Graymee wrote:How the hell do you make your own points? can you post a link to a guide anywhere???
Sorry, just noticed that question. The most common method involves soldering bits of rail to copper-clad sleepers (circuit board stuff), using a template (from a kit, e.g. SMP, C&L, Marcway, or one of your own design using software (e.g. Templot) or drawn by hand (guess you really need to know what you're doing for that though..)). It's not generally for the faint-hearted! Although there are now plastic kits which just involve threading the rails though the sleepers and a bit of filing... but I don't think there's much choice with those and you lose most of the benefits of building your own (i.e. they're basically just off-the-shelf points that you go to the bother of building yourself).
Decent guides seem a bit thin on the ground (although there are books - one I've seen but not read is "An Approach to Building Fine Scale Track" (or something close to that) which looks good and I think I've seen recommended). About the best thing I found online was this thread on another forum: http://www.rmweb.co.uk/forum/viewtopic. ... &sk=t&sd=a
One thing I'm sure many people would suggest your plan needs is a headshunt - a track which means shunting can take place without fouling the mainline, so you can run a train around while shunting with no problems I was playing around with your plan and have labelled it on there. I've also done the main loops using curved points and flexitrack (the track spacing would need some work, but it's just rough), in case it's something you might want to consider. Just some ideas - I'm not saying it's what you should do Getting used to flexitrack to start with on your practice layout might not be a bad idea, because you will probably want to use it if/ when you go for something bigger.