Last night I shared my sketch and ideas for a TTn3.5 layout based on the Prince Edward Island Railway and it’s operations at Midgell. This morning my mind is occasionally driifting back into how I would actually build it. I’m proud of the idea to make the wharf on a hinged section of baseboard on which I’d build the wharf. In fact I’d probably make this piece first and then build the rest of the layout around it. On both ends of the layout I would need a fiddle yard in which to stage trains entering or exiting the station.
As I mentioned, for the next little while, space to build a layout in our house is limited but I do have a place where I could store a layout. The conditions of the space are:
– no more than five feet in length
– no more than fourteen inches in depth
– no more than a total of twelve inches in height
The finished layout and all of it’s fixtures must fit into that cube. Midgell is a fairly shallow space and I tend to wonder if I need to consider a box in which I could “stack” each layout element.
I wanted to put together a post this morning to encourage some of you who read this blog to share your suggestions for how to cram a layout into this space. As for layout concept, what I’ve shared regarding Midgell nicely encapulates what I want. I want to build a layout using TTn3.5 and feel it best balances my love of building models in scale large enough to actually enjoy building those models yet still small enough that I can fit in a space that communicates a spaciousness. The time period for the Midgell idea is the winter of 1916 and that’s about as late a time period as I’d like to consider. I think the MIdgell idea is just about perfect for me so my other suggestion for feedback is to ask for your thoughts on how best to take advantage of this space and what construction methods I should be trying to explore to make the most of this space. What’s the best method to build a box to store these four pieces: Two fiddle yard sections, one layout including the fourth element, the hinged wharf.
What do you think? Let me know.