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A new project in my studyroom




As I have some train compositions in my collection that deserve to be presented in a fashinable way, I started planning a new display.


I felt the urge of making a showcase which should contain both a lengthy diorama for presenting long trains in full grandeur,

and there had to be room for some static presentations of single locomotives or even small train (so called Lokalbahn) compositions.


Since I moved to the North, many books are still lying unpacked in their boxes by lack of shelves.

Now that I finally have plans for a new bookcase - after a special wall was installed in my study room - I planned to integrate a train display annex showcase right into it as well.



The result (or at least… the beginning of it) can be seen in the next pictures.

Since the shelves measure 40 cm deep and 250 cm wide, I figured that the most appropriate theme for showing trains in full length might be...


d i e  R h e i n s t r e c k e !





In stead of having the hooks in front of the shelves, as usually done, I decided to use wider shelves and shorter hooks.

Drilling holes of 5 mm at the bottom gave way for the vertical hooks.

It not only looks smoother, but this way it also prevents lateral movements.





Later on, I will make a second shelf in the middle for static presentation of locomotives.

Two glass panels are needed in the front to protect against dust and dirt.




20.4.2019 -  two 'rails' of beech wood (two cuts of 5 mm) have been ordered to hold the (4 mm) glass panels



The upper part is meant for static trasins, whereas the lower one will contain a display



On Saturday May 4th 2019, I prepared the shelve in the middel for the static models!

A brim is needed to hide the LED equipment from view, while illuminating the display below.





Then three shelves are needed for a stepped display



Smooting out with sanding paper





Providing a stain layer






Waiting for the glass panels. Coming up next week....


T h a t ' s  i t  f o r  n o w !


To be continued!



Frits Osterthun © 7.5.2019