Durango Silverton Shelf Layout

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CEO Alan Young
City, Country Blairsville
State/Prov GA
Scale
G  
Name of Layout Durango Silverton Shelf Layout

This shelf layout fulfills a life-long desire of being able to enjoy trains year-round without having to pack them away in boxes. The next best thing to a dedicated room or space was to build a shelf around the top of the room for an operating layout.
In the 20x16 room, the first step was to construct a shelf wide enough to support a G-guage layout. With the help of a good friend, we designed and fabricated a 12" shelf for the back (focal) wall and 10" shelves for the three other walls. Corners were made from plywood and designed to transition from the 12" to 10" shelving. After the layout was up and running, it was clear that something special was needed for the focal wall. I found the perfect background at BackDropWarehouse.com. This backdground was photographed in Leadville, CO, and looks very similar to the landscape at Durango-Silverton. I had left 24" between the shelf and the ceiling, and wanted a background that included more land than sky. This particular background did not include any man-made objects, so I concluded that scaling would not be as critical. Because the shelf is 8 ft. high on the wall, and in order to reveal as much land as possible, I ordered the HO-scale background.
We used backdrops from BackDrop Warehouse       Member - BackDrop Warehouse Customers

The backdrop may look washed out but this is due to lighting used for photography. Visually it is much darker. (note from BDWH)

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Layout Size 20 x 16 ft.
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The Background was installed with rubber cement, carefully following the instructions and tips provided on the BackgroundWarehouse.com website. From beginning to end, it took about six hours to trim and install the background. It clearly had the greatest impact of any single item that I could have chosen to highlight the layout.
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Now that the background is in place, the next planned step will be to add some scenery detail and building front/facade kits.
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