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Posted January 18, 2016 - 05:27 PM

An elderly widow lady I know has some small gauge trains that were her husband's. She is looking for some showcases for them. Any suggestions?
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Posted January 18, 2016 - 05:31 PM

I'll bet Ray will have a suggestion.


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Posted January 18, 2016 - 05:59 PM

Have seen guys make little shelves along one big wall and put each shelf narrow and just enough for long train setting on tracks.  All sizes that way.  If just for some engines and short stuff box with glass fronts?  I'm sure at train shows there might be people with some for sale or willing to build some. I'm thinking have to be hand-built items to be right for trains, being so narrow and yet long. Put want ads out in woodwork places for someone to build??


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Posted January 18, 2016 - 07:21 PM

I wish I had pictures... My uncle who passed away several years ago, was into collecting scale die cast cars. I'm not sure how many he had bit alot! Well he was into wood working a little as well. Combining the two hobbies and he would go to furniture stores and dumpster dive for old console TVs. The good heavy older ones made of wood. He would strip out all the electronics, square up the front, make shelves and cover them with green felt. Some glass sliding doors on front and a really awesome looking display stand.

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Posted January 18, 2016 - 07:52 PM

She wants them to be covered to keep dust off.
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Posted January 19, 2016 - 06:57 AM

I'm sure it will depend on size and quantity, but I would show something like this to a local cabinet guy or to the local VoTech teacher and see if they can build what's needed.
http://www.trackside...YLICDOORS1.html
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Posted January 19, 2016 - 08:45 AM

What are you calling small gauge?  Z, N, HO, ??  For any of those sizes or even the O & O27 might work, check at department type stores or jewelry stores for the 2 sided display case with peg board back.  You can get pegboard hooks in about any length and cut to what you need.  Use DAP Tub & Tile adhesive  CLEAR to tack the hook in place and lay strips of 1/8" paneling or plywood for a shelf.  Take the shelf in place with the same adhesive and set the train car or engine on the track.  The cars and engine can even be tack in place with the adhesive on the back wheels and it dries clear and stays put.  2 sides usually about 5' tall, rotates for easy viewing of  2 sides and will hold a lot of trains.  I use one for my belt buckles, over 100 and still have room for more.   Doors are clear and lock.

 

Got mine at an auction for $5 and have seen them sitting outside of different stores.  They are mainly used for jewelry and watch display.


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