Altamont and Blue Ridge Train Room Construction
built two HO scale layouts in the somewhat compromised confines of a
back-bedroom and an unfinished basement, I looked upon the enclosure of
the an entire 12 x 21 foot garage-bay in my new home in the mountains
as an opportunity to create a space designed specifically for model
railroading with special attention to electrical power, HVAC, surround
sound, and lighting. Construction began in the spring of 2008.
Train Room Features Include:
wrap-around mural wall with 36" corner radii.
an isolated 110 AC circuit for power and control devices
dedicated train room heating and air conditioning handled by a
stand-alone LG LA125HV “mini-split” unit
speakers located beneath the bench all the way around the room creating
a discrete surround sound environment designed to spatially locate
stationary sounds and to track the sounds of trains as they move around
deep lighting soffits above, mirroring the outer edge of the
bench-work with dimmable, UV filtered, daylight, florescent fixtures
hidden above the layout inside the soffits and dual-circuit Halo
track-lighting dropped from the central ceiling to just below soffit
height outside the soffits. These tracks allow warm incandescent flood
lights to be focused on the layout at various angles for hot and cool
side lighting effects as well as for twilight and night effects.