Hello - I am back.
Had a rethink on the layout design in the last few days after getting cold feet about the original. The new track is below. I took inpsiration from a butternut squash (
) in the shape, but adapted it to suit the track I have already. I did have it set to run with most R/H setrack points, without realising the majority of the points for the old layout were L/H so the layout was mirrored and runs the opposite direction. I took the advice of bigbob and have limited the loops to a twin mainline with an odd section at the top. you will notice it straight away (I think).
Scenery - Bottom of the layout I will have a through station with 1 line terminating, and a storage line behind for loco/coach storage. The top section of sidings will be my take on my dads old workplace - in transit depot/storage location. I will have loco stabling in the middle (upper left hand side in middle of loops, and refueling station. At the end of the platform, to hide the track cornering, there will be a tunnel. Now I have't decided whether this will be a mountain tunnel or tunnel beneath town scene. Either way, most of the middle of the layout will be urban town scene with the upper section fenced off, similar to how operational siding areas are.
this is the XTrkCad design of the new layout.
All the track from the old design pulled up and relaid as per the new design above. I am sadly lacking a few components which i will have to order. I have everything required to start wiring and pinning the main two loops, but due to strained ligaments in my foot, I am supposed to be resting (how does the doctor think you rest when you have 3 11 month old babies to look after, I don't know!)
i have perched the tunnel openings where they are going to be to give an idea of the size of tunnel I'm aiming for. I do know that I will need to allow access for derailments etc, so I am going to incorporate a hinged hatch in the back panel for access.
This is the odd points section I mentioned above, It allows the outer and inner loops to merge, and depending on direction of travel, access into the sidings area. Hopefully I am going to incorporate a signal box in the middle.
This picture shows the 2 through lines and single terminating line with siding for coaches and maybe a loco or two.
The pictures I have linked to show a siding in the middle of the layout. This will be changed once I have ordered the additional track required. i was seeing what I could do with the many pieces of setrack I have left over. I have decided that with the overspill of track (basically the track that came with the starter set I bought last year, I will do a 2 1/2 x 2 foot layout sometime in the future. No point in wasting good sections of track now is there.
All of the work that needs doing is going to take a long while because of my foot and also because of a medical condition I have concerning my back and legs. Updates will be plentiful, which means more photos for you guys to ponder over and give friendly advice and criticism, like you have in the previously 4 pages.
Next major purchase of rolling stock I'm intending on buying (wont be until December) is going to be either a class 220 cross country or the Class 222 in midland mainline livery. ideally I would like the 222 however there is no date for release yet.
Sorry if this is a long post. Hope I ain't bored you all to death!