Hope everyone is staying well while being cooped up in our homes. The past few days have given me some time to work on a project that I have been thinking about for the past several months now. Looking at pictures of other layouts on the forum, I see where many of folks have built shelves on the walls to store their off-layout trains. Unfortunately, I don't have any wall space easily available right now to have such shelves. But I do have plenty of open room under my O-gauge layout table.
I thought I might share with you my latest project, straight from the Mixed Freight "Skunk Works" (with maybe a little more emphasis on the "Skunk" portion, not so much on the "Works" part ). Here is a rolling train storage rack that I can roll in and out from underneath my train table. Nothing too fancy, built from some scraps of 1 x 4 wood and 3/16" luan ply that I had laying around, plus a 30" x 18" Hardwood Dolly from Harbor Freight Tools.
I laid the storage shelves back at an angle to help keep trains from falling out. Highly necessary for a unit that can roll around and possibly be bumped on occasion. Two wood back braces support it for now, but will soon be replaced soon with another shelf rack that I will build in order to double the storage space. The trains you see now in the rack were all cluttering up my O-gauge table (not on the tracks, as I got more trains that are already on the tracks). It sure is nice to get the clutter off the layout, but still have easy storage and easy access to it.
While this rolling storage rack might not be for everybody, maybe some folks would find it useful. Maybe modular train guys could find an item like this handy, for frequently swapping out trains during shows? That idea might have some merit.