Finally got my Mianne bench work and got my first table built. It is very nice, was really easy to assemble and went up really fast. Probably took about 5-6 hours total to assemble including unpacking, sorting the parts and reading the directions. I'm calling this part 1 as the plan is to add another 6' x 16' or so extending down from the lower right corner of the first table as budget permits. Part 1 has used all my available bench work and most of the track I already had, so part 2 will be at least a year or two out while I re-group on track, switches and bench work. This is also my first non-temporary or real layout and I want to use it to learn what I like and don't like about layouts and improve from there when adding the next part. The Mianne bench work is also easily re-configured if need be.
I have a couple of track plans, the first of which is already put together and powered on the table. It was built with the idea of changing it around after using it for a time, while I wait for Atlas to get their switches back in stock. The second plan is what I am thinking about changing it to after Atlas gets restocked with track and switches. They are supposed to be getting some before years end per a phone call the them to order some parts last month.
Anyway, if anyone has any suggestions for improvement I would really like to hear them. My idea was to have two mains and be able to run two trains at once. I also wanted be able to have some sidings and maybe do some switching. Everything will be DCS and Legacy command control, no conventional operation. I have a few buildings and want to purchase a few operating accessories for my grand kids. The Lionel command control crane from the new catalog is one of them. Culvert loader and un-loader and log loader and un-loader are a couple more. My grandson likes to operate stuff like that, and he loves construction equipment. These are made with RR-Track 5 and I have included the rr-track files if anyone want them.
I have already learned a lot here on the ORG forum, but I still have a way to go on a lot of things. I really am new to permanent layouts, so any and all comments are welcome.