Table Of Contents
Following is a list of my layout requirements (and desires). I will be adding to this list as I have time.
|Points Of Interest
Here is a diagram of my future train room (click on it to view a bigger image). There is one wall which has a circuit breaker panel on it. I believe it would be best to reserve this wall for my desks, tables, wall shelves, and such. Therefore, the door would probably go best on the left side of the room. That leaves the other three walls for the benchwork. Unfortunately, the right side of the room has only about seven foot of height due to heating ducts. Feel free to copy this image and make additions or changes for suggested benchwork.
July, 22 1997 - Our first letter (and only letter at this point) is from Chuck Davis. Chuck writes (with my responses in blue)...
O.K. Randy: I'm cogitating. A couple questions that might make a difference as to what I suggest.
(1) What is to be on the "other" side of the
'proposed wall'? Suggestions will be different if it is to be 'laundry area' vs.
'rumpus/family room'. The other side of the 'proposed wall' is the rest of my basement.
I am actually enclosing the back part of the basement and will have shelving and/or cabinets on the basement side of the 'proposed wall'. The upper and left walls are concrete block foundation walls and the wall on the right is a partition to another finished room of which I have to rights to.
(2) What is the overall room height? Remember that 'air ducts' when painted a 'light sky-blue' can pretty well disappear (they can be ignored if the lighting is such that there aren't any _drastic_ shadows).
The height under the ducts is about seven feet. I plan on installing a drop ceiling to brighten the room. Currently, when you look up, you see floor joist. A drop ceiling will brighten it up and make it more pleasant.
(3) Is the requirement (desire) for two tracks, because of wanting to just let two trains 'orbit' unattended. Or is your leaning toward _heavy_ traffic RRing, that would have double track as a matter of course?
A little of both. I like the...um...look (for lack of a better work right now) of two trains passing, meeting, or just sitting idle.
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