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Old 09-05-2018, 07:22 PM   #1
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Default Shed layout question

I'm wanting to know if I can use my single brick shed to house a small railway layout. My shed does not have any insulation so would this affect my tracks in any way such as rust or can I purchase oo gauge outdoor track for my shed layout.

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I suppose moisture will be the key. Obviously a single brick thickness of wall won't help, but if the roof, windows and the door are sound you're half way there. Moisture on the rails won't be good, but damp track beds and scenery might also be a problem. And you don't want your locos metal bits getting damp! You can get very low energy use electric heaters for wet/very cold weather, the sort of things that you would put in a greenhouse that won't break the bank..
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If you have nickel silver track, which is the track Hornby and Peco sell, then it can actually be used outdoors so the track itself isn't the problem. Rather it is the potential for the baseboard surface to warp which may pose an issue. Also, it is wize not to use card building kits. Dont get me wrong. Card can be protected against the damp, but it is better if one avoids card.
The main issue (Apart from some scenic items) is to keep any power control equipment in dry conditions and is good practice to store locos (Especially if DCC) in a dry location.
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Old 09-05-2018, 08:23 PM   #4
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A thermostatically controlled, oil filled radiator is all you need to keep the temperature above the ‘dew point’ to prevent any condensation. And use decent timber - not MDF - for your properly braced and constructed baseboards.
I'm not arguing with you, I'm explaining why you are wrong.
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Old 10-05-2018, 07:51 AM   #5
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Could you line/insulate the inside? I imagine it might be a cold and inhospitable place to work for long hours for a good part of the year.
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Good morning, I had a similar problem, I found the best solution was to dab fix plasterboards to the walls and insulate ceiling and plasterboard and plaster skim I then used insulation board on the floor. All that didn't work out to expensive as the only bit I needed to get workman in for was to plaster walls and ceiling. It's now a lot warmer and only needs a small heater in the winter to get the temperature up to a comfortable environment.
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