|T O P I C R E V I E W
||Posted - 05/07/2006 : 4:00:55 PM
Here at the forum, we see so many fantastic images of great modelling...scenery, structures, rolling stock...but we rarely see each other's layouts as they would appear if we were to visit their homes and enter their subterranean paradises...or in whichever rooms they choose to create their model railroad.
I've read many times, modellers querying each other as to how their layouts appear in the "overall" perspective...you know, if you take a step back with the camera and show your layouts, workbenches and crew lounge areas.
...and, while my layout is complete (if ever a model railroad is!) your layouts do not have to be anywhere near complete to post an image here.
Be brave...and have fun! [:-apple][:-apple][:-apple]
I'll begin with a few shots. In a later posting, I'll take you on a tour around the entire layout.
That's me at the workbench. Yes, I keep a tidy ship...as I have many visitors to my layout on a regular basis and I host regular operating sessions.
Here are some of the boys awaiting their turn in the crew lounge. That's the train room off in the distance. It may sound funny, but my crew lounge is over three times larger than the train room itself!
Here we see some of the boys outside the train room. We're at the duckunder entrance to the room where the "surround staging" concept is seen. Two of the lads are making up a train in the "active" staging yard. Model Railroader sent me the poster just visible to the right after my layout graced the cover of Great Model Railroads 2004. (It also appeared in Model Railroad Planning 2001 where I presented the surround staging concept to readers.)
I wanted to create that "museum diorama" appearance for visitors, so all fascia, valence and curtains are black allowing the eyes to focus solely on the layout which is backlit with both flourescent and incandescent lighting. This rural scene depicts the many trees required to re-create the verdant New England landscape.
My final shot shows the industrial area of the layout. Remember, we are in a bedroom-sized room and I wanted to capture both the rural and urban flavour of New England...a challenge indeed in such a small place...but I think I've managed quite well! [:-apple][:-apple][:-apple]
Hope to see pictures of your "overall" area no matter what degree of progression you find your model railroad at the present time! [:-apple][:-apple][:-apple]
|15 L A T E S T R E P L I E S (Newest First)
||Posted - 08/13/2012 : 5:03:06 PM
Originally posted by CVSNE
Tried to upload a picture and got an "Operation Not Allowed" reply.
Marty, instructions for posting pictures are here: http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=27749
Usually the two biggest problems as to why a picture won't post is size and naming convention.
Keep the long side of a picture at 800 pixels and save at a medium resolution.
Use only letters and numbers when you name your picture.
||Posted - 08/13/2012 : 4:53:15 PM
Tried to upload a picture and got an "Operation Not Allowed" reply.
||Posted - 08/13/2012 : 09:46:55 AM
Bill, Andy and Joe. Thanks so much for taking the time to post your great overall shots of your layouts and the rooms they occupy. Bill and Andy, it's very interesting to see how you both have designed your layouts with visitors and train ops in mind, making sure that aisles accomodate the many train operators. Joe, I've been following your progress on your layout since you joined the forum and its great to see how you are designing your many scenic elements from your prototype pictures. [:-thumbu][:-thumbu]
||Posted - 05/15/2012 : 10:46:34 AM
Our house is old, and the basement floor plan is subdivided into a number of small-to-medium-sized rooms, with my layout spanning two of those. As a result, it's difficult to get overview shots showing more than a small portion of the layout, but here are a few pics showing as much as I can in each, working east to west around the room.
Looking west toward Atlantic yard, with McClelland across the aisle to the right.
Looking west toward Walnut Creek, with Hancock Elevator visible in the background.
In this photo we see Hancock Elevator on the left, Hillis siding behind it against the backdrop, and covered hoppers on the hill tracks leading up to the main at Hancock Jct. In the foreground is the end of the peninsula, with the curve leading west into McClelland. The "roads" in this photo are just temporarily painted onto the foam as an aid for operating sessions.
Hancock Jct. and the future location of the West Nishnabotna River bridge. I'm planning to replace the backdrop in the peninsula with a new teardrop end, minimizing the depth of the scenes on all sides and better blocking the view across the peninsula.
Looking west at McClelland and the abandoned McClelland Feed & Grain spur. Bluffs yard is visible across the aisle in the background.
Bluffs Yard looking southwest.
Looking south (timetable east) at Bluffs yard.
Bluffs Yard and diesel facility.
||Posted - 05/14/2012 : 6:22:33 PM
You don't have to apologize to any of us with your praise for Cliff and his railroad. We all feel the same way. We all do our best to help each other and share our accomplishments and I've yet to see any envy or jealousy on this Forum between all of our friends here.
I'm very happy for you that you have such a great adventure ahead of you and everyone here will be ready to help in anyway we can as you proceed!!
||Posted - 05/13/2012 : 11:21:15 PM
Cliff, I just want to say what a fabulous inspiration that you have been for me. When we were getting close to retirement, we put our house up for sale and I had to pack everything up and put boxes upon boxes into storage. Since we moved to the family lake house, there was absolutely no place for a layout and thought that I might have to sell it all. My wife and son wanted to know where Daddy's trainroom was going to be, and I told them nowhere. That was not the answer they wanted to hear. So, I was given the go ahead to build an oversized double car garage, with just one car bay. The remainder was to be the railroad. I had no clue what could possibly be built in a 14 foot wide space, until I ran across your videos. To put it midly, I was blown away. Now I had a direction. A little more online research and I ran across my prototype - the Frisco's Clinton branch. A little protolancing and I'm in business!
Nothing to show as yet as I am still jumping through all kinds of hoops for the local planning & zoning folks and dealing with architects for the house remodel and the garage. I could take a photo, but it would be of oak trees and scrub brush.
For all the others on here. Please do not take offense for my above praise. It does not mean that you haven't given me ideas or I that haven't drooled over your layouts, because I have. It is just that I ran across Cliff's layout first and gave me the needed spark that I needed.
||Posted - 05/13/2012 : 11:39:05 AM
Wow, lot's of updates!
Cliff, your layout room looks great. It's neat to see overall views of the areas we've become familiar with and how they interact.
Bill, your layout is larger than I imagined!
Andy, one word - HUGE! And as someone on the other thread already said, I like the way you have such large aisles. That's something not typically planned for but you obviously have the room for it.
||Posted - 05/12/2012 : 7:45:59 PM
Well even though I posted these pics in the op session forum, I thought I'ld post a few here since I have yet to do so!![:-eyebrows]
Here is the main aisle with Gresham Yard on the right.
From the opposite direction.
Another long aisle with Ribo Yard (above) and Cedar Hill Yard (below) on the left.
From the opposite direction!
Trainmaster/Dispatcher and crew lounge.
||Posted - 05/11/2012 : 4:58:42 PM
Thanks guys for the layout photos.
Cliff, I didn't realize your railroad was in its own building. Very nice indeed.
I can't remember if I did this or not. Here are some shots of mine in my basement. It takes up all of the 35'x 25' in three rooms.
The entrance at the foot of the stairs. To the right is the Hartford yard and New Britain staging. In front is the crew lounge.
From the crew lounge into the main room
The main room with Middletown on the top and New Haven on the bottom left, Wethersfield on the top and S. Hartford on the bottom. The helix is behind the fascia on the right.
The third room is Saybrook (top right)and Newington (bottom right), Essex (Top left) Meriden (lower left).
||Posted - 05/11/2012 : 4:28:04 PM
Hi Cliff, thanks so much for taking these superb "overall" shots! I've followed your layout construction closely over the years and I continue to remain in awe of your impressive venture. It's amazing to think that you've got all this done while teaching kindergarten children from Monday to Friday! Fabulous! [:-apple][:-apple]
||Posted - 05/10/2012 : 9:53:18 PM
I had posted some photos of my layout on the first page of this thread, but they are no longer active links. A lot has changed since then, so here are several photos of the inside (and outside) of my 14x32 train building taken today.
Thanks to everyone for sharing such inspiring and impressive layout spaces!
||Posted - 05/07/2012 : 8:01:44 PM
Hi Sammy, Tony and Brian. Thank you so much for taking the time to post overall views of your layouts. Sammy, I agree with you wholeheartedly, there are so many fine looking model railroads out there and we are lucky to have so many of their builders here on the forum. Again, thank you for taking the time to snap a few shots and post them. All of your layouts are inspirational! [:-thumbu][:-thumbu]
||Posted - 05/07/2012 : 1:50:04 PM
A few photos of my own layout room, if that is what it can be called!
I have to share it with the guest (double) bed and the laundry, as well as where the wife has some of her hairdressing bits and pieces....
A bit of a tight squeeze!
It's a staging yard to terminus layout, with a wye and a quarry off one end. The wye board lifts out (or will do when it's finished), to avoid any duckunders when operating (my back is too delicate to bend too much).
Standing in the doorway;-
View from the part-hidden staging yard;-
The terminus, showing where the entrance door is, and the wye will be;-
The back wall;-
||Posted - 05/04/2012 : 12:01:59 PM
Wow that's fast and your'e a neat worker.
||Posted - 05/04/2012 : 06:01:59 AM
It has been a year since I started this layout.