Been working on expanding the layout (originally 4 x 8) and now up to nearly a 12 x 8 (it's 84 sf).
Pics attached of the revisions we've made to the track plan, where we are now, and suggestions on best way to finish.
We ran out of track!
The goal is to run 1 train on the elevated section in a simple oval, probably a winter scene, tunnel on the back side.
This elevated platform will become a "mountain" with scenery, trees, tunnel, etc.
2 more trains will run on the main section. Since I am new to the hobby, I am not familiar with blocking (although I got some good tips on the forum), and initially plan on keeping the lines separate and running a transformer for each. Is this a good way to start?
Some have suggested a Z-1000, but might just go with another Lionel 80w.
We put the town in the middle and plan to have the industries/and accessories behind it. Most of the operating accessories will be located there. The large empty section on the left will be "seasonal" with rotating items like amusement park, pumpkin patch, etc., and the area to the front /left of town will be small beach area.
Had hoped to elevate one of the tracks coming out of the future tunnel (under the platform) and run it diagonally over the edge of town across the industrial section before bringing it back down or possibly using a switch to have it loop back so the train can change direction.
We are also using standard 036 curves. Will this be an issue to run a Hudson 4-6-4 or similiar?
The 4th and 5th pictures are the layout in it's current state.
Thanks for taking a look and let me know if you have any suggestions about how we can improve the layout and fun factor.