We dismantled our 33x16 layout about a year ago and we might move to a new house in 2-3 years. We have a 7' straight test track but I'm going through withdrawal and want to set up a small layout. My criteria:
1. can be moved around, 3. Minimize footprint when not in use, 4. keep 072 and 081 curves, and 5. a "decent" straightaway so that a large steamer and perhaps 2 passenger cars can all be in a station together.
I gave up several times on my dream, thinking this was too tall an order. And then I thought about a layout that is on casters and in two long pieces that fold down on both sides. I came up with the design shown in my chicken scratch drawings below. It would be approximately 7x12 when set up. The center "table" would be approximately 1 foot wide and the outer legs would be the folding type you see on portable rental tables. The reason for the narrow center is because I plan to make a birthday cake type layout that will be about 1.5' high, so even when folded down, it would be 3' wide without any center. Again, trying to minimize the footprint when not in use. Let me know what you think. Thanks!