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    Planning on it!

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    Been a long time since I checked on the forum. Glad I did, now that I found the topic for the new layout. Will make sure to check in more often now
    It's great to see your plans, and progress on your train room. I'm (obviously) particularly excited to see the Dutch part of the layout. Good luck, can't wait to see more!

    (I recently decided to start on some small Dutch modules myself, I'm looking forward to picking up my first Dutch n-scale train when I go over there in a few weeks.. will be a nice change from my BNSF/UP roster)

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    I have nearly completed hanging sheet rock in the new train room. If you refer back to the first post on July 4th, the day I started this project, you can see the "before" photo. Here is the current state of the rocking:



    Just three more sheets to finish the ceiling and the upper two feet around the doorway area, and a little odd sized piece above the electrical panel on the left in this photo, and I'll be able to sell the sheet rock lift. It has been a great tool, allowing me to do this project solo, at my leisure, and within my physical limitations.

    Once the sheet rock is hung, hopefully before January 1st, there will be a hiatus before mudding and taping. The Light-Of-My-Life has a few projects she would like me to accomplish, and there is a train show on January 11th & 12th coming up and I need to do maintenance to ensure flawless operation before then.

    So far as the finish work on the sheet rock, I am considering professional help (no, not psychiatric) since I am not very good at mudding and taping. Of course, given the size of this room, I expect I would be a bit more skilled by project's end.

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    Wow, looks great especially compared to how it looked when I saw it last. As always, if you need another pair of hands and some muscle, let me know. However, you don't want me mudding those seams. I am known "over-mudder" and sanding typically leaves me white head to toe.

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    Thanks, @dave68124! I very much appreciate your help and your offer! The irregular spacing of studs and rafters made this a bit of a fuss-budget project. I couldn't see trying to slam it, even with you and Gary doing the heavy lifting.

    By the way, the outside temperature this morning was 17, while the temp in the Train Room was 46,even without heat.

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    Excellent work on the train room!

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    As of today there may be a radical departure from this plan. Feeling very mellow after a nice lunch from the French Kitchen (ham and Brie on baguettes) devoured at a previously undiscovered brewery (Lost Friend Brewing Co), Kathy suggested I build a 2nd layout to transport to train shows. This would alternate with my Rheinland Bayern Bahn at shows, not be in addition - cannot transport both to the same shows.

    So when we got home I sat down and drew up a track plan that could connect (at home) with my current layout. When I have a few more details drawn in I'll start a new build thread. Meanwhile, the basics are that it will be 10 ft by 4 ft with one corner cut off by 6 inches on a 45 angle to fit in the horse trailer. This will be modern Swiss/Austrian with the occasional vintage relic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by el Gato Gordo View Post
    This will be modern Swiss/Austrian
    Does this mean mountains and SNOW ???
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    Indubitably! And a Seilbahn (cable car) and a Sommer Rodelbahn on lower level. The Seilbahn will be operated by a spectator pushbutton on a 30 second timer. I'm trying to think of more pushbutton activities. I like to have at least three on a show layout.

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    Perhaps an automated highway/bikes?

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    I like that idea @Scotian_Huntress @el Gato Gordo having automated vehicles running back and forth
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    Hmmm. I understand the Faller bus system, but not sure how I could rig a system in which kids can push a button to activate vehicles for 15 seconds or so. I'm contemplating a rock or mountain climber who will ascend and descend a rock face "on demand." Also trying to figure out how to do the Sommer Rodelbahn as a working attraction. All suggestions are welcome!

    My goals in bringing the layout to train shows include entertaining people. This is where the interactive scenes come into play. If people and especially kids are enjoying the layout, they tend to stay longer, and ask questions about model railroading and about the prototype trains. Then the goal of education is better achieved. Thus I like to have at least 3 pushbutton activities. On my current layout I have 6 pushbuttons and the layout is usually mobbed at shows.

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    The Faller Car System uses "stop stations" (no idea what the correct translation is) with little magnets in the road to trigger a reed contact inside the car, stopping the motor. You could wire your pushbuttons to some of them, so pushing a button will release a car/bus from the "stop station".

    Hmm, what else? A rotating restaurant tower? Blinkenlights? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fagx-Gj6nKg (though the trend seems to have died down, or maybe I've outgrown it)

    edit: Video with colors: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZqBsPHLtE0

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    Maybe some nude sunbathers who turn over to tan the other side?

    Ooops, my bad, gotta keep the kids in mind. ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Schmidt View Post
    Ooops, my bad, gotta keep the kids in mind. .
    Oddly, at the last train show in March no kids noticed the FKK nudist camp - and neither did adults until I told them to search for it. Nor do people notice the hookers propositioning the friar. Or the couple having sex in the apartment. Or the fat man peeing in the woods. Or....

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    @el Gato Gordo @Paul Schmidt

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    Innocent as a lamb......with mint sauce.

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    There's a Dutch company that make HO magnet hauled bikes. They have a great plastic chain mechanism that fits underneath your layout that they sell separately. You could use this to power all sorts of things. I just can't remember what they are called ?
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    Can you fit in a Pilatus railway? And hang gliders and cows. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTSBRl8rbgo

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    Considering doing a funicular. Hang gliders or base jumpers is a good idea. Thanks for the suggestions, @NtheBasement.

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