I've finally decided after years of enjoying reading and looking at other peoples model railways to build my own. The only experience I have had in the past is a Hornby Train Set which I played with when I was younger. Since those days, I have always wanted to build something bigger with the ability to run more trains and longer trains with a destination which is different from the departure point. Something I didn't get with the Hornby Track Mat.
Stage One of my project is now complete with the loft being fully boarded and electrical sockets and lights being installed. Stage Two however is causing me more problems. The age old problem of what to build.
So far I have tried several different designs of track plan and I have decided on several features that I would like to include:
- A continuous double track run (I like to watch the trains run round)
A Station Terminus
A Train Shed / Yard
A coal industry
As for the era I will be modeling, I am going to go with something from late 1950's in 1960's however I'm more likely to buy and run something I like then look for locomotives to fit the period. I would like a layout that does work for both Steam and Diesel.
I have attached my initial idea below (Still a work in progress). The double track making a continuous loop. The light blue track an incline to the station terminus on the upper level, with a train yard/depot/shed in the space below. I still need to decide where the Coal Industry is going to go and if I want a second, smaller through station.
As I said before, I'm new to something on this scale and would like some ideas of where to go with this idea next and any operation problems that I have missed.
Thanks in advance for any help or ideas.