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I'm trying to go through my collection of stuff to see what I can reduce and looking at it all, I could probably make a medium sized layout without having to buy a single thing.

I know layouts have been born (although probably not finished  ;)) from a single piece of plywood laying around in the garage, but how about a stack of buildings and boxes of details and accessories?  Has anyone started a layout just because there's no reason for it all to be sitting around?

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Re: Anyone ever build a layout just because they had too much stuff?
« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2014, 10:11:05 AM »
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I built a 48" FreemoN module because I just had the stuff sitting there.

I do that with engines too. Every once in a while I build an engine because I have the parts there, but that is another story.
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Re: Anyone ever build a layout just because they had too much stuff?
« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2014, 11:12:04 AM »
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Guilty !  In addition to the "family room" size layout, I now have a 7' 6" by 2' 6" loop and a 8' long switching layout.  And I still have enough stuff left for another layout.  But thank God.....no more room for one.  Well......there is the carport.....................
I started with nothing and still have most of it left.

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Re: Anyone ever build a layout just because they had too much stuff?
« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2014, 08:33:10 PM »
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Although I don't think "too much stuff" was my situation, instead of spending a lot more money to accommodate my myriad engines and cars, I relegated myself to a specific time period and location, and I sold off EVERYTHING that didn't fit, including many brass engines and cars that were definitely collectible along with almost a thousand plastic cars

What this did was more than finance buying a top-of-the-line DCC system, additional throttles, top-of-the-line wiring and wiring accessories, premium pine, sanded two-sides birch plywood and clear redwood lumber for more modular benchwork, several dozen engines that were exactly right for my chosen era and location, several premium power tools to make my benchwork construction easier, and well over a grand's worth of sound and non-sound decoders...and I still had money left over.

Today most of that space that selling off the motive power and rolling stock created on my storage shelves has been re-occupied by lots of big blue Athearn engine boxes.  There's still space available for all those Kato FEF-3's that are comin'!

The big difference between today and five years ago is that nowadays all the new stuff I buy fits my era and location perfectly...and my layout is also just right for my engines and rolling stock...with no exceptions, except for my grown son's SP stuff which he buys and runs on my U.P. territory.

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Re: Anyone ever build a layout just because they had too much stuff?
« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2014, 09:17:40 PM »
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I think my whole life is based on this. Except I make sure I have too much stuff  :P

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Re: Anyone ever build a layout just because they had too much stuff?
« Reply #5 on: October 08, 2014, 10:04:38 PM »
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I didn't think it was possible to have too much stuff.

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Re: Anyone ever build a layout just because they had too much stuff?
« Reply #6 on: October 08, 2014, 10:46:29 PM »
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If you don't have enough space, I may have the perfect solution for you.  I have an extra layout cover, with enough space for 7 large roomsized layouts, 2 small roomsized layouts, a basement layout and a 2 car garage layout.  It does need some work (insulation, mostly, and a new roof in a few years), but does come with a completely equipped crew galley.  I can assure you that most of the proceeds will go to my getting even more stuff, for the layout in the house I actually live in.
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Re: Anyone ever build a layout just because they had too much stuff?
« Reply #7 on: October 08, 2014, 10:57:06 PM »
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Just saw an ad up top for Russian brides.com.  Maybe we are spending money on the wrong stuff  :D

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Re: Anyone ever build a layout just because they had too much stuff?
« Reply #8 on: October 08, 2014, 11:23:19 PM »
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I've reached the tipping point in age, I think, where I've realized that there are way more projects on my shelves than I'll have time in life to complete.
Beginning another layout will need to be a much bigger priority soon enough.
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Re: Anyone ever build a layout just because they had too much stuff?
« Reply #9 on: October 08, 2014, 11:28:10 PM »
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          :| My Previous layout was built and mostly finished in 1969 when I realized I had too much stuff as George Carlin said; "You can never have Enough Stuff", anyway there was no room on the layout  for all of it this was on about a five and a half feet by eleven feet layout. Now of course I have several Klein sized hobby shops worth of roling stock and lokies .a much large layout and stiil way too much "Stuff". I know do as some have suggested use Trading Post or Flea Bay. Nate Goodman (Nato). Salt Lake, Utah. :|
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Re: Anyone ever build a layout just because they had too much stuff?
« Reply #10 on: October 08, 2014, 11:55:41 PM »
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Too much stuff , what's that , now too little room I know very well .

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Re: Anyone ever build a layout just because they had too much stuff?
« Reply #11 on: October 09, 2014, 12:42:59 AM »
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Too much stuff?

Too little room ?


Rockefeller was right when asked how much money is enough and he answered " Just a little more"

Remind me of the corollary, How many yard tracks are enough " Just one more " ! 

works for me......

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Re: Anyone ever build a layout just because they had too much stuff?
« Reply #12 on: October 09, 2014, 04:39:37 AM »
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          :| My Previous layout was built and mostly finishedin 1969 when I realized I had too much stuff as George Carlin said; "You can never have Enough Stuff", anyway there was no room on the layout  for all of it this was on about a five and a half feet by eleven feet layout. Now of course I have several Klein sized hobby shops worth of roling stock and lokies .a much large layout and stiil way too much "Stuff". I know do as some have suggested use Trading Post or Flea Bay. Nate Goodman (Nato). Salt Lake, Utah. :|

George Carlin was right (and funny!). Only problem for me is that I don't have enough stuff.
Of course, any time I have a paypal balance I become dangerous as I start frequenting the UK eBay looking for more GWR relics to pay a fortune to ship here.
And of course now I'm thinking that maybe I might want some PVC figures of my favorite characters from I series I thoroughly enjoyed, but that's a whole other story.
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Re: Anyone ever build a layout just because they had too much stuff?
« Reply #13 on: October 09, 2014, 07:52:23 AM »
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If you don't have enough space, I may have the perfect solution for you.  I have an extra layout cover, with enough space for 7 large roomsized layouts, 2 small roomsized layouts, a basement layout and a 2 car garage layout.  It does need some work (insulation, mostly, and a new roof in a few years), but does come with a completely equipped crew galley.  I can assure you that most of the proceeds will go to my getting even more stuff, for the layout in the house I actually live in.

Can your "layout Cover" be shiped  :facepalm:

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Re: Anyone ever build a layout just because they had too much stuff?
« Reply #14 on: October 09, 2014, 01:26:20 PM »
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Just when I think I have everything I'll ever need, they come out with something else I didn't know I needed.

Shame it's so easy to add more rolling stock and power, but expanding layout capacity is another story.