Train Room Project Finally Gets Started, Benchwork up

After many fits and starts over the last few years I am finally starting on my train layout. I says fits an starts because I had started it a few years ago and had gotten as far as being able to run trains and starting scenery. But then we had a fire in a mechanical room which filled the house with smoke and soot stains everywhere. Luckily fire damage was contained to the mechanical room but the trains table which was 16 x 14 was covered with smoke dirt. I had to take it down entirely all the way to nothing in order to clean everything including some engines and rolling stock. Due to work hours I never did get restarted. Fast forward to the present we moved from that house to a brand new home in May 2017. Finally a few weeks ago I got started. My plans for the train room are to have a ceiling track for my tinplate engine and a two level layout for my O gauge. 

Space available: approx 16 x 25

Track: Atlas and Ross turnouts

Command/Control: Legacy/DCS

Accessories (hopefully): Ross Transfer Table, Rotary Coal Dump, Gantry Crane, Coal Loader

Phase 1 of this is the ceiling train, which I finished last evening. Those picture are attached. I would also like to thank again the guys on the Electrical Forum for their suggestions with a wrinkle I had in finishing the ceiling train.

As I get started on Phase 2, I will share pictures. Please let me know any suggestions as I go forward.

Thanks 

Paul

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Bob, The ceiling system was from ceilingtrainkit.com. I used their modern kit which saved me a few $$. I bolted each support into a 1x4 wood piece above the drop ceiling panel. It worked our fairly good and only required some minor tweaking. The guy who owns the site will stain it whatever color or stain you want.  I put it up over the last two weeks. Could have been done in a day but I wanted to take my time to make sure everything was sturdy.

Thanks

Paul

 

Finally found time to start on the project again. Layed out all the benchwork tops in the train room. Now I need to start bolting together and add the legs. All of this benchwork is from Sievers. I had gotten from a closed LHS.

thanks

Paul

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Paul, Your train room looks great and that is a lot of benchwork. Do you happen to have a track plan of the planned layout?

Any chance there is a turntable in your plans ?

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CSX Al, Thanks for the comment. A turntable no, but I have a transfer table I purchased 4 years ago that I am planning on using. As for a track plan, I have one that I am still cleaning up. When I created it I forgot to build in the grades. I knew in my head what I wanted. I realized when I was done that it looked very messy. I know what is what but no one else will.  The layout as a whole is 25 x 14 with access from 3 sides plus down the middle. The look of it is somewhat like another layout that I saw on the forum. I believe that layout was called South Fork. I was struggling with putting together a nice layout when I saw what that gentleman had done. Our dimensions were the about the same, we had some of the same accessories plus his track plan looked real nice. He basically had very close to what I was looking for. I tried contacting him a few times but never heard anything back. So I have borrowed some of the look for the mainline and the  yard.

 One thing that I have added which is different is a slot car track for a little race action. It was something my son and like to do but in order to have a slot car table I would have had to make the train layout much smaller. So I incorporated what is basically an oval slot car track into the train layout. The train layout will actually be built on top of the slot car track. Once scenery is done it should actually look like a grand prix race. I hope to eventually get the layout plan loaded on here. 

thanks

Paul

I'm looking forward to this thing coming together, heck I even like the flooring in that room!  

I finally was able to get some work done on the layout. I got all the benchwork bolted together and a solid tabletop on. On the left side I placed the transfer table. There I will have a engine yard, then transfer table and service facility. I posted a picture of the layout. The blue track represents the upper level and the green the lower. 

Next phase will be the slot car track so that I can space it out. Then foam for the lower level.

thanks for the interest.XqnLg2hHTLasGXWO14VumwzsEmXjvHTViWFooYV74ikAfullsizeoutput_1f6f

Paul

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Paul,

I can't visualize the elevations, but I like the track plan.

Will you be using EZ-Streets or scale slot car track?  I think the over under track lines on that confused my railroad elevation guessing.

The modules are very sturdy. I would have set the legs back away from the edge more. I think you'll tire of kicking those.

Carl

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PaulB posted:

I finally was able to get some work done on the layout. I got all the benchwork bolted together and a solid tabletop on. On the left side I placed the transfer table. There I will have a engine yard, then transfer table and service facility. I posted a picture of the layout. The blue track represents the upper level and the green the lower. 

Next phase will be the slot car track so that I can space it out. Then foam for the lower level.

thanks for the interest.XqnLg2hHTLasGXWO14VumwzsEmXjvHTViWFooYV74ikAfullsizeoutput_1f6f

Paul

Benchwork looks great Did you get it from Sievers or did you make it yourself?

The benchwork was purchased from Sievers a few years ago. It was used in a Hobby shop for a large slot car track. when the store closed I kept the benchwork. I was glad to finally start to put it good use. I have moved it three times.

thanks

Paul

PaulB posted:

I finally was able to get some work done on the layout. I got all the benchwork bolted together and a solid tabletop on. On the left side I placed the transfer table. There I will have a engine yard, then transfer table and service facility. I posted a picture of the layout. The blue track represents the upper level and the green the lower. 

Next phase will be the slot car track so that I can space it out. Then foam for the lower level.

thanks for the interest.XqnLg2hHTLasGXWO14VumwzsEmXjvHTViWFooYV74ikAfullsizeoutput_1f6f

Paul

Ah, man, that is stunning. 

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Dr. Joseph V Russo

josephvrusso@outlook.com 

PaulB posted:

The benchwork was purchased from Sievers a few years ago. It was used in a Hobby shop for a large slot car track. when the store closed I kept the benchwork. I was glad to finally start to put it good use. I have moved it three times.

thanks

Paul

Thanks. I've been debating between Sievers and Mianne. Sievers looks pretty good. Probably go with them. Is it sturdy and would it hold your weight if you had to get on top of it?

DALEHARDY, I like the benchwork from Sievers a lot. I have had both but like some of the aspects of Sievers a little better. I have been on top of the benchwork and have never been worried about it taking my weight(250+). Its great for doing odd shapes and the holes in the wood making running wires underneath a little easier.

Paul

Mianne holds me pretty well (or it did until I populated the table top with 50 buildings and track and trains). I weight 330 at 6' (no jokes please). And I have added a series of holes to what Mianne ships in the cross members. Not a lot, so I am not worried about structural integrity. Tim Foley at Mianne was superb to work with. Highly recommended. 

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Dr. Joseph V Russo

josephvrusso@outlook.com 

I was able to spend sometime working on the layout again today. I set the height for the second level and put things in place for the engine yard and where a service facility will be. I also got up the second level on the opposite of the layout, that will be a 16' straight section. This may change slightly since I might put some bridges in there instead just a plain straight area. Lastly I got the slot track up so that I can now build around it. The slot track is on the lowest level. The trains will be 3" above. Oh, DALEHARDY, that is 3/4" plywood on top of the benchwork. Next I need to get some sheets of foam since I used what I had. 

thanks

Paul

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