Well, since my first post about designing my first permanent layout two years ago, I think I have a final track plan. A lot has changed in that time, including the room that the layout will be in. Instead of a spare bedroom, I was able to procure the bonus room, so I have a 15'x'18' room to work with. The fact that my son moved in with me and needed that bedroom, made the negotiation much easier. Will also make it much easier for us to spend time together on the build.
If your interested in the beginning of this saga, my first post is here: https://ogrforum.ogaugerr.com/...rst-permanent-layout
To recap my goals for the layout:
- Going for a command control (Legacy) toy layout with several operating accessories and decent scenery set in transition era
- Can be operated by one or two operators
- Operations themed with continuous running
- Double connected mainlines with largest curves possible
- Functioning yard that would not interfere with mainlines
- Incorporate my Dept 56 buildings in town area
My current motive power consists of a Legacy GP9, TMCC PA-1 AA, LC+ RS-3 (yard), and a MPC era SD-18 AA soon to be upgraded to TMCC
Layout power primarily from a ZW-L. I also have a 275 watt ZW, CW-80, and 4044 transformers available for lighting, etc.
All rolling stock is traditional. I don't have an interest in running scale equipment in this space. Largest equipment is a set of MTH Premier 18" passenger cars.
With that said, I managed to have both mainlines with O72 minimum. Passenger train siding, and arrival track are all O60 minimum so I can accommodate O54 minimum steam locomotives in the future. Layout will be built using Fastrack.
While I think I have a final plan, I welcome ideas for improvement. Town and control panel are just rough ideas at this point. I'm thinking a sliding drawer for the control panel just to keep the walk around open when the layout is not in use. Aisle way bridge will be hinged and back corners are open for access hatches.