View single post by W C Greene
 Posted: Mon Nov 8th, 2010 10:11 pm
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W C Greene

Joined: Fri May 4th, 2007
Location: Royse City, Texas USA
Posts: 8183
Not knowing how much of your layout will be outside, or the scenery you want, it is hard to tell you what to do. My entire layout is made of 2" blue styrofoam, the scenery included. The track is all handlaid on basswood ties and after laying track, I saturate it with Thompson's Water Seal. Of course, like real track, it takes pretty much constant maintainence but I don't mind. I could write a book about what I have done, but again, many would believe it is fiction and like some I have heard from...everybody knows more than I do about all this. Yep, as they sit in a chair at a computer inside a house and have no layout...they want to tell me how to do it! You need to consider how to cover the outside portion when it gets nasty and have stuff on it that can withstand the abuse. When the weather is nice (I personally love hot sunny weather), you can be outside soaking up rays.  I am fortunate that Texas weather is fairly nice, except for those pesky tornados, but if one hits, I got more to worry about than this silly train layout. It's all a matter of what you want to do and just get after it. You will learn what works and what don't, it's an adventure every day.

Here's a photo of some of my layout under about 6" of snow. Of course, it was covered nicely with 6MIL plastic sheet so nothing was damaged. As you can see, the whole thing sits atop camera tripods which has really worked out well.

And here is a photo taken in the nice sun of the right hand side in the snow photo showing that nothing was disturbed and trains ran as usual...just a few days after the snow melted.

*****looking at the green grass growing, this photo may have been taken in  the spring..but things would be the same-green or brown grass!*********

Last edited on Mon Nov 8th, 2010 11:24 pm by W C Greene

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