Thursday, March 26, 2009

The New Train Room

After months of the usual stress and bother involved in buying a house, we finally got the keys and have begun to move in. As much as I'm looking forward to beginning the layout, the list of things to do on the house is already growing at an alarming rate! So any progress will no doubt be slow or non existent for now. But at least I know there is a space ready and waiting when the time comes. In any case I thought I'd share a few pics of the new train room, a seven metre x seven metre (inside the framework dimensions) double garage. This will be where the layout will begin to be constructed, hopefully not too far into the future.

I'm hoping that over the next few weeks we wil get all types of weather so that I can see how the temperature varies in the garage, as well as finding out if there are any leaks. It all looks very dry inside and I can see no signs of water damage on either the framework or walls so fingers crossed it's all in good shape.

The first priorities will probably be to install some more power points, and then have a really good think about lining the walls. I'm hoping I can get away with not having to line them, but if it looks like it is necessary long term it would be silly not to do it.


BEK said...


Congrats on the new dwelling. I'm sure you'll spend many hours in that big empty garage in the next few monhts just letting your imagination run wild. Use the time wisely! Go crazy with ideas. But do finish off that layout room BEFORE you start tossing up benchwork! It'll make the rest of the experience so much easier to deal with.

South Coast Rail said...

I second Blairs comments re finishing off the room before benchwork. It may slow you down getting started on the layout, but lining and insulating the walls and roof will make it so much more comfortable in all seasons. And you can't have too many lights as well. Looking good

Ray P said...


I'll back Blair and Bob's comments. Have a look at the brick walls in my garage and while the ceiling is great I regret not lining the walls. Trying to take photos of the layout and not getting bricks in the background is incredibly difficult. So line it, include the ceiling and paint the walls a suitable light blue.

Ray P

Darren said...

The first thing I have to do is pull out about 500 big nails out of the frame work!

I think it was your typical "old blokes" garage where you bang in a massive nail and hang everything on the walls!

As much as lining and insulating the garage sounds like a lot of work, I'm definitely going to look into doing it, because as you guys have said it's well worth it in the end.

Just have to finish the list of "things to do" inside the house first. Lucky it's only some tap washers, door locks, tiling, move tv aerial, add power points, move telephone jack, build shelving in closets, paint rooms, polish fllor boards ....................

All good fun though.