I run my trains into the garage on a siding. I have a lift out (makeshift) bridge from the opening to another siding on the railroad. When I run trains, I open the train door and put the bridge in. The trains run out then back in when I'm finished. The siding in the garage runs along the side (two tracks there) and around the front of the garage. I also have some shelving on the walls to store the
additional equipment when they are not on the track. Had some problems, but nothing major. Works for me quite well. Got tried of hauling them in and out.
How do you handle equipment to minimize damage?
Well, we live in a pretty small mud hut here in rural East Anglia and my train-storage room is upstairs while the backyard is downstairs.
I have fifteen big Aristo dismals, and a few USA Trains ditto, one of each of the Bachmann geared locos and a Connie, an Accucraft K-27, four Gauge I steamers and an Accucraft Shay and Garratt - total weight of around a quarter of a ton.
When we run our trains, I have to carry them from up there to down here, and it's a RPITA, as well as having to be done VERY carefully.
The steamies all have carry boxes, but the Garratt plus its box weighs nigh-on fifty pounds in old money - EVERYTHING is done carefully, bleeve me.
I use plastic tubs, with snap on tops that I got at Walmart. Some bubble wrap is laying in there to place at areas to prevent rubbing. Some of the larger tubs have wheels on the bottom, so you could look for that. Or, just put the tub in your wheelbarrow. I just carry my tubs over to the shed that is about 60' from my railroad. Keeps them dust free and the mice don't get on them! Jerry
There's a fellow in Gibsonville NC who has a hobby shop a few blocks from a garden layout the town let him build right next to the main line in a park..... he uses a garden tractor and several trailers (looks like an airport baggage train when moving) to move several dozen pieces at once .... the cars sit in racks in the trailer, and each trailer can carry quite a lot of cars... perhaps 8 to a tray and 10 or so trays tall.
Have you checked out the Martin TrakrTotes at [email protected]/? They are customized to the length of your loco or locomotives. They work for either track powered locos, onboard battery, or live steam locos. TrakrTotes even make getting train cars on the track easier, and if you get a derailment, pull the derailed loco onto the TrakrTote, and right back on the track. They are amazing.
For about $20 worth of poplar and some hardware from Lowe's you can create a custom carrier for any locomotive. I made this one for my live steam K-27 locomotive, which weighs about 30 pounds. I tote the tender in a padded, plastic tool box. The handle also protects the loco in a roll over.
Hey Jack. This box holds the weight of the trains? Seems like with such a small bottom board, the weight would make it open, and drop the train without braceing. Although, I love your idea, I am just concerned about it falling out while I am walking to the house. I was looking at your pictures, and thought, what if the train rolled up into the box, but about three or four inches into the box, it had a solid floor. Since the train is not touching the track at this point, it could easily roll out onto the "track" part of the wood, and then the track, and still have a stable bottom. I mean, you use a thick piece of wood for the front and back of the box, so, I doubt it would bow apart like a wishbone any, but I would hate for the bottome to break off, or bow outwards due to the weight. Just a thought. Nice box, I am planning on building one soon.