The initial step was to decide the overall size of the layout. This was governed
by the room size and, bearing in mind that it had to come out of the door if we ever
moved. There was no thought then of exhibiting it at any shows, far from it. After
the overall size was determined, C&L 7mm 32mm track and point templates were obtained
A kind word with the senior partner (THE WIFE) and the lounge floor was used to lay
the templates out to determine the overall configuration, and how the layout would
function. After much moving around, a final track plan was decided. Where point work
was needed the templates were stuck together to get the alignment correct.
The baseboards were constructed and put in place, now was the time to see if it worked
in situ. I had already made some wagons so I investigated how the layout would operate
with ‘dummy’ trains. It all seemed to make sense paper templates were used for the
buildings and to get some idea of the spatial concepts.
More advanced track laying and part of the station platform
The beginning of track laying
Schematic of the complete railway - Click on image for a larger picture.