I have been working on an extension to my train shed so I don't have to carry out cars two at a time and place them on the tracks. It is about 15' 4" long and will be 4 tracks wide. This will give me about 20' or so of yard length. I hinged the roof so it can be lifted up for access to the trains. I need to get sheeting for the roof yet and some rolled roofing. I have siding to match the 8'x8' storage shed. I plan on using 1x4 pine stock [cut down to rail height and striped] for 3 of the tracks and Aristo 5' for the other. Does pine work ok for this or is a better wood needed?
I also built a bridge from layout to shed [plank] for access. Here are a few progress pictures.
A little more progress on the shed. I ran out of lumber and headed to Home Depot tonight. Got everything, but had to order black rolled roofing for it.They will have it by tommoro. A good friend stoped today and mentioned he might be able to get ahold of a hydraulic jack system used to lift semi tractor cabs. Wow! wouldn't that be cool. Will have to see about that if he can get it.
The 3 support boards pivot on a screw and swing back and up toward the hinged side when not in use. Thanks for the comments everyone and suggestions.
Hey Dave, What color are those 2 buildings anyway? Do you have a color photo of them you could post here? [Woodcrest shops, Paducah]
tbug, is ventilation necessary for our trains? I don't really know. Has anyone had a bad experince because of no ventilation?
Hi Marty, Your probably right, but it is going to help me out alot as far as running a train on the spur of the moment. Wanted to build a bigger shed but the wife said no as we have our contract at work [with tight ass TYSON] coming up in January. Last contract we took a 5 year wage freeze, so we are taking a big hit now with gas and everything else going up .
Bad news for me!!! I pulled a dum on. I was checking out track switch and track inside my shed with my Mallet. Yes, I left my metal square laying on the tracks and I beleive it shorted something out in the Mallet. Won't run now. Will probably send it to Aristocraft and see if they can fix it. There goes my only battery powered engine for your" thingy". I still plan on coming down on Sat. tho.
Oh Yea, I was curiuos as to what the roofs weight was so far. So I took the bathroom scale and it weighted in at 130 lbs. so far. Just a little cling and jerk and it's up. Will check it after the rolled roofing is applied. Body building while playing trains, WHEW!!!