Several years ago I engaged Ken to help design a smaller sized layout for my finished basement. He was tremendous help in designing something that would fit the space well and not interfere with the other uses for the basement, primarily a entertainment room and a woodworking shop. Around the same time Ken created a design he shared with the forum that fit the same space, but incorporated elevation changes. I was now conflicted and decided to build both designs on the floor space for experimentation. The flat layout design is better for conventional, while the elevation changes provide more interest to me in both building and watching.
After experimenting the two options, I decided on Ken’s Chippewa Central design:
I did make some modifications. Figured out how to eliminate a few switches without impacting functionality. Also eliminated one of the two Lionel removable truss bridges to improve access to the middle. Last modification was the removal of the yard in the right loop for open park space for a carousel and an N scale train for O scale children to ride. I moved the yard to the right back corner, off of the layout design. It will be a three foot, two line yard that runs along the wall into the basement corner.
Next step was to document the modified design by tracing out the design onto paper from a large paper roll I picked up from Amazon. I marked all the pieces and power drops on the full scale design to help once the tables are built.
It was at this point that my healthcare job got in the way and construction was delayed until this month.