I apologize for the delay, I've actually been at this project for a few months but I haven't sat down to put together an explanation. I initially tore down part of the layout last year to make room for the pool table, but I never really liked how it came out. I decided at the end of summer to tear the whole thing down and re-design the layout. Of course this caused a rift and my wife really did move out (don't think its bc of the layout, LOL) but the basement is a much better place to be now and viewing the trains will be an enhanced experience with hopefully a lot less headaches.
I kept the same L-girder framework, but made improvements with how the homasote was attached, wiring, track spacing, accessibility, etc. Overall, I learned A LOT over the past 9 years.
I've included some photos that I took and I'm going to try to add a link to the latest youtube video I made. The photos show the area from when the layout was tore down to approximately a few weeks ago.
I've been asked to show the track plan, which is in the photos. I know it is not easy to follow, I created it on SCARM and printed it out into 4 sheets of paper so it is easier to look at. Basically it is one giant loop that meanders up three levels then comes back down. The red is the lower level, green is the middle level, and the blue is the upper level. I don't include switches in my initial plan, those are added in later. There is also going to be a yard, turntable and roundhouse. There also will be tunnels and bridges, again, I don't put these into SCARM.
I have been, and plan on, reusing all of the items from the last layout and adding some additional items to the new one.
I will keep posting as I make progress, the plan it is have trains running the entire layout before Christmas, fingers crossed!