If you've been following my workbench thread you'll have a fair idea of what's been happening.
- since my last post here, I've moved out of home, and subsequently moved again at the start of this year.
- I occasionally go home and run things, and complain that I have no room.
The track plan has changed a bit. Instead of the far outer loop running on the other side of the platform, it now runs along the inside, parallel to the inner track at the bottom. The engine sheds have moved to the middle of the board, coming off the turntable. Basically it's reverted to the very first plan in this thread, but with the sheds coming off the turntable and no platform 'spur'.The No Room Argument
Since moving out, I have acquired:
2 Hornby T9s (BR Black and Southern Unlined Black)
A second School's Class (St Pauls)
6 Lima German locos, and assorted rolling stock (I think I'll build another layout for these...)
Bachmann C Class (plain green - surprisingly not good runner)
This is in addition to (from memory):
Schools Class (Blundell's)
As you can probably imagine, it's a little chaotic at best, doubly so when I try and run more than one thing at a time. Not being able to reach the far points is always a PITA too.
It's also frustrating having a number of Pacifics and 'long-range' locos with nowhere to really go, and having to move every loco from in front of the shed to get to what I feel like running. If I had a nice display cabinet, I'd just keep most things there and bring them out when I needed to run them, but that's not really possible.
My new house has a little room, but definitely not enough to run anything worthwhile. At the moment, my 'layout' on my desk consists of two pieces of Hornby curved track controlled by a Hornby Select, and that's usually kept in a drawer due to space. I've considered having modular boards under my bed that I could pull out, connect and run, but there's not really anywhere to set it up to run where a) there'll be more than one loop and b) where an errant demon cat won't decide that my T9 looks like a delicious chewtoy. Not to mention the cat fur...
The other option I've been toying with is reinstating the around-the-room that existed in my room up until a few years ago. Not only did it save more space, but it was a good size for running, had a pretty decent yard and was generally more practical. Except the drawbridge behind the door. That was a bad and very shortlived idea... The only issue is the parentals, who believed that the around-the-room was a much worse idea.
A third option would be a garden layout, but this would take some severe planning and research.Photos:
On the left, the stuffed J72 and the Schools awaiting a decoder and fix to the hole in the tender, then Hogwarts Castle and the BR Black Lancashire Tank awaiting a decoder. In the sheds, everything else. Below the camera is the turntable. Off in the background are the two class 37s and one teak carriage (on reflection, the whereabouts of the other would be nice to know...), the class 47 and the A4, with the 105 on the far right.
Despite it looking like a shunting accident, there is in fact some space between the carriages in the top left (a whole couple of mls).
My desk layout, featuring the demon wondering if this thing moving backwards and forwards is edible. Or push-off-the-desk-able.
Until next time