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    Default Storage other than jewel cases...

    What do you use besides the jewel cases to store your rolling stock, engines other railroad items? I use small compartmented tackle boxes for couplers, wheels, truck pins, etc. Was looking at storage cases online, but wanted to shy away from foam/cardboard boxes.
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    Plano 3450/3750 boxes

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    I use a revolutionary storage system called a layout. It’s pretty cool, it even acts as a photo backdrop when I want to get pictures.

    When they aren’t on the layout I have a wall display case and Axian boxes.
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    I appreciate your answer @jpwisc...just don't have space yet for a build. I do use EZ Track to set up a temporary loop to run trains. Trying to convince the better half to give up some wall space for a shelf layout.
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    Something I learned from my other hobby; a saltwater fish tank. It’s far easier to beg forgiveness then ask for permission. Besides. If your other half gives you the silent treatment or kicks you to the couch for setting up a train. Isn’t that just their passive aggressive way of granting more time for the new layout?

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    There was a thread a while back on the Axian cases - folks seemed to like those:

    https://www.nscale.net/forums/showth...anybody-use-it

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    I have two Hip Roof tackle boxes by Plano. One is for my loose freight cars and the other is my supply kit.
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    If you want to go cheaper than Axian l create your own with these. All you have to do is pick and chose the size that you want.

    https://www.uline.ca/BL_403/Flat-Boxes

    https://www.uline.ca/BL_863/Convoluted-Foam-Sets
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    I recently purchased a Plano 8606 6 tray tackle box at a local second hand store. Reasonably priced in good condition. Will be looking for some foam to cover the bottom of the compartments.
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    I too had a layout, The INDIANA RAILWAY, is in the redesign/rebuilding state right now. STORING CARS will be on the NEW STORAGE tracks. If the cars/rolling stock aren't on the layout earning their keep, they are on the display shelving, on the wall. I don't try to keep EVERY jewel case, too much wasted storage. I run 'em too much to be worried about storage. I have some AXIAN boxes [about 10 I think] for SPECIAL-RUN cars only. I used to be a SP-RUN collector. So I have certain ones cars, at this time, don't get ran on The INDIANA RAILWAY. But the majority of the cars are/will be running on The INDIANA RAILWAY. Why store them, if you are running them?
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    Right now due to space constraints in our house, I set up a loop of EZ Track to run when the twins & I want train time. When I get some room to build a shelf layout for now, things won't be in storage. I'm collecting locos & rolling stock for my time period.
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    I've been using nice black cardboard photo storage boxes from the local crafts stores, though I still store the cars themselves in their jewel cases. It helps me sort the cars a bit better since the boxes have little metal holder frames on the front for putting temporary labels. I tend to group my cars by road (PRR, NYC, etc.), region (Canada, New England, etc.), or type (tank cars, refrigerator cars, etc.), depending. I switch them around as the collection expands and new organization schemes make more sense. I still have more cars than what fits in the storage boxes but I've been working on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by porkypine52 View Post
    Why store them, if you are running them?
    I don't want cars to appear at consecutive operating sessions, unless they're spotted at an industry during a session and pulled the next. Some layouts I operate have only two cars assigned to an industry and that makes it too easy to just railroad on auto pilot. Ideally, a car wouldn't show up until every third or fourth session, but I'm not there yet with my fleet to make that happen. (Granted, my main yard isn't completed yet, so there's some time to get there.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by NSNYSWFAN74 View Post
    What do you use besides the jewel cases to store your rolling stock, engines other railroad items? I use small compartmented tackle boxes for couplers, wheels, truck pins, etc. Was looking at storage cases online, but wanted to shy away from foam/cardboard boxes.
    I built some storage myself using cable channels from the home improvement store. Right size for high cube cars is about 1.5"

    Glued some adhesive-backed foam (for insulating door and window frames) inside, glued a couple of channels together, cut them to fit an Ikea SAMLA box when stacked on top of each other.

    YMMV but it's cheap.
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    My storage / transportation boxes are not to everybody's taste, thick card trays with some foam at the ends to protect the couplings, The card is cut and glued with standard pva. I have used these for quite a few years now, going to club meetings twice a month and numerous freemo meets over the years so they are moved regularly and travel far. Trays are easily swapped from box to box. Had one box dropped, albeit from a low height, but no damage, slightly difficult to get some pieces of stock out but other than that they work well for me. Boxes are Really useful 9l boxes and will take 4 trays, the 4l variant takes 2 trays and is the same footprint as the 9l so locate together for stacking without sliding off, they are also incredibly strong.
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    I had a friend who replaced all of the lights in his shop with LED shop lights. The bulbs came in these card board boxes and FOAM inserts. (See pics)

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    I have purchased several plastic totes and then cut these to fit inside of them and I really like them.

    Can't seem to find a pic of a plastic tote with the foam in it, sorry.

    Only problem is that the companies have switched over to cardboard inserts, so my supply of foam inserts is gone. Drats!
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    I saw this picture on railpictures.net and immediately thought of this thread

    https://www.railpictures.net/photo/759074/

    I have no idea why they would store cars like that... sorry for the hijack

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    For my engines and rolling stock I use display cases hung on the wall. Not cheap, but a nice way to go. Train Display Cases for N, HO, and O Scale - Showcase Express (showcase-express.com)

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    I'm hunting around for solutions as well. The ULINE boxes look like decent potential, 14x7x2 at around $1 a box, but you still have to make your own inserts. 25 to a pack minimum, $11 shipping. Ironically the warehouse is only a couple of miles away, but will call pickup is $22! I may have to pull the trigger and have these shipped. Inserts will be a bit more interesting to make. Hmm.

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