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My Space
Posted by Postwar Paul on Saturday, September 22, 2018 10:59 AM

 The future awaits... 

this willbe a train room

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Saturday, September 22, 2018 11:01 AM

 Can't wait to get started !

 

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Saturday, September 22, 2018 11:03 AM

 And the G will have a spot as well !

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Saturday, September 22, 2018 2:13 PM

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Saturday, September 22, 2018 2:16 PM

 Just could'nt wait any longer!!!

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Posted by Michael6268 on Saturday, September 22, 2018 6:48 PM

I don't blame you one bit! I would be anxious too. We sold our house over a year ago and didn't have a new house found. Had to tear the entire layout down and put it into storage with the rest of our stuff.  We moved temporarily to a small apt, and it's been a year and we're still looking for a new house. I'm going to do the same exact thing. On move in day a loop of track is going on the floor in a spare room. I've been waiting a long, time.

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Saturday, September 22, 2018 7:28 PM

I hope it works out well for you ! This moving stuff is quite an upheaval.We never realized we have this much stuff ! And the trains go on, and on, and I'm still moving them. Haven't gotten to the big furniture yet, got my priorities !!

 It'll be a long slow process for me, wish you the best in your house hunting.

Paul

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Posted by Penny Trains on Saturday, September 22, 2018 7:41 PM

Go, man, go!  Big Smile

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Saturday, September 22, 2018 8:51 PM

Thank you! 

It's lot of work at the moment, but should work out in the long run...

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Sunday, September 23, 2018 12:17 PM

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Sunday, September 23, 2018 12:21 PM

 Gotta  run a train, or 3. Getting a feel for track plans...

 

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Sunday, September 23, 2018 2:39 PM

 As I start unpacking stuff

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Sunday, September 23, 2018 2:41 PM

 It's easy to get sidetracked...

 

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Sunday, September 23, 2018 3:05 PM

 My favorite Lionel engine

 

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Posted by Michael6268 on Sunday, September 23, 2018 6:25 PM

I'm looking for that same engine. Either a 2020, 671, 681, or 682. Doesn't matter to me. I've never had one but I to think that's one of my favorite engines!

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Sunday, September 23, 2018 7:21 PM

Yep, all those Turbines are sweet !

Really unique looking engine.

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Posted by Firelock76 on Sunday, September 23, 2018 8:39 PM

I lucked into a 681 Pennsy Turbine about a month ago.  I wasn't looking for one but it was a case of "Right place, right time, right price."  It's a LOT more impressive in person than it is in photos, and had a "Pennsylvania" tender as well.  Couldn't pass it up.  A great runner, puller, and smoker, and it dates from 1953, just like I do!  We've both aged remarkably well, if I say so myself.

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Sunday, September 23, 2018 9:47 PM

The 681 is a very special engine. The drives and motor are so good, along with the smoke, and Magnitraction.  What a sweetheart engine!!!

But it was a 1946 version 2020 that was my intro to Toy Trains. That one hooked me something fierce!! It is a completely different engine. It has the "Atomic" motor, and double worm gear drive. It growls as it heads down the track. It has the smoke bulb( which actually Does smoke, if you put a couple of drops on it). And the square 2466wx tender. 

And, there is no E-unit lever coming out of the boiler shell, you just move a plug on the motor to shut off the reverser. It has it's own charm, and so different from the 681.

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Posted by Firelock76 on Sunday, September 23, 2018 10:11 PM

Ironic, isn't it?  The Turbine worked a lot better for Lionel than it ever did for the PRR!

The whole sad story of the Pennsy Turbine was told quite well in a "Classic Trains" magazine issue several years ago.  Too much to go into here. 

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Sunday, September 23, 2018 10:19 PM

Yes, I have that issue , too! It's true, what was somewhat of a failed experiment for the Pennsy Was a gold mine for Lionel !!!

And so it goes...

still love the Pennsy

and love those Lionel Turbines

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Posted by lionelsoni on Monday, September 24, 2018 9:52 AM

Bedroom doors almost always open into the room and can seriously constrain the design of a layout.  Because of that, I reversed the door to my train room, by mortising the hinges to the other side of the door stop and filling in the original mortises.  You could also consider simply removing the door(s) and storing them. 

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Posted by lion88roar on Monday, September 24, 2018 11:35 AM

Pocket doors are a train room's best friend!

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Posted by Firelock76 on Monday, September 24, 2018 12:30 PM

Ya know, I was just thinking.  That "Engineered-Hardwood Central" might look a lot better with a Persian carpet under it.

Not a real Persian carpet, mind you.  An inexpensive imitation from Lowes would be good enough.  Preferably with a lot of red in it.

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Posted by Penny Trains on Monday, September 24, 2018 6:44 PM

Postwar Paul
It growls as it heads down the track.

My 2035 does the same thing.  To call it "distinctive" isn't quite good enough!  Wink

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Monday, September 24, 2018 8:40 PM

Folks, many great ideas, thank you !

I've been mulling over in my mind how best to tackle this.

And for Model Railroaders , it's never enough space. But I'm very thankful for what I do have, and will make the most of it.

Considerations:

this room will somehow need to fit

1. Postwar Lionel

2. American Flyer

3. HO Brass

4. N gauge 

5. On30

please tell me I am not running a fever...

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Monday, September 24, 2018 10:05 PM

Penny Trains

 

 
Postwar Paul
It growls as it heads down the track.

 

My 2035 does the same thing.  To call it "distinctive" isn't quite good enough!  Wink

 

That 2035 is such a great engine. I'm glad I finally lucked onto one !

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Monday, September 24, 2018 10:19 PM

This room is 11' x 11'. Two 30 inch doors open inward in opposite corners. 

Hint:  it may be 11' by 11' square, but the space is a cube. Hmmmmm....

Here are some of my hair brained and half baked ideas...

1. The " wedding cake"

an island  with larger scales circling the bottom, and progressively smaller scales as you go up

2. The " Flying Dog Bone"

an L shaped Dog Bone suspended, and occupying two adjacent walls.

3. The " Grass is always Greener"

two triangular shaped tables with massive bridges flying over a center aisle.

I know if I keep looking at the problem long enough, one day it will just come to me.

It usually does, sooner or later..

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Posted by lionelsoni on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 11:05 AM

Around-the-walls offers more area, longer runs, and gentler curves.  For example, around the walls of an 11-foot square room, with a 3.5-foot maximum reach from the edge, you can get 69.75 square feet and about a 40-foot run, compared to a square table in the middle of the room with 49 square feet and about 25 feet.

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 7:24 AM

Thanks for the great advice ! Yes, that makes a whole lot more sense.

I also want to get some shelves up to display some trains, and liberate them from their boxes.

 

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Posted by BrandonWA on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 1:16 PM
Nice!!!

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