I didn't vote because my answer really falls into the (e) none of the above
category.Phase I - No real plan as such
Initial entry to the hobby 'layout' in early 2009 using SBG Hornby track supplied with several train sets was to lay the track down in pretty much Trakmat fashion on improvised demountable x2 sheets of modified MDF as a baseboard nestled on workmate trestles. This differed from my childhood "Tri-ang Trains!" adventure of longer ago than I'd care to mention in that the track was actually laid level, at tabletop level and on a baseboard versus the undulating, cold, hard linoleum floor. It was also marginally more sophisticated than a single short oval, and ......it had points! DCC control by Hornby Select. Point control by Hand of God. Phase II - Roughly hewn, plan plagurised in part from a track plan book
18 months and a house move on, the growth curve progressed with supplementation of NCE PowerCAB for DCC control and acquisition more locos and carriages than arguably either rational or sane.
My now much larger current 'track plan' such as it is, was never intended to be anything other than experimental understanding that it'd be a developmental hands on learning curve which would be superseded as knowledge and experience grew. Using a combination of Hornby SBG and PECO Setrack with some PECO code 100 flexitrack thrown in for good measure, it is an abridged version of a track plan from Hornby's track plan book. I am fortunate to have a dedicated spare bedroom as a railway room and a new permanent in situ baseboard at table top height on which I can extend, add to or reconfigure my layout as desired.Phase III - Definite plan from a track plan book, which yet to be decided upon
Has just been initiated. The decision to stick with and standardise on NCE for CAB control, the PowerCAB has only this week been supplemented/superseded with a complete NCE PH Pro -R 5A wireless system and PSU. Similarly, point control in the future layout whose service life is envisaged as being considerably longer and more permanent as anything in life can be than its predecessors has been decided upon. ESU Switchpilot Servo Accessory decoders and 9g micro servos purchased are winging their way to me now. External decoder testing by ESU decoder tester. Of course, this DCC layout will feature multiple district circuit breaker protection, dedicated attached programming track implementation of things like NCE mini-panel now better understood than in the incipient phases.
As for the actual layout itself. Nothing truly original there. With a policy of if it works, leave it alone, I don't feel any inclination to reinvent the wheel. So no doubt that my next will be larger in having longer straights and perhaps an incline and cutaway section for a bridge or viaduct. At this point, it's currently in a roughly hewn dream stage of research & planning. I will differ most significantly in being of varying Tracksetta radii laid Flexitrack curves and Streamline geometry turnouts operated by servos. Little doubt however, the plan itself will be plaigurised from a conventional track plan researched in some book of plans suited to my wont at the time. I should think I'll always have a basic roundy as primary so I can sip espresso or savour a single malt as the mood takes me whilst I watch The Blytonian
express whizz by. Although I do have a concept that will possibly see the light of day, of a supplementary small portable (4'x 1½') end to end diorama where I can indulge in sheer detail singular period and location modelling.Phase IV - Who knows?
The metaphor unto dust thou shalt return
shall probably apply by then