Converting half my garage into a train room. The saga continues
The ongoing joke with my modelling friends, is where will I be placing all those structures I am making, as I still do not have a layout.
The idea was to convert the rear of my 12 x 9 metre garage into a purpose built train room, measuring 9 x 6 metres. The garage had been built around 1990, and the original owners, had provisioned plumbing in the slab, as well as windows, and doors for a room, and ensuite.
To save me repeating, I will refer the reader to my earlier post, posted in 2018.
Back in 2018, I knew there would be some delays, as there were some necessary steps I needed to do to clear the rear of the brick garage, primarily related with storage.
|I obtained a 20 foot container, and positioned this down near my water tanks.
|In 2019, I had a 2 car garage installed, to hide the container
|The bricks had been laid directly onto the concrete slab, which allowed their removal leaving no imperfections, apart from a ghost image in the floor
|Almost gone. The bricks were recycled and stacked outside. The mortar was broken up into small lumps, and filled some holes in my driveway. Note the plumbing in the slab
In the middle of 2019, I had another unexpected delay. That was the need to construct an N scale layout - an interpretation of the Bethungra Loop, for the local Broadway museum. The space in the brick garage that I had cleared, became the work area.
|The Bethungra loop layout just prior to its extraction from my garage in mid 2020. I wrote up this build in around 10 blog posts, which you can find if you put in "Bethungra" into the search area on the top RHS of this blogpost
Fires and Covid
The summer of 2019/20 was a disaster. Whilst the closest fire was Dunns Road megafire in Jan and February, it had a major effect on the whole S.E NSW area.
|Here is a real colour image of the smoke from the Dunns Road fire, taken from my front driveway. The fire front was around 50 km away. The particulate matter count in Junee on Feb 4th 2020 was 9,132 - where 200 is deemed hazardous
Rebuilding from the fires, gave a lot of work to the local building firms.
|Bunnings delivering the first material. Brett had arranged a material quote with Bunnings, which I paid for
|Timber Framing, yellow tongue sheeting, and some other hardware as delivered to my driveway. As rain was expected, I needed to move all this under cover - the 20 sheets of Yellow tongue proved to be a 3 hr challenge - who needs gyms
|The wall framed out
|And mounted upright. Brett insisted that if I wanted 6 metres, then I would get 6 metres, so the wall imposes a little on the garage car space. I am really happy with this compromise
|Another change from my original idea was to install a doorway from the train room, into the garage area. The doorway will be a big benefit later, although it will affect the length of the staging tracks at that end.