I will be retiring on November 1st. I have thought of setting up two loops of O gauge track (one inside the other) and running post war trains in a retirement village or a large veteran's hospital that they have here in my home town of Murfreesboro TN. This would be a temporary set up maybe around Christmas.If any of you have done something like this before, what was your experience? What else do you add to your temporary layout other than the trains? Maybe some of those ceramic buildings? Are you able to barrow tables from the facility, or did you bring some of your own? Did you do this by yourself or did you have help? How long did it take you to get everything set up?
I think all that will vary greatly from site to site, and depending on what you include in the layout. Even the daily schedule could have impact on things; a need or not for lights, etc.. All homes/villages/etc are different. Some are merely apartments/homes, some are nearly full hospitals, Vet's hospitals are both...or at least used to be until they closed them "all" (lots doesn't effect me, but disappointing)
There may be motor field generated static/noise, data/signal conflict, or even spark concerns around some medical equipment too.
Plastic/tin is "safer" in any public setting; I'd ask the manager about their preferences.
And a reality check.... I asked about doing it years ago while a freind was battling COPD at a really small nursing and neighborhood retirement home. They said they already had one but had to remove it due to patients battling each other over it, one guy mistaking it as their's from home and another hating him for that, etc, etc.. My freind passed and my own health took another downturn about that time, so it never got past the one meeting. It made me laugh as I already heard the idjits arguing like kids; imagining a train at the heart of it wasn't too hard 😂
I also think of Pappy and wonder if the trains were really friend or foe to his well being; we only heard his side of it. Either way, I know I'd sure NEED one where ever I stay long.
It really isn't even optional; Food, drink, sleep, medicine, clothes, shoes, trains, a 30" dia. or square table, glasses👓, my briefcase of tools, and my music; I just can't see far away, so that is my base "needs", in order 😎.