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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.


more work ahead! I'm on vacation this week so should make progress.
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If you wanna get trick with the lid operation, go down and pick up a couple of 12volt linear actuators. They will more than lift that roof structure and its easier on you. You can put in a waterproof switch right on the outside of your building too. Just my thoughts.

Shawn :D
Sorry it has taken me so long to get back to you. Here is a link to just a few actuators. http://shopping.rexmar.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Category_Code=hatchliftsram also see, http://dcactuators.com/Detail.asp?Product_ID=301.530_6124

You can just Google it as well and find a hundred different types. I believe that you could get away with just one actuator since they will lift close to 700lbs. Figure on the price being in the 250 dollar range for the actuator.
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