Loco & Rolling Stock Storage - "What are the Options" ?
This is a topic which is likely to be encountered by almost all railway modellers, irrespective of scale / gauge & certainly does not it seem to have any one simple, correct or standard answer . Perhaps it does & we have just not found it ?
Having briefly discussed this with LF&T; we would like, on a joint basis to canvas the thoughts, views & ingenuity of the MRF membership, to see what solutions can be found, are in use, are in mind, etc. These may be existing, new or adaptions on a theme, the initial intention being to collate what's out there at present, & then perhaps depending on the response, move forward from there.
By way of some background information & as food for thought; we would offer the following;
Current Thinking on Outline Spec;
So far is: to try to conceive the simplest possible storage module that
• minimises/eliminates the need for handling the model during transfer from storage to track and vv
• can be easily stacked and packed away in drawers (removing the need for dustproofing) without wasting space due to voids.
• is 'linear' - it can be cut to suit the length of the model it houses.
• allow contents to be checked visually
• has an inner surface that is not abrasive to the model, yet restrains it if the storage module is tilted/inverted.
• has stop ends to prevent the model from rolling out
So what might it be made of? Off the peg rectangular transparent extrusion - with removable end plugs? Or a stout card/3mm ply IKEA style flatpack faced with some fabric that enables it to be folded (like a file box) so as to house and restrain the model?
That said the following may assist in adding some meat to the bones;
Selection of Links of possible source material / ideas + some thoughts / comments;
Here are some links to current available systems / products, no doubt there are others (?) :
MPD storage boxes - RJ's DC Concepts approach. http://www.dccconcepts.com/index_files/DCCmpdstorage.htm
Eurobahn here - which actually has rails inside so the train can be driven out. (* will add this link to next post)
Then there is the display rack system Trainsafe here http://www.train-safe.de/index_en.php?section=1
: expensive but maybe the principle may be employed using acrylic extruded rectangular tube. Trainsafe can be bought in the UK @
Joachim Messerschmidt (everything from full size 50s bubble car to a WW2 109 available from stock?)
37 Nightingale Drive
Towcester Northants. NN12 6RA
- Costs - could a "cheaper / more readily affordable" alternative version be developed ?
- Could you contrive a far more minimalist IKEA style interpretation of the principle that one might just lift out of a drawer and offer up to the track ?
…..at the moment we were basing the approach on a system or systems which could fit within storage drawers, such as those shown below - but without the "boxes" !;
This may not be the right starting point. Nothing here is precious or cast in stone. Hope this sets the grey matter running & very much look forward to your input.
After all we all want ready, easy & regular use of our loco's & rolling stock, but with minimal risk of damage to them, in the process.
LF&T & Norm