So Glasgow's been and gone, and what have I been up to?
First of all, I've been detailing absolutely everything it's in my power to detail! No locomotive near me is safe. Nor are any brake vans (adding tail lamps and, where feasible, guards) and, as of this weekend, coaches, as a whole selection of corridor connections have arrived.
I have also been giving serious thought to the next layout, as work on it could feasibly commence as early as this year. (It's feasible, though not necessarily likely; a whole lot of ducks will need to be lined up for it to happen!) I've been trying to pin down what, exactly, my requirements are. This is trickier than you might imagine; separating a requirement from a 'nice to have' is not always entirely straightforward...
To that end, here are my thoughts as to what I'm trying to accomplish:
1) Four-track mainline operations.
2) Room for 9-coach express trains.
3) Significant water feature.
5) Use of Peco/DCC Concepts Code 75 Bullhead track.
6) Proper fiddleyard (this can be Code 100, as I have a full box of Peco flexitrack stashed away and I don't want to waste it!)
7) Large-radius curves.
Open-frame modular baseboard construction.
And here are the nice-to-haves:
1) Branchline(s) (perhaps on a different level to the mainlines?)
2) Port/quayside facilities
5) A nice windmill...
Ah well - all fairly nebulous at this stage, but definitely things to ponder...