There’s no chance you’ll handle your train layout the way other household stuff is handled during a move. After all, most people dedicate years to building a train layout in the home. It’s a recreational activity loved by some people. In countless cases, train layout builders made one without considering that they might have to move to another house one day.
When builders build a train layout permanently inside the house, moving it to another property without damaging it can be challenging. No matter how much effort you exert, the chances of damage will remain high until you use the following steps.
5 Steps on How to Move Your Train Layout to another House
If you haven’t completed or started building your train layout yet, consider building it in sections. That way, it’s easier to disassemble and move it safely in sizeable packages. Here’s what you must learn and follow if you want your train layout to be unscathed at the end of the moving process:
1. Construct Multiple Modules (Modular Sections of the Train Layout)
You can build multiple modular sections in your train layout from the beginning. If you’ve already completed your train layout, you can try to divide it into modular sections if possible. The optimal and easy-to-move sections are 3×6 feet.
Calculate the doors’ width and height earlier to avoid cutting the train layout excessively. If you didn’t build your train layout in modular sections, it would require a lot of cutting and strategic breaking before moving.
2. Gather and Compile the Wiring
Don’t assume it’ll be easy to recognize each wire set and where it goes. Make sure you color code the wiring, gather it in one place, and label it accurately. Consider using Molex plugs and terminal strips to compile the wires easily.
3. Opt for Removable/Replaceable Backdrops
Go for removable backdrops instead of wall-attached ones. If not possible, use tempered hardboard so you can move it easily later on. If you paint the wall as a backdrop, you must create it again after moving.
4. Glue the Train Landscape/Scenery
Glue all the scenery to the train layout that you think isn’t removable or will get damaged during the move if not handled correctly. It’s important to glue the correct scenery elements because gluing scenery can cause a huge mess.
5. Keep the Screws Visible
Keep the bolts and screws accessible for seamless benchwork. You might have to break or saw-off some supports if you can’t find and undo the bolts/screws on the train layout.
Ready to Move?
Follow each step carefully and note any existing damaged or components that get damaged easily. Keep the screws safe and the wiring intact when planning the move. You can contact Charles Ro to make the move trouble-free. With the help of Charles Ro, you can make sure your train layout moves to the new property undamaged. Give Charles Ro a call today to find out more!