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It’s done!

June 12th, 2013

The railroad room / garage / man-cave is finally completed!  Last weekend I finished the wall painting and completed laying the wooden floor.

Tonight I put the layout up to work out final positions – as you will see in the photos below the layout has been split into two (the garage is not long enough for the full layout length).  My next project is working out what I am going to put between the two sections.  At present the plan is for two corner boards plus 2 straight boards – I’m not sure what will be on the two boards at the moment, but I do need a yard, so I will see if I can fit a small one in there, otherwise another plan is to…wait for it…add another level!  I won’t use a helix, rather a gentle incline, just enough to put a hidden staging yard under one of the sections.

But that is for the future – for now I will work on planning the under-layout storage and finishing off the wall decorations (posters & railroad memorabilia).  In the photos below you will notice two display cabinets, which will be used for my HO locos & rolling stock and the most important item…a TV with built-in DVD player!  Oh, and a bar fridge in the workshop area at the back of the garage – all the essentials!!  Over the next few days I plan to hook up the layout electrics to see if everything is still working, then I will start the planning of the new boards.

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We have the power…

May 29th, 2013

and lights…!

Yesterday the electricians came and finished wiring up the layout room – so now we have lights and power!

I have plastered & painted the ceiling and rafters, and also have painted the walls.  I’m just finishing off the pillars to hide the brick (you can see the finished result in the photo above, the finished pillars are on the left).  I am now test-fitting the flooring and will get that done during this week and early next week.  Then I can finally get the layout up!  I have a few items I will be adding to the walls, such as a display cabinet, TV (of course!) and various railroad memorabilia, along with a few vintage posters and a surprise item.

Here is a photo showing the test fit of the flooring, which came from our lounge after we had a water leak from upstairs bathroom – luckily the flooring survived (insurance made us take it up as water was trapped underneath) and our flooring guy suggested I put it in the garage – great idea of his!

So, the next photos should show the completed room and the layout up – then I can finally get started on the detailing and weathering of the layout and construction of new boards (more details to come).  So you will be glad to hear that very soon my posts will be all about model railroading again!

See you soon!

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All lights up and ceiling 85% done!

April 10th, 2013

Thanks to the huge help from Graham yesterday, the three fluorescent light fittings are now up in the garage and ready for wiring in.  The ceiling is 85% finished as well!  So, this coming weekend I will finish the ceiling and start filling all the screw holes and the joints between the wall and ceiling boards.  The electricians are booked in for the end of this month, so exciting times ahead!  This time next month the garage should be painted and ready for the flooring to be laid…

Here is the latest photo showing the lights and ceiling:

Thank you, Graham, your help was much appreciated!  The 8 hours spent grafting away was worth it – and we had great fun doing it – just a pity we are both a bit knackered and in pain today…the joy of being over 40!

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