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debe45

86 posts

I have recently moved house and now have a detached garage in which to build a permanent layout.

My buildings are cardbuild Metcalf and I wish to leave my locos etc, on the track.

The garage is dry but unheated.  Do or should I add some insulation to the walls or what steps should I take to use the garage.  The layout will use a side and back wall.

Thanks for all and any advice, especially from those who might use or have used an external garage.

 

Derek

Derek

GNR-Gordon-4

5350 posts

Personally I would not put a layout in a garage, but not to say you shouldn't build one inside of one. If you do, my biggest suggestion is that you make sure the garage is weatherproof.

 

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A Thomas & Friends OO, HO and OO-9 Model Railway Gauge's Collector Since 2005, an Eddie Stobart Spotter and Collector Since 2010 and an Airfix QUICK BUILD Collector Since 2017

Rog (RJ)

1956 posts

How is the garage constructed?  Is it brick, concrete, wood etc  What's the roof made of?

Does it have its own electric supply?

Rog :-) I don't model anything in particular, I just play trains. Living on the South side of Nottingham. Keep taking the tablets. https://www.modelrailwayforum.co.uk/

Jimyjames

870 posts

Yeah I've never put a train layout in a Garage before but I second what Jacob (Gordon) say above - make sure it is weatherproof - i.e. make sure no rain can get in & no damp either, also how surure is it - you don't want to find that people can get in easy - has the doors on the garage got good locks on them???

Jimyjames - You can only please some of the people some of the time, But not all of the people all of the time, & that is why I have a mixture of vids on my YouTube Channel.

walkingthedog

19331 posts

A garage is fine but it must be watertight, well insulated and of course secure. It will need to be heated in the winter and ventilated in the summer. A friend of mine had a garage layout but always put the locos away when not in use.

WTD ........... Nurse, the screens.

GNR-Gordon-4

5350 posts

That's a good idea WTD, about storing the locomotives and rolling stock away in boxes when not in use.

 

GNR-Gordon-4 (HF)

A Thomas & Friends OO, HO and OO-9 Model Railway Gauge's Collector Since 2005, an Eddie Stobart Spotter and Collector Since 2010 and an Airfix QUICK BUILD Collector Since 2017

Ericm0hff

6291 posts

Put away IN THE HOUSE - to make them harder to borrow on a permanent basis without asking!!  Tongue Out

Heat in winter, ventilate in summer, or you will alternatly roast or freeze!

Installed mains power is a must. Do not rely n a long extension cable from the kitchen or somewhere.

if it works first time, you did something wrong!

37lover

831 posts

My layout is in a secure and well insulated room, that I built, inside my double garage; I have a 80W tubular heater via a thermostat that keeps it above 14 degrees C. Also got an LP player and stack of records to compete against the few sound locos I have. Never had any problems, except walking round to the side door in very cold weather Smile. I also have a lot of well sealed card buildings on the layout

Windows Vista, RM and Elite. Caught between Steam and Diesel, not keen on modern.

walkingthedog

19331 posts

Models trains and music. Sounds perfect to me 37. 

WTD ........... Nurse, the screens.

37lover

831 posts

I have mentioned previously, and posted some photos, of some wagons [in this sense the tanker type] that I built in recognition of a trial in Scotland many years ago for transporting whisky. It didn't prove economical because of the volume limits imposed by Insurance companies. But running my train, with a glass in hand, and a bit of music is very relaxing.

Windows Vista, RM and Elite. Caught between Steam and Diesel, not keen on modern.

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