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Old 09-01-2016, 04:03 PM   #1
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Good evening Gents,

Looking for your guidance and views on where to locate new layout, we have recently moved and the old layout I had started, which was 16 x 4 had to be dismantled.

So now comfortably in the new house, decision time on where to locate the new layout.

Options, are Loft, Garage, Shed

Loft - would need to put in floor etc

Garage - already has electrics in it, has a utility room in there with false walls and door to remainder of the garage

Shed - no restriction here as would be putting in base etc would need to run electrics to it but dont see that as any problems.

So my question is which is the best, looking for your views and guidance of the pros and cons of all options, nothing is yet set in stone so all views welcomed.
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All have their pros and cons and IMHO it always comes back to temperature, moisture and operator comfort.
Garage: even with a separate area as you describe, they can still get damp and solid concrete floors are seriously gold in winter.
Loft: too hot in summer, too cold in winter - unless you make a major investment in insulation. And as you get older, climbing ladders can be a pain - literally.
Shed: can still be too hot/cold but as a shed tends to stand separate from other structures they can be insulated fairly easily.
Whichever you choose always consider ways of combating temperature and humidity, both of which can have a detrimental effect on the operator and the layout.

PS personally I went for the shed as a dedicated railway room.
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Hi Steve

What size she did you go for?
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What size she did you go for?
12' X 8' is all that SWMBO would allow.
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You might think about making a portable layout. If you look on the Internet you can often find a knitting machine table which is strong and light. The legs fold away for storage. You can assemble this in the garage during the summer. The layout can be stood on its side in the garage when it is not in use. You could get two knitting machine tables to support a larger layout made in two sections. The portable layout or at least a section of it can be assembled indoors in the winter.

As others have noted, a loft layout is a major undertaking which will involve an expensive conversion of the loft as a first step.
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My 16ft x 2ft 6in N gauge is in the garage and with a portable heater, no problems. I'll soon be relocating it to the barn though as it gives me more room but no doubt a whole new set of challenges
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