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so my granddad suggested that i build a 20 foot by 10 foot polytunnel in his veg patch and have planters on one side with track running behind them and a station on the other side. what do you guys think?

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Temperature could be an issue.  Too hot in summer too cold in winter.

Humidity could be an issue.  What is good for plants is bad for cardboard, steel and electrical stuff.

Lighting could be an issue.  You wont get much time working / playing on it in December. If you install lighting the local plod will probably think its a cannabis farm and raid it.

Durability could be an issue.  Poly tunnels have a finite lifespan, which might be less than you want from the layout.

 

BUT, if that's the only space available to you, its still possible.  I would suggest you build it as a portable layout, even if you don't intend to exhibit it so that:

  • You can take modules into the house to work on them.
  • You can bring it all indoors if the tunnel springs a leak or we experience a heatwave or a cold snap.

Good luck!

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the idea was to build it on brick supports as a simple layout with not much scenics similar to a OO gauge garden railway

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My father-in-law has one for drying out and storing logs. It gets unbearably hot when sunny and has a lot of condensation at night.

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well its either this or a small 6x8 shed

Having worked in polytunnels in the past, I'd go for the garden shed option, but build part of the layout outside to give yourself some space to run things. Given the curved nature of the structure, if you were to build the layout at anything above ground level, you'd not have that much width anyway (probably less than 6')

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not allowed to build out side of the shed because it would be in my garden not my granddads (mum would throw a fit)

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although saying that the max area for the new shed is 12 feet by 8 feet after measuring the base area

but i was going to build the layout at knee height with a bench on the edge

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One word of advice - DON'T!  You will regret it and waste your money - Have you ever seen a polytunnel after a REAL gale?

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I would strongly agree with everyone else here, don't do it. 

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That is one crazy idea, but, provided someone else is paying for the tunnel, why not?

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Change of plan I'll be building it in a 12 foot by 8 foot shed, station on one side and open countryside the other with a large bridge at the door

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how can i fit some thing like this in a 8x12 shed

 

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Put a big video screen on the end wall, a comfy armchair and a fridge for the beer, enjoy.

Keith

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how can i fit some thing like this in a 8x12 shed

 

 

 T Gauge...

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If you're prepared to duck under the baseboard and come up inside the mountain to access any trains that get "stuck" in the tunnels, you can probably give yourself a 12' x 5' space, which should be enough to get a decent sized layout with most of the characteristics of the one in the video.

 

The sections of the mountain would also need to be made removable to enable construction/maintenance of the scenery - that's how Pendon's put together!

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i worked out the size of that layout, it is 6 by 20 foot

 

And the rest!

 

There's a display case on the wall to the left of the huge moutain scene picture stretching most of the length of the room wall (3min35sec). A HO carriage will be roughly 1ft long which makes that display case roughly 1 meter wide. 6 meters = 20 feet. I reckon i could fit a few more than 6 of those cases along that wall. The scenic area of Warren Lane is 18ft, and that's a lot smaller than that layout appears.

 

Width is anyones guess really, but judging by the radius of the curves + scenic areas it's a lot more than 6 wide.

 

You'll have to bow to the older guys experience above with judging sizes on this one i think. Fantastic find though, that's a lovely layout. The Mt Titlis revolving cable cars take me back to where i learned to ski when i was young. They weren't revolving way back then but i did have a summer trip on them when they were still new and it's a weird feeling spinning around as you go along. No trains running under the real thing sadly :(

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