So... I have 12 revisions to this layout... I cannot imagine how the guys and gals ever designed layouts with RR or AR...
My benchwork was finished on Friday... 5 x 17 this gives me 2' on each end to reach. I can access the left side for the first 7' feet of the layout, then my furnace gets in the way. I cannot get the 5' after that' easily' a step ladder gets me up there. I deliberately went with this crossover configuration and placement because I can reach around both side - again with the step stool... whereas if i put them against the far wall... it would have been a total bummer - if there was... or when a derailment happens.
The turnouts are all O-72 with one O-36.. I forgot I had non working 'spare' turnouts... no biggie its only for the siding.
This layout gives me everything that I want in my layout. 3 trains... a must. Conventionally or otherwise.
I wanted to use the MTH double engine house - Use my MTH Operating Platform
Then alot of my city... check check and check...
The next phase is wiring. This bogged down my last layout and I want to make it easy this time around... but that is another post.
I am so happy to have 2' on either side... way better than an extra 4' length wise. My knees are sore from being on the wood top.. and is it normal to have the fastrack rail ties still imprinted in my knees?
But it runs... I only have one train and its Thomas with the LionChief. It is real slow, but the whole track is being powered off the 18 volts.
Finally... after years of not running.. we are up.