of the O gauge layout to the bottom of the standard gauge?  The reason I'm asking is because I did something like that, leaving less than a foot of clearance.  In hindsight, I learned that the lower level is mostly wasted space - difficult to work in, and there's no room for buildings, accessories, or scenery.  Although I like the multi-level configuration for HO and N scale, for O-gauge creating more clearance would have entailed making the upper level too high or the lower level too low.  I'm planning to undo it and put both tables at the same level.  YMMV, of course.

I am not too worried about clearance for accessories just the trains. Where the standard gauge goes under the O gauge it will be hidden, with the tracks emerging from tunnels. But you're right, you do need access clearance just in case.

@NJCJOE posted:

I'm still working on that John. I did get the one passing siding in on the O gauge. Would still like to get another siding or two in. It's a tough balance of having easy access to the entire layout and get the sidings in. There are a couple of spots along the back wall that access is a little harder than I want right now, especially because of the two layouts at different levels. I also don't want the entire layout covered with track leaving no place for structures.

I agree you want to leave room for scenery, but not having any sidings will come back to haunt you.   I managed to put three along my back wall where I park passenger trains and now I'm working on my nine track freight yard that will be strictly track, it's off my main table and will be getting minimal scenery.

I just bought some laser cut benches for a passenger station. Been debating the paint colors and I just got my answer

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Everything is coming together Joe. The outside collection is impressive. Where do you find all of it?

I like the layout plan but I'm with GRJ, you need to fit sidings in.

Bob

@RSJB18 posted:

I just bought some laser cut benches for a passenger station. Been debating the paint colors and I just got my answer

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Everything is coming together Joe. The outside collection is impressive. Where do you find all of it?

I like the layout plan but I'm with GRJ, you need to fit sidings in.

Bob

Many years of going to antique shops, auctions, flea markets, train shows, etc. Some was even gifted to me by other people, such as that Reading bench above.

@NJCJOE posted:

LOL! I keep thinking I am missing a box or two as well, but I have to keep reminding myself that this basement is more than twice the size of the previous one.

Outside railroadiana has been set up for a while.

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These are ALL awesome. especially the switch lantern outside. Aren't you afraid of someone walking off with these items outside?

Joe Gozzo (the other Joe)

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